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Croatia vs Cyprus Prediction & Match Preview



Croatia vs Cyprus Prediction & Match Preview



27 March 2021 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET World Cup Qual

After suffering a 1-0 loss to Slovenia in their opener, Croatia will be looking to return to winning ways in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they take on Cyprus at Stadion HNK Rijeka. 

The Croats failed to impress in the opening match of their qualifying campaign, but the World Cup finalists are seen as hot favourites to beat Cyprus on home soil. 

Despite the defeat in Ljubljana, Zlatko Dalic is unlikely to make changes to the starting XI.

The Cypriotes, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Slovakia in their opener, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Croatia. 

Since Zlatko Dalic’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return Nicosia empty-handed. 

When the two teams met in a friendly seven years ago Croatia defeated Cyprus 2-0.

Croatia vs Cyprus: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Croatia Cyprus played so far 1 matches.
Croatia won 1 direct matches. Cyprus won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Croatia vs Cyprus Prediction

Croatia in actual season average scored 1.61 goals per match. In 15 (93.75%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (81.25%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Cyprus average scored 0.89 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (84.62%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Croatia manager Dalic affirmed that Borna Barisic's substitution at half time was down to fears of the Rangers man being sent off, but the left-back will hope to be given another chance this weekend.

Atalanta's Mario Pasalic could provide some fresh legs in midfield as Croatia aim to make the net ripple, while Josip Brekalo and Mislav Orsic are both candidates to replace Ivan Perisic on the left flank.

With Ante Rebic and Bruno Petkovic both nursing injuries, Andrej Kramaric should continue to spearhead the attack over Ante Budimir.

Cyprus have no reason to make many alterations after a solid first game, but goalkeeper Dimitris Dimitriou and winger Ioannis Pittas will miss their third game with Slovenia if they pick up bookings.

Hibernian midfielder Alex Gogic will hope to earn his fifth cap for the national team here, while Pieros Sotiriou is two strikes away from matching Constantinos Charalambidis - the country's third highest goalscorer - in the charts.

Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Caleta-Car, Lovren, Barisic; Modric, Kovacic; Vlasic, Pasalic, Perisic; Kramaric

Cyprus possible starting lineup:
Dimitriou; Psaltis, K. Sotiriou, Laifis, Ioannou; Artymatas, Kyriakou, Kastanos; Papoulis, P. Sotiriou, Pittas