Spain v Croatia

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Betting suggestion: Spain -0,75 @1,85

So, we have ex. finalist of World Cup against one of the teams who disappointed the most. It will be interesting to see who will fill shoes of Mario Mandžukić, but for now, coach Dalić is trying with a tall player of Anderlecht Ivan Santini as both Rebić and Kramarić are out of the squad. Ivan played in Caen last season and I know him pretty well. He is definitely quality attacker, but is he capable of doing defending work of Mandžukić? I don’t believe it.  They still have Modrić, Rakitić, Kovačić, Perišić, and others, but without Subašić and Mandžukić they miss two very important players. Besides, Dalić has problems in defense where he cannot count on experienced Dejan Lovren, who will be replaced by Mitrović. Without a doubt, Croatians will still play with a very good squad, but I think that they reached the maximum with their golden generation and that their today’s opponent is simply eager for success at this moment. Why I would still be a bit careful with stakes is the fact that Enrique decided to start without Alcantara in midfield. His replacement will be interestingly Ceballos who participated on only 16 matches last season for Real Madrid. Still, up-front they will have Isco-Rodrigo-Asensio, very prolific trio and with “mastermind” of Busquets as a pivot in the midfield, I think that they will show a good performance in Elche. I think that there will be much more “mental tiredness” at Croatians and that Spaniards will take advantage of that. With Alcantara, Aspas, Morata and some others, Enrique an has an advantage on the bench as well.

 

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