Croatia vs Italy Preview: Vatreni’s Last Hope Against The Unstable Gio Azzurri

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 June 2024, 17:37

Croatia vs Italy

Croatia and Italy are set to face off in a crucial UEFA Euro 2024 Group B match at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig. The match promises to be a tense affair, given the current standings in Group B. Italy enters the game with a slight advantage, having scored two goals and conceded one in their previous matches, resulting in a +1 goal differential. Croatia, on the other hand, finds themselves in a more precarious position with two goals scored but five conceded, leaving them with a -3 goal differential. Croatia vs Italy odds put the guest side as the favourites, although, without a big gap. The reason for that, beside the unconvincing performance of Gio Azzurri, lies in the history of head-to-head matches - Croatia does not lose against Italy for 8 eight matches in a row.

Croatia Team News

Croatia's journey in Euro 2024 has been challenging thus far. They suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Spain in their opening match on June 15. Their second game against Albania on June 19 ended in a 2-2 draw, a result that has left them in a difficult position in the group. The Croatian side showed resilience in the Albania match, with Andrej Kramaric equalising in the second half and an own goal briefly putting them ahead, only for Albania to level the score in injury time. Looking ahead to the Italy match, Croatia will need to address their defensive vulnerabilities, having conceded five goals in two matches. The team will likely rely on the experience of veteran midfielder Luka Modric and the attacking prowess of Andrej Kramaric, who has already found the net in this tournament. There is nothing left to the team but give all their best in order not to miss out on the knockout stage for the first time since Euro 2012. 

Italy Team News

Italy, the defending European champions, have had a mixed start to their Euro 2024 campaign. The first match against Albania (2-1) was far from convincing, as Gio Azzurri could have easily lost points, given the chances the Red and Blacks had. In the second match, Italy was completely outplayed by Spain (1-0), and it is only thanks to Gianluiggi Donnarumma, that the scores remained minimal. Given that Italy does not have any chances to finish higher than Spain (given the loss in a head-to-head game), Luciano Spaletti’s side quest for the match against Croatia will be to build a cohesive attacking display, as the team, particularly the forward line, looked quite poor in the first two matches.

Croatia vs Italy Prediction

Italy Draw No Bet

Despite the inconsistency in their game, Italy still presents a formidable opposition, and shows signs of improvement, which became more evident at the end of the match against Spain. Croatia, on the other hand, looks quite desperate and it seems like the golden age of this Croatian squad is coming to an end. Even the legendary Luka Modric, despite claiming that he is in perfect shape, looks exhausted, with his teammates most of the time simply not understanding him. Italy can easily capitalise on the Croatian mistakes and secure at least a point, which will be enough to qualify for the knockout stage. This Croatia vs Italy prediction comes at 1.68 at MrPlay.

Both Teams to Score

Spanish attack, as well as Albanian efforts bared the vulnerabilities of Italian defence, once considered the strongest in Europe. However, the age of Bonucci and Chiellinni is over, and most of the teams can find their way to the Italian net way simpler. On the other hand, given the problems of Croatia, this match can become the perfect opportunity for the main attacking stars of Gio Azzurri, Gianluca Scamacca and Federico Chiesa, to find their ground on the tournament. This outcome can be picked up at 1.70 at MrPlay

Gianluca Scamacca to Score 

As one of the brightest player in the second part of the club season, Scamacca has yet to make his statement as the main forward of the national team. As Italy suffers from the lack of attacking options, this match can be the perfect opportunity for the striker to step in and provide a team with a necessary goal. It will be also beneficial to Scamacca amid the knockout stage, where there will be no room for wasted opportunities and missed chances. This Croatia vs Italy tip comes at 3.90 at MrPlay.

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