Wales will be looking to make a positive start to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign when they travel to face Croatia in their opening game on Saturday evening.
The meeting in Split will be a good barometer of where they are at, although the team is likely to be reshuffled after Ben Davies withdrew from the squad through injury.
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Defender Morgan Fox and goalkeeper Tom King have been called up and Rob Page’s charges will face a stern test.
Croatia, who were knocked out of the World Cup in Qatar in the Round of 16 stage, have a few familiar faces, including Luka Modric.
Should Croatia reach and end up winning Euro 2024, then Modric will be hoping to eclipse Ricardo Carvalho’s record of being the oldest player (38 years and 53 days) to win the European Championships.
This promises to be an enthralling clash, and to guide you through, we have handpicked a couple of intriguing tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.
Croatia to edge out Wales
You imagine Wales will be duking it out for the top spot in Group D, and bar Croatia, there aren’t too many difficult assignments.
And it’s fair to say that Croatia won’t give anything away cheaply. In six clashes with the Croatians, Wales are yet to taste victory, and they have drawn twice.
Interestingly, two of the past three fixtures between these two sides have seen the Over 2.5 goals line hit.
Croatia will relish the challenge, and it could be a fast and frantic contest for us to get our teeth stuck into.
For my first pick, I have a hunch that Croatia will win and BTTS, a price that is available at 3/1 with bet365.
Set piece to break the deadlock
Croatia is packed with attacking talent, and there are a few candidates who excel when it comes to dead-ball situations.
One of those is Ivan Perisic, and while Wales may be difficult to break down in open play, Croatia could well find some joy with set pieces.
Instead of picking who will score anytime or grab the first goal of the game, I have gone with a William Hill special.
More specifically, I have a hunch that the opening goal of the game could arrive via a free-kick, which if you fancy following up on it, then it is available at 14/1 with this bookmaker.
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