EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Slovakia vs Croatia Preview & Prediction
When does Slovakia vs Croatia kick off? Friday 6th August, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)
Where is Slovakia vs Croatia being played? City Arena Trnava
What is the weather forecast for Slovakia vs Croatia? Cloudy, 14c
What television channel is Slovakia vs Croatia on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule
Where can I stream Slovakia vs Croatia? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go
What was the score when the teams last met? Slovakia 1-1 Croatia
THE TEAM NEWS
- Slovakia thrashed Azerbaijan 5-1 last time out and will move to the top of Group E on goal difference with three points in this match.
- All the players who started in the last match have been included again so coach Pavel Hapal is unlikely to make many changes to his starting line-up.
- Long-term absentee Adam Zrelak remains sidelined but otherwise Hapal has no major personnel concerns, and midfielder Laszlo Benes has been recalled to the squad.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka, Hamsik; Rusnak, Bozenik, Mak
Unavailable: Zrelak (Injured)
- Croatia's form since reaching the World Cup final last year has been underwhelming, with Zlatko Dalic's side winning four of their last 10 international matches.
- Star man Ante Rebic returns to the squad after missing the last set of matches through injury, but striker Andrej Kramaric and midfielder Mateo Kovacic are notable absentees.
- Bruno Petkovic could therefore start up front having scored his first international goal in the friendly against Tunisia, while regular centre-back Dejan Lovren is lacking match practice.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Livakovic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Modric, Brozovic, Badelj; Brekalo, Rebic, Perisic
Unavailable: Kramaric (Injured), Kovacic (Injured), Pjaca (Injured)
Slovakia have not lost at home to Croatia since 1943 and have only lost one of their last six European qualifiers on home soil. With Croatia not in the best of form and missing a couple of key players, the hosts certainly look good value here.