Euro Betting: Croatia vs Scotland, 22 June
Final Group Games | Group D | Glasgow
Their Euros So Far
Croatia and Scotland are virtually neck-and-neck going into their final Euro group game, with only a one goal advantage for the Croats keeping them in 3rd place ahead of Tuesday’s game. Zlatko Dalic’s men have had an underwhelming Euros so far, with his World Cup finalists not quite showing the class, fight, and bite that they are renowned for. An opening game defeat to England made things challenging, but then only getting a draw against Czech Republic in game 2 means that their final game against Scotland is a must-win for both sides if they are to be in with a chance of qualifying.
For the Scots, there are signs of improvement. They too suffered an opening game defeat – a 2-0 loss to Czech Republic. Although they showed fight and had chances in that game, their own mistakes were their undoing, plus a moment of brilliance from Czech forward, Patrik Schick, who scored the probable goal of the tournament.
The second game for the Tartan Army was the result that gives them hope going into the final game. A battling draw against the ‘auld enemy’, England, showed Steve Clarke’s men that they can mix it with the bigger teams.
So, two sides who have one last throw of the dice to be in with a chance of reaching the knockout stages. This could be a real exciting game!
With England and the Czech Republic both on four points, Croatia must win to stay in contention to be at least a best third-placed team, though they can still overtake Czech Republic for second place on overall goal difference.
Nothing less than a victory will be enough for the Scots to progress. Depending on goals scored in their game, as well as the opposite fixture between Czech Republic and England, a victory will either give them a third placed finish as one of the best third placed teams to go through, or even second place. Group D is very open going into the final games.
Croatia will be heading into their final group game in pursuit of their first ever win against the Scots. Both home and away, Scotland remain unbeaten in their past five games with Croatia.
The first three games ended in draws, but the Tartan Army conquered the Croats in the last two meetings during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Robert Snodgrass was a scorer in both games, with Scotland winning 1-0 away and 2-0 at Hampden Park, the same venue for this Euro 2020 stand-off.
So, will Croatia finally awaken ready for the knockout rounds? Or will Scotland keep them sleeping with a knockout of their own?