Croatia v Spain betting tips: Goals finally flowing for Copenhagen foes
Preview and odds for the round-of-16 match
Both teams failed to win their group at Euro 2020 and now have a tough route to the final as we highlight some Croatia v Spain betting tips ahead of their round-of-16 clash.
One win apiece from their three matches has resulted in the pair being placed in the hardest side of the draw and France – the favourites in the Euro 2020 winner odds – are likely to be the next opponents for the winners.
Monday’s match, which is live on ITV and kicks off at 5pm, is being held at the Parken Stadium in the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Croatia v Spain match odds
Spain made much harder work in qualifying for the knockout stage than many expected and were in danger of elimination heading into their final game.
La Roja paid the price for missed chances as they were held to a goalless draw by eventual group winners Sweden and then had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Poland.
The goals finally flowed against Slovakia as they cruised to a 5-0 victory despite Alvaro Morata’s first-half penalty miss.
Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka kept out the spot-kick but undid his good work by conceding a terrible own goal and then getting caught out of position to allow Aymeric Laporte to head in.
It made Spain’s life much easier than they would have anticipated and Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres were also on target before another own goal by Juraj Kucka.
Coach Luis Enrique believes there is more to come from his team and said: “It’s a good game; Croatia are a top team with players we know well.
“It’s going to be a tough match but when you get through to the last 16 you can’t expect to play easy teams.
“We will now prepare for the last 16 with plenty of confidence and we are desperate for Monday to come around.”
Croatia also went into their final game without a win but a 3-1 victory over Scotland lifted them into second place in Group D.
The only wins in their previous 11 matches had been against Cyprus and Malta so the Hampden Park success will have been a welcome confidence boost.
Croatia v Spain head-to-head
These teams were in the same group as each other for the inaugural Nations League in 2018 and both won the home encounter – results which allowed England to top the group instead.
Spain thrashed Croatia 6-0 in the first meeting and the return game was another high-scoring contest as Tin Jedvaj’s second-half brace helped Croatia to a 3-2 victory.
They also met in the group stage at the last Euros in 2016 when Croatia won 2-1 despite going behind to a Morata goal early on.
Nikola Kalinic equalised just before half-time and Spain defender Sergio Ramos had a penalty saved before Ivan Perisic fired in a late winner.
Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Alba, Laporte, Busquets, Koke, Pedri, Morata, Moreno, Sarabia.
Croatia have an ageing squad but Perisic and Luka Modric showed they can still be a threat with their second-half goals to see off Scotland.
They are again likely to be key to Croatia’s chances but most of Spain’s players will be used to facing Real Madrid man Modric; whether they can stop him is another matter.
Morata and Gerard Moreno have been guilty of wasting chances but are the leading contenders in the first goalscorer odds. Both can be backed at 7/2 to open the scoring while Morata is 2/1 to score in a Spain win.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication