Euro | Spain vs Croatia


Croatia vs Spain predictions, Spain will be looking to build on their five-star performance in their last match in the European Championship when they face Croatia in the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday night.
La Roja finished second in Group E to progress to the knockout stages of the competition, while Croatia, who were eliminated at this stage of the 2016 tournament, claimed second place in Group D behind England.
Croatia got their Group D campaign off to the worst possible start, as a 1-0 loss to England on June 13 saw the 2018 World Cup finalists catch up, especially as the Czech Republic opened their tournament with a win over Scotland joining England with three points after the first gameweek. .
The Blazers were then held to a 1-1 draw by the Czech Republic, which leaves them in a tough spot ahead of their clash with Scotland on June 22, but a strong performance from Zlatko Dalic's side saw them claim all three points thanks to a 3-1 Success, with Nikola Vlasic , Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic as goalscorers.
The win at Hampden Park actually allowed Croatia to move above the Czech Republic into second place in Group D, which ultimately saw them face a tough last-16 clash with Spain.
Dalic's team, as mentioned, reached the 2018 World Cup final, but their record at the European Cup has been disappointing, having failed to progress from the quarter-finals.
Despite a strong showing against Scotland, it's hard to imagine the Blazers seriously challenging for the trophy, as they could meet favorites France in the quarter-finals before potentially beating Belgium, Portugal or Italy in the semi-finals, who are placed on the more difficult side of the draw.
Spain, meanwhile, effortlessly put on their excellent display at Euro 2020 on Wednesday night, as they recorded a 5-0 win over Slovakia to secure their place in the last 16.
La Roja looked set to finish top of Group E, but Sweden scored a late goal to beat Poland on the same night, which allowed them to climb to the top and push Luis Enrique's side into second.
Spain opened their tournament with a goalless draw against Sweden on June 14 before being held to a 1-1 draw by Poland five days later, when Robert Lewandowski canceled out an effort from Alvaro Morata, which left the three-time winners facing possible elimination in the group stages.
The five-star show against Slovakia arrived on 23 June, with Aymeric Laporte, Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres on the scoresheet, while two own goals also helped Enrique's side.
La Roja are looking to win a fourth European Championship, which would make them the most successful team in the tournament's history. Currently, they have the same three trophies as Germany, having won in the famous 1964, 2008 and 2012 editions of the competition.
The Croatia XI is expected to have a similar display to the one that started against Scotland last time out, with Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic back in midfield in a 4-3-3 formation.
Vlasic was introduced to the first team for the game against Scotland and justified his selection with a goal, meaning he could keep his place.
Sime Vrsaljko will be hoping to win back the right-back position from Josip Juranovic, but could otherwise be an unchanged side, with Bruno Petkovic likely to retain his place in the final third alongside Perisic.
As for Spain, there's no doubt that a performance against Slovakia will please Enrique, who is likely to give Sarabia another start in attack.
Cesar Azpilicueta could prevent Marcos Llorente from featuring at right-back once again, but there could be a change in the back four, with Pau Torres potentially replacing Eric Garcia to start with Laporte.
Ferran Torres and Thiago Alcantara are both expected to drop out of place in the first XI despite impressive displays from the bench against Slovakia.
Morata's place in the side continues to be debated, but the 28-year-old, who missed a penalty on Wednesday, appears to have the full backing of his manager and is likely to keep his place in the middle of the front three, while Villarreal's Gerard Moreno could also be given the nod in the attacking area. (red)

Possible Lineup Croatia vs Spain:

Croatia (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josko Gvardiol, Domagoj Vida, Duje Caleta-Car, Sime Vrsaljko; Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric; Nikola Vlasic, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic

Spanish (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta; Sergio Busquets, Koke, Pedri; Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo, Alvaro Morata

Score Prediction Croatia vs Spain: 1-2
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