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Slovenia vs Croatia Prediction & Match Preview



Slovenia vs Croatia Prediction & Match Preview



24 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Slovenia and Croatia, the two neighbouring countries, face each other at Stadion Stozice in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. 

Slovenia missed out on a place at the EURO 2021 finals, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful qualifying campaign. 

Fit-again midfielder Josip Ilicic will be the man to watch in the home team. The Croats, on the other hand, did well to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, and they are on a quest to repeat the success.

Ivan Rakitic is no longer part of the national team, but Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric will surely pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. 

The good news for the visitors is that Milan attacker Ante Rebic has overcome his injury. 

Anyhow, Croatia are more of a team than Slovenia, and we predict that the visitors will prove their worth on the field.

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

Teams Slovenia Croatia played so far 4 matches.
Slovenia won 0 direct matches. Croatia won 2 matches. 2 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Slovenia vs Croatia Prediction

Slovenia in actual season average scored 1.30 goals per match. In 9 (64.29%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (28.57%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Croatia average scored 1.66 goals per match in season 2021. In 18 (94.74%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (68.42%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Slovenia's number one Oblak is likely to be protected by Bojan Jokic once again, as the 100-cap left-back has returned to the squad and will be his side's most experienced player for March's fixtures, so a battle for the armband could ensue between the pair.

Serie A is well-represented in Kek's midfield ranks, as Atalanta's Josip Ilicic, Parma's Jasmin Kurtic and Genoa's Miha Zajc are all included in the squad and in contention to start on Wednesday.

However, Dynamo Kiev's Benjamin Verbic will not be taking part due to injury, while Hannover's Jaka Bijol is observing a quarantine period and may not be involved despite his selection.

Rakitic has fond memories of playing against Slovenia, but the Sevilla man has now retired from international duty, while Ante Rebic, Marko Rog and Bruno Petkovic will play no part due to injuries.

In a completely farcical situation, vice-captain Domagoj Vida played 45 minutes in November's friendly against Turkey before finding out he had contracted coronavirus, but the 84-cap defender is back in the fold and ready for action this week.

With Rebic and Petkovic in the treatment room, Kramaric seems set to lead the line for the visitors, with Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric anchoring the midfield.

Slovenia possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Stojanovic, Mevlja, Blazic, Jokic; Kurtic, Zajc; Crnigoj, Ilicic, Bohar; Sporar

Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Modric, Kovacic; Brekalo, Vlasic, Perisic; Kramaric