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Croatia vs Albania, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Volksparkstadion Stadium, Hamburg

Can Croatia get their first win of the tournament?

  • Croatia have won three out of their last five games.
  • Albania won three, lost one and drew two of their last five games.
  • Luka Modric’s experience could be the difference between the teams in this match.

Croatia to win (2-1)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Volksparkstadion Stadium, Hamburg

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If Croatia and Albania want to have any chance of qualifying for Euro 2024, they will need to get over their opening-match losses and bounce back swiftly. Zlatko Dalic's team suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss against Spain, which raised concerns. However, following a horrendous first half, the head coach will know his players had opportunities to cut the gap. 

Hours later, Albania scored after just 23 seconds, but they were unable to stop a loss in Italy. However, they will also be aware that, with better fortune, they could have secured a point. With only hours before the marquee matchup in Group B, the group of death between Spain and Italy, a second defeat for either team on Wednesday afternoon might very well be the end of their chances.  

Croatia Preview

Despite the loss, Croatia will probably continue with their current strategy. Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic, the teams most reliable trio in midfield will continue to start. Ivan Perisic made a replacement appearance and is anticipated to play a significant part in this upcoming match against Albania. He recently recovered from an ACL injury and is still not at 100%.

Despite their attacking shortcomings, Ante Budimir and Andrej Kramaric are still the finest choices to head the line. It is expected that the defensive lineup will change. Together with possible defensive changes, Croatia's consistency in the midfield and attack points to the team's continued strength and competitiveness. 

Croatia Probable Starting XI: Dominik Livakovic (Goalkeeper); Josip Stanisic, Josip Sutalo, Marin Pongracic, Josko Gvardiol (Defenders); Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic (Mid-Fielders); Lovro Majer, Andrej Kramaric; Ante Budimir (Forwards)


Albania Preview

Armando Broja's position could be in jeopardy following a largely unremarkable performance. Albania will be hoping that, after a disappointing loan spell with Fulham, the striker is just getting back into shape. But Nedim Bajrami stole the show, becoming the first goal scorer in Euros history with a goal in just 23 seconds. His outstanding performance gives Albania a big boost.

Bajrami is still an important player for Albania because of his great form, even as Broja tries to find his rhythm again. This dynamic demonstrates how the squad is adapting its attacking choices to meet new difficulties and build on the historic accomplishment of Bajrami in the match against Italy.

Albania Probable Starting XI:  Thomas Strakosha (Goalkeeper); Elseid Hysaj, Berat Djimsiti, Arlind Ajeti, Mario Mitaj (Defenders); Kristjan Asllani, Ylber Ramadani, Nedim Bajrami (Mid-Fielders); Jasir Asani, Armando Broja, Taulant Seferi (Forwards)


Over/Under Goals Total Tips

Total Goals Over 2.5 2.00

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Total games in match to be over 2.5

Although Croatia lost 3-0 to Spain, they still had a lot of chances and showed they could still be a threat. Although Albania's victories over Italy were few and far between, the disparity in skill is evident on paper and ought to be far more pronounced in real life. In this match, we predict Croatia to win 3-0. While Albania's inconsistent performances against elite teams indicate they may struggle, Croatia's ability to create openings and maintain pressure emphasizes their strength. 

Croatia to win (2-1)

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Author: Neev Chopra