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Croatia v Portugal: Thomas Giles’ betting tip
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Croatia v Portugal: Thomas Giles’ betting tip

Croatia have arguably been the most impressive side in the tournament so far having managed to pip Spain to first place in Group D whilst playing attractive football. They now face Spain’s neighbours Portugal who have been a major disappointment and only managed to scrape through to the knockout rounds of Euro 2016 after finishing third behind unfancied Hungary and minnows Iceland in Group F. The Croats managed to beat the relentless Spanish side without their main playmaker Luka Modric and their striker Mario Mandzukic. They will have this influential duo back for their match against Portugal which is a huge…

Portugal v Croatia: Gabriele Marcotti’s betting tip (VIDEO)
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Portugal v Croatia: Gabriele Marcotti’s betting tip (VIDEO)

Croatia are favorites here, probably on the strength of beating Spain.  But I also think they could well pay a price for what’s happening off the pitch between the Ultras and the federation. Caught in the middle are the players and it simply adds another unwelcome layer of pressure. Portugal, and especially Ronaldo, were heavily criticized for not winning a single game during the group stages, but they created plenty of chances, especially against Iceland and Austria. And now that Ronaldo is on the scoresheet, it’s hard to see him slowing down. Back Portugal at 3.1 or, for more value,…

Croatia v Portugal: Bradley Gibbs’s betting tip
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Croatia v Portugal: Bradley Gibbs’s betting tip

These two teams made it through to the knockout rounds in somewhat contrasting fashion. Croatia, with two wins and a draw, topped their group and were arguably the most impressive side during the group stages, whereas Portugal, who’re yet to win a game at EURO 2016, limped into the last 16 having finished third in Group F. As a result of such form the Croats come into the game as the 13/8 favourites and rightly so. There’s no doubt whatsoever that Ante Cacic’s men have been the better of these two sides so far and they look a fair bet…

Croatia v Spain: Thomas Giles’ betting tip
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Croatia v Spain: Thomas Giles’ betting tip

Despite optimism over this Croatian golden generation, the Croats have really failed to light up a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup. However, this time this Croatia squad seems to have come together and impressed many neutrals with their displays so far at Euro 2016. They put in a convincing performance against Turkey in the first game and should have beaten the Czech Republic – unfortunately their own fans seemed to ruin that result. Questions were asked of Spain after an abysmal 2014 World Cup but they have already qualified for the last 16 and just need a draw…

Croatia v Spain: Gabriele Marcotti’s betting tip
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Croatia v Spain: Gabriele Marcotti’s betting tip

Events at Croatia’s last two games, with a portion of fans actively trying to misbehave so as to get the country punished and possibly knocked out in protest at the actions of some Croatian FA leaders are bound to affect this match.  The question is how?  Spain have been perhaps the only major country to have played well in both games thus far.  There’s no real reason to expect that will change.  And, in fact, Spain have thus far created more chances than they’ve buried. That’s why I like Spain -1 goal on the handicap at a generous 3/1. Single:…

Czech Republic v Croatia: Tancredi Palmeri’s betting tip
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Czech Republic v Croatia: Tancredi Palmeri’s betting tip

Croatia were one of the few teams during the first round of group games who were able to deliver, including the big ones. So the odds on their win, EVS, against Czech Rep are pure gold. The Czech’s defended well against Spain in parts and were protected well by Cech until almost the last minute vs Spain, but they offered little going forward. And their opponents today (Croatia) are producing some good football right now, so they could, once again, come under siege. You’d feel that in this game the Czech’s wouldn’t sit so deep and would actually try to…

Turkey v Croatia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Turkey v Croatia. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

Croatia seem like a more talented side, but they haven’t played as well as their talent dictates and their coach Ante Čačić is under pressure. Turkey have got pretty much attacking oomph, a bit less so defensively. I think, both of these see themselves as second-best team in the group after Spain so for that reason they would not necessarily mind a draw. Picking it at 2/1 seems reasonable. Single: Lost Turkey v Croatia 12.06.2016 14:00 BST EURO 2016 Bet: Draw @ Will the bet win? Voted 0 user Yes, it will 50% No, it won't 50% Yes, it will…

UEFA EURO 2016: Croatia team preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Croatia team preview

The team from the Balkans perhaps should have qualified more convincingly for EURO 2016 from what was a relatively easy group. However, a defeat against Norway meant that the Scandinavian side nearly pipped Croatia to second place in Group H. Despite this loss in Oslo, Ante Čačić’s men managed to scrape through by one point thanks to going unbeaten throughout the rest of the campaign. The team in the instantly recognisable checked shirts find themselves in Group D alongside Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic. With the pool of talent they have in their squad, the Croats will be confident of…

UEFA EURO 2016: Group D betting preview
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UEFA EURO 2016: Group D betting preview

Although Spain have been among the favourites for every major tournament in the last 8-10 years, following their poor showing at the 2014 World Cup, this group is very well matched so the first game will be absolutely vital when it comes to establishing the hierarchy. Croatia The team in the famous checked shirt have yet to reach the levels achieved in the 1998 World Cup, where they finished third, but are always seen as a dark horse going into any tournament. They have a very solid base at the back, as shown by the fact they only conceded five…

Croatia – Israel. Editors’ prediction
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Croatia – Israel. Editors’ prediction

The group of attacking players from the Croatian national team can scare any defence: Mandzukic, Perisic, Kalinic, Halilovic and Modric all are showing their best in Serie A and La Liga. As we remember, Ante Cacic’ team scored three goals against Russia in November in a friendly. Israel can’t now be rated even as high as Russia – they are only 67th in the FIFA world rankings. They lost their two last games against Cyprus (1:2) and Belgium (1:3) last October. We can find value in backing Croatia to score more than two goals in the upcoming game. The odds at…

Russia – Croatia. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Russia – Croatia. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Russia are to play their second friendly, now against Croatia in Rostov-on-Don. And there will be a different first 11 as Leonid Slutsky said after the game vs Portugal (1-0). It may bring a little of unbalance to their game. They left very good impression vs Portugal. All key figures chosen by Slutsky showed their efficiency. The team was very solid and they scored a beautiful goal. Now some other players will get a chance. As we know Croatia will not bring their key players. Some of them are missing. There will be no Luca Modric and this is a big…

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