January 4, 2022 | News | No Comments
class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both nations needing victory to extend their Euro 2020 campaign into the knockout stages, Goal is backing an open Group D clash at Hampden Park
Scotland are aiming to reach the knockout stages of the European Championship when they host Croatia at Hampden Park in Group D of Euro 2020.
Steve Clarke’s men claimed a famous draw against England last week but, having lost their opening match, only victory will do on Tuesday night if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16.
Croatia vs Scotland Latest Odds
However, Betfair Sportsbook make them 19/10 (2.90) outsiders to take all three points and book their place in the next round as either group runners-up or in third place.
Croatia have also only taken a single point from their first two games and are 13/10 (2.30) favourites to claim the victory needed to move into the knockouts.
A draw would end Euro 2020 for both nations and the bookmaker offer that particular result at 11/4 (3.75).
Croatia vs Scotland Team News
Full-back Borna Barisic has been injured for Croatia’s first two games but could be available for this one after rejoining training, whilst Nikola Vlasic is also in contention.
Billy Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19 and has to self-isolate for 10 days so will miss this clash, whilst Clarke may choose to give Kevin Nisbet a start as Scotland look to break their duck in front of goal.
Croatia vs Scotland Preview
Scotland are the only team yet to score in Euro 2020 but are certainly unfortunate to have got to this point without finding the net, having had 30 shots in the tournament – more than any other side to have only played twice.
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With victory a requirement for Clarke’s men, they will no doubt continue to be industrious against a Croatia side that has conceded in both their games so far and whose only clean sheets in their last 18 games have come against Malta and Cyprus.
However, whilst Zlatko Dalic’s side have been poor at the back in recent years, they have at least enjoyed success going forward with strikes in 15 of those 18 outings, including last Friday against the Czech Republic.
Croatia vs Scotland Tips and Predictions
Neither team can afford to sit back and invite pressure in a must-win game and so Betfair Sportsbook’s price of 3/4 (1.75) on both teams to score looks the way to go for this crucial Euro 2020 group fixture.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.