Croatia vs Greece Preview

Croatia vs Greece

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Maksimir Stadium

Date: 9th November 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Croatia will be without Mateo Kovacic and Milan Badej for this game but midfield is an area where they have an abundance of talent with the likes of Luca Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic all available for selection.

Their interim manager will feel he needs to take them to the world cup if he wants to get the job on a permanent basis.

The Croats will be looking to take advantage of playing this tie at home and get as many goals as they can because playing at the Olympiacos Stadium where the second leg is scheduled to take place will be tough as Barcelona found out last week.

These sides have met six times before now with three games in Croatia ending in draws, one win for the Croats and the Greeks winning two.

Greece are the fathers of causing shocks in the World of football and they could be set to cause another one here as they look to deny Croatia a chance of going to Russia.

Their Euro 2004 win is still one of the biggest shocks of world football especially how they won the semi final against the Czech Republic with virtually their one and only real shot on target.

They are always happy to be underdogs and that is still the case here as Croatia are favourites in this clash after they surprisingly lost out to Iceland in their group.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Croatia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Ukraine 0-2 Croatia Oct 9, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Croatia 1-1 Finland Oct 6, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Turkey 1-0 Croatia Sep 5, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Croatia 1-0 Kosovo Sep 3, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Iceland 1-0 Croatia Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Greece

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Greece 4-0 Gibraltar Oct 10, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Cyprus 1-2 Greece Oct 7, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Greece 1-2 Belgium Sep 3, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Greece 0-0 Estonia Aug 31, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece Jun 9, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA


H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Greece 2-0 Croatia Oct 7, 2011 European Championship Qualifying
Croatia 0-0 Greece Sep 7, 2010 European Championship Qualifying

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