EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Croatia vs Slovakia Preview & Prediction
When does Croatia vs Slovakia kick off? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)
Where is Croatia vs Slovakia being played? Stadion HNK Rijeka
What television channel is Croatia vs Slovakia 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 Croatia vs Slovakia? 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 0-4 Croatia
THE TEAM NEWS
- Croatia need just one point in their final game to qualify while victory would seal top spot, and they have never lost in 13 home games at Stadion HNK Rijeka.
- The established centre-back pairing of Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are both suspended after their bookings against Wales, so Duje Caleta-Car is likely to start.
- Matej Mitrovic, Ivan Rakitic and Andrej Kramaric have all had to withdraw because of injury but Marcelo Brozovic is available again having been suspended for the Wales game.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Livakovic; Bartolec, Jedvaj, Caleta-Car, Barisic; Modric, Kovacic; Rebic, Vlasic, Perisic; Petkovic
Unavailable: Kramaric (Injured), Mitrovic (Injured), Pjaca (Injured), Vrsaljko (Injured), Rakitic (Injured), Vida (Suspended), Lovren (Suspended)
- Slovakia are two points behind second-placed Hungary with a game in hand going into this meeting, so defeat could spell the end of their qualification hopes.
- Norbert Gyomber is suspended following his dismissal against Wales so with Martin Skrtel and Tomas Hubocan now retired from international football, Denis Vavro could partner Milan Skriniar in the centre of defence.
- Laszlo Benes has pulled out of the squad and Adam Zrelak remains sidelined, while youngster Robert Bozenik is set to start up front again with Adam Nemec also retiring since the last international break.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Dubravka; Pekarik, Vavro, Skriniar, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka, Hamsik; Rusnak, Bozenik, Mak
Unavailable: Zrelak (Injured), Benes (Injured), Kozacik (Injured), Gyomber (Suspended)
Croatia have taken 14 points from their seven matches in Group E but they have only managed two clean sheets. Slovakia have not kept a clean sheet on their travels in any competition since 2014 and with both teams lacking experience at the back for this one, both should be fancied to score.