Wales v Croatia Predictions

Wales vs Croatia

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Wales v Croatia Betting Tips

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CROATIA TO WIN @ 11/8

Wales v Croatia Bet Tip 2

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GARETH BALE TO SCORE ANYTIME @ 9/5

Wales v Croatia Match Preview

It's crunch time for Ryan Giggs in the Wales hotseat. Thursday's 1-1 draw in Slovakia keeps their Euro 2020 qualification hopes alive as they remain three points behind second-place with a game in hand. That game in hand happens to be against the group leaders and World Cup runners-up Croatia on Sunday evening, though they do have a home advantage.

Nerves will be jangling for Welsh fans, especially as there's not been a great deal in the tenure of Ryan Giggs that's shown they're capable of stepping up to a test like this. They reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and more brilliant talents have emerged since then, but the national team just seem to have gone backwards since Chris Coleman left.

Wales Team News

It's been a mixed record for Wales in this qualifying group - two defeats, two wins and a draw. They lost the away fixture to Croatia back in June, going two goals behind and unable to find an equaliser when Bournemouth's David Brooks struck back 15 minutes before full-time. They followed that disappointment, albeit excusable, with a much more damaging result three days later: losing 1-0 away to Hungary thanks to an insipid, toothless performance.

Things haven't been massively positive since then, but at least they look to be competitive and back on the right track, beating Azerbaijan 2-1 last month before keeping things nicely balanced with a 1-1 draw away to qualification rivals Slovakia on Thursday evening. Wigan's towering centre-forward Kieffer Moore gave Wales a first-half lead, but they failed to see it through as Juraj Kucka pegged them back early in the second half.

Gareth Bale is fit and available and still playing at the highest level of European football after his proposed move to China broke down in the summer, which can only be a good thing for his national team. Juventus' Aaron Ramsey is touching and go after having been forced to sit out Thursday's match, while Manchester United's Daniel James is expected to feature with another lively and enthusiastic performance required.

Croatia Team News

It's been a strange year for the Croatian national side after they were defeated 4-2 by France in last summer's World Cup final. Some results have suggested that they're capable of maintaining the same path, such as a 3-2 home victory over Spain in the Nations League, and recent 4-0 and 3-0 wins against Slovakia and Hungary have underlined their status as the best team in this group. But they also lost 6-0 to Spain and 2-1 away to England, also losing 2-1 away to Hungary in this set of qualifiers.

They still boast a world-class midfield, featuring Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic and Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who looks to be refinding his best form after suffering something of a World Cup hangover last season.

But star striker Mario Mandzukic has retired from the national team, leaving Dinamo Zagreb's Bruno Petkovic to lead the line. He's scored six goals in his last ten appearances for club and country, including two as Croatia beat Hungary 3-0 on Thursday. Travelling has been something of an issue for Croatia of late - they beat Slovakia 4-0 last month, but have otherwise failed to win five of their last six away games, losing to England and Spain in the Nations League last year and Hungary in this qualifying group, with the latest disappointment coming on the road with a 1-1 draw last month in Azerbaijan.

Is Wales v Croatia on TV?

Yes, the Wales v Croatia is being shown live on UK television. It's a 19:45 kick-off on Sunday October 13th and it's being shown on S4C, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

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