Croatia

Croatia vs Spain

, KO: 17:00 Jun 28, 2021, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Spain
 
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SPAIN at last delivered and took their chances as they blew Slovakia away in their final group game and they face Scotland's conquerors Croatia for a place in the quarter-finals in Copenhagen on Sunday.

Pressure had been building on manager Luis Enrique after his misfiring strikers failed to set the tournament alight in their first two games which resulted in two hugely disappointing draws against Sweden and Poland.

But they bounced back in some style against a punch-drunk Slovakian team and could have scored even more than the five they managed as they looked something like the Spain of old.

However, they will face a Croatian side who also rolled back the years with a dominant display against the Scots. Aided by the magical Luka Modric, Croatia put a couple of very uninspiring displays against England and the Czech Republic to one side to completely dominate the Hampden showdown.

So it's an intriguing case of which Spain and Croatia will turn up at the Parken – the swashbuckling version of the third group game or the frustrating version of the first two matches in their section?

What the bookies say

Spain are odds-on favourites to win in 90 minutes at 8/13 with 888Sport. The Croatians can be backed at 6/1 with William Hill's and the draw is 14/5 with BetVictor. In the to qualify markets, Spain are 8/25 with TonyBet and Croatia are 12/5 with the same firm.

Recent head to heads

This is their first knockout match, but Croatia netted a last gasp goal to beat Spain 3-2 in Zagreb three years ago in a Nations League encounter below. It extracted a measure of revenge for a 6-0 thumping they received in Spain.

Players to watch

Spain have had a real problem in their striker pairings, but Pablo Sarabia started and scored against Slovakia and should get the nod against the Croats too. He's 29/10 with Unibet to score anytime.

While Modric scored against Scotland, so did Nikola Vlasic who was even afforded a rest later on in the game to be fresh for this Last 16 game. He looked a real handful and is attractively priced at 5/1 with SportNation to net.

Anything else catch the eye?

Although Croatia were excellent against Scotland, they still allowed Steve Clarke's side plenty of opportunities and you can't be doing that against a class act like Spain.

The five goals they got against Slovakia should give the Spaniards a real injection of confidence and it wouldn't be a surprise if they carried it on in Denmark.

A Spain win and over 2.5 goals is 13/8 with Paddy Power and that looks more value than just betting Spain at odds-on

Spain have managed six, seven and seven corners in their three games and there were 12 in the Croatia v Scotland game, so Unibet's generous 12/5 for over 10.5 corners has a real chance.

 
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This match between Croatia and Spain will be played on Jun 28, 2021 and kick off at 17:00. Check below for our tipsters best Croatia vs Spain prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

Croatia Form
22 Jun 21
Croatia
3 - 1
Scotland

18 Jun 21
Croatia
1 - 1
Czech Republic

13 Jun 21
England
1 - 0
Croatia

6 Jun 21
Belgium
1 - 0
Croatia

1 Jun 21
Croatia
1 - 1
Armenia

Spain Form
23 Jun 21
Slovakia
0 - 5
Spain

19 Jun 21
Spain
1 - 1
Poland

14 Jun 21
Spain
0 - 0
Sweden

8 Jun 21
Spain
4 - 0
Lithuania

4 Jun 21
Spain
0 - 0
Portugal

Croatia vs Spain Betting Tips & Predictions
Spain to win and over 2.5 goals
13/8
PaddyPower
Over 10.5 corners
12/5
UniBet
Pablo Sarabia to score anytime
29/10
UniBet
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