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Spain aims for emphatic double over Croatia in UEFA Nations League

Spain Croatia UEFA Nations League soccer betting odds

Following their close-to-heroic exploits at the World Cup earlier this year, Croatia has been brought back down to earth with a bump. With no wins and no goals since that World Cup final appearance, they now host Spain in Zagreb on Thursday evening in desperate need of three points to give their UEFA Nations League campaign the kick-start it needs.

SHARK BITES
  • Croatia has won just one of its last five matches across all competitions.
  • Spain has won three of its four matches since the World Cup.
  • The last match between these two teams ended in a 6-0 win for Spain.

Spain on the road to recovery

After a hugely disappointing showing which saw Spain eliminated from the World Cup at the Round of 16 stage by hosts Russia, there have been encouraging signs over recent months that the former world champions are on the road to recovery. Now with former midfielder Luis Enrique at the helm of the country’s ship, the side has won three of its four matches since the World Cup, including a 6-0 mauling of Croatia back in September.

Croatia, in stark contrast, has been on a downward spiral since making it all the way to the World Cup final. They have won just one of five matches across all competitions and have not won a competitive fixture since the summer.

It is therefore of little surprise to see Spain, despite being away from home, come into this match as the clear favorite to take all three points. You can back the visitors to pick up a win on the road at +105, with Croatia out at +260 to get its first win in the UEFA Nations League under its belt. A draw comes in slightly lower at +230.

Spain likely to continue revival

Under Enrique, Spain has looked a completely different proposition, whereas Croatia would appear to be struggling for both form and confidence, their exploits from the summer now lodged firmly in the past. Therefore we are expecting Spain to collect all three points in Zagreb, and while it is never easy trying to predict the exact scoreline of any match, a 2-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at +800 and looks worth backing given the recent form of both sides.

That in turn would allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game, which is priced at +110, and both teams to score, which comes in short at -120. Therefore, in an attempt to boost any potential earnings from this clash, it is worth considering combo betting, where you can select multiple outcomes at higher odds.

For example, a Spain win combined with both teams to score is at the much higher price of +350, while an away victory and OVER 2.5 goals in the game is priced at +250. OVER 2.5 goals in the game and both teams to score comes in at +140.

Spain to take the initiative from the off

Given their excellent recent form, we are expecting Spain to start this game on the front foot and look for the opening goal. You can back Spain to score in both halves at +240, while they are at +600 to actually go out and win both halves.

But who is likely to get the goals on the night? Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is at the shortest odds to find the back of the net and is priced at +137 to do so at any time during the game, while you can back him to score either the first or the last goal of the game at +400.

For Croatia, Ivan Perisic is a huge attacking threat and is at +250 to net during the 90 minutes. It is ultimately unlikely to make much difference however, with Croatia struggling for form and Spain seemingly on their way back to the top table of international football. This should be an away win for Enrique and his men.

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