Croatia (@2.4) vs Azerbaijan (@1.5)
23-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Azerbaijan will win

Croatia – Azerbaijan Match Prediction | 23-08-2019

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The visitors come into this Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as firm underdogs against Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Wales. They have failed to beat minnows Malta both home and away and were held to a draw at home against Kosovo. Their last match was a dreadful 4-0 defeat against the recently formed Kosovo, and this isnt the only disappointing result to fall their way recently.

In season 2010/2011 Perisic was topscorer of the highest Belgian football division scoring 22 goals. One of Perisic biggest weaknesses is his lack of technique which is required to play for the biggest football clubs. Perisic won several prizes in his career but didnt always play a big role in them. Because of his strength and vision its hard to win a duel against Perisic. Perisic is known for being a strong right-footed attacking midfielder.

Rahid Amirguliyev, Javid Imamverdiyev and Afran Ismayilov are among the absentees, while forward Ruslan Qurbanov and defensive trio Urfan Abbasov, Pavel Pashayev and Shahriyar Aliyev also miss out. Neftci defensive duo Omar Buludov and Anton Krivotsyuk are among six uncapped players in the squad in total. Azerbaijan have made several changes from the squad which travelled to Kosovo for their final UEFA Nations League match. Goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev remains out of the squad too, with Salahat Aghayev the only capped keeper selected.

Croatia vs Azerbaijan Home team tipped to dominate

Azerbaijan will need to find a way not to get demotivated with such a hard game for their opener in the Euros. They are on the road and are going against one of the best teams currently in the world. Even when pitted with the minnows of world football, the likes of Faroe Islands, Malta etc, the squad failed to come out on top of their group stage games.

Zlatko Dalics men recorded four wins in previous five home games in the qualification for Euro. You should bear in mind that Croatia have yet to suffer a loss on home soil in the Euro qualifiers. Croatia, who made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, take on Azerbaijan at Stadion Maksimir at the start of their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign. In their last meeting in Croatia Zlatko Dalics team hammered the Azeri 6-0. The Croats aim to make a flying start and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Qurban Qurbanovs troops. A man to watch in the home side will be Real Madrid ace Luka Modric, whilst Mario Mandzukic is likely to lead the line for the hosts. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Croatias party at Stadion Maksimir.

Croatia and Azerbaijan have only met in two previous games, both of which were in qualifying for the last European Championships. Croatia won 6-0 at home, with Ivan Perisic scoring twice and Andrej Kramaric, Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric (with a penalty) and an own goal ensuring a comfortable win. The reverse fixture in Baku ended in a goalless draw, however.

Now, the team hopes to take a shot at the continental title. A mismatch in all sense of the word. Croatia surprised everyone with their inspirational run to the final of the World Cup, where they looked for a moment that they might have toppled the all-conquering France. The runners-up of the World Cup are taking on one of the weakest teams in the competition. Due to fatigue, and some extraordinary talent on the other side, dishearteningly, Croatia had to let go of their title hopes.

You should bear in mind that Croatia have yet to suffer a loss on home soil in the Euro qualifiers. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Croatias party at Stadion Maksimir. The Croats aim to make a flying start and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Qurban Qurbanovs troops. Croatia, who made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, take on Azerbaijan at Stadion Maksimir at the start of their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign. Zlatko Dalics men recorded four wins in previous five home games in the qualification for Euro. A man to watch in the home side will be Real Madrid ace Luka Modric, whilst Mario Mandzukic is likely to lead the line for the hosts. In their last meeting in Croatia Zlatko Dalics team hammered the Azeri 6-0.

Correct score prediction: Croatia 5-0 Azerbaijan

They had previously beaten Faroe Islands, with Dimitrij Nazarov and Mahir Madatov scoring in Novembers victory their second against them. Draws home and away with Malta, both of which finished 1-1, and a stalemate at home to Kosovo meant they finished the group in second place. A 4-0 defeat to Kosovo in their final match meant Azerbaijan were denied top spot in their UEFA Nations League group, and ended their six-match unbeaten streak.

They then gained revenge against Spain as Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring an Tin Vedjav scored twice including a last-minute winner to claim a 3-2 win. A pair of away defeats in the UEFA Nations League 6-0 in Spain and 2-1 in England sandwich two wins a draw on home soil for Croatia. Another Kramaric goal was not enough last time out against England, however the hosts coming from behind to win. A goalless draw in a closed stadium with England followed the thrashing in Spain, before Domagoj Vida and Matej Mitrovic scored in a 2-1 friendly win against Jordan.

Expect them to dole out another easy victory this Thursday. Just the last game between these teams where Croatia played hosts, ended in a 6-0 win for them. Whereas, Azerbaijan was winless in 18 of their last 22 games on the road. Importantly, Croatia is unbeaten against this team in the last ten years and has a 100% winning record at home in this period. On top of that, Croatia is unbeaten at home in their last 20 attempts and recorded 14 wins in the while.

Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 29 conceded; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 13 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss to Kosovo by (4-0). In the last 7 away matches Azerbaijan has won 2, tied 1 and lost 4.