EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Wales vs Croatia Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Wales vs Croatia kick off? Sunday 13th October, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Wales vs Croatia being played? Cardiff City Stadium

What television channel is Wales 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 Wales 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? Croatia 2-1 Wales

THE TEAM NEWS

WALES

  • Wales remain fourth in Group E after a 1-1 draw with Slovakia on Thursday but defeat in this match would all but end their hopes of qualification.
  • Manager Ryan Giggs tinkered with his line-up again on Thursday, making four changes, with Tom Lockyer surprisingly picked at centre-back ahead of Ashley Williams.
  • Aaron Ramsey remains doubtful after missing the Slovakia match with a thigh injury while Kieffer Moore should keep his place up front after scoring on his competitive debut.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Hennessey; C. Roberts, Lockyer, Rodon, B. Davies; Ampadu, Allen; Bale, Wilson, James; Moore

Unavailable: Brooks (Injured), Mepham (Injured)

Doubtful: Ramsey (Injured)

CROATIA

  • Croatia extended their lead at the top of the group to three points with a 3-0 win at home to Hungary on Thursday and victory in Cardiff would book their place at next year's tournament.
  • Midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is suspended after receiving his third caution of the campaign against Hungary, with Mateo Kovacic most likely to take his place.
  • Coach Zlatko Dalic is unlikely to make any other changes to his side, with Bruno Petkovic sure to lead the attack again after his two goals against Hungary.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Livakovic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Modric, Kovacic; Rebic, Rakitic, Perisic; Petkovic

Unavailable: Kramaric (Injured), Mitrovic (Injured), Pjaca (Injured), Vrsaljko (Injured), Pivaric (Injured), Brozovic (Suspended)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Wales are unbeaten in their last nine European qualifiers on home soil and have conceded just three goals in the process. They have never scored more than two goals either, though, and with Croatia conceding just once in their last three qualifiers, this is likely to be a tight affair with very few goals.

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