Croatia have not been the solid team they were in the previous World Cup. The team has undergone some serious changes, but they have not done badly in the EURO 2020 Qualifiers so far. They will look to remain at the top of their group when they will host Hungary on Thursday. Hungary are coming off a bad loss at home in their last match, but can certainly threaten the hosts here.
Date/Time: 10-10-2019, 14:45 EST
Spread: Hungary +1.5
Total: 2.5 Goals
Croatia (3-1-1) will surely be feeling frustrated about their 1-1 draw on the road against Azerbaijan in their last match. They did a great job to take an early lead through a Modric penalty kick. They were really great in that match and even kept their opponents at bay. But they didn’t score a safety goal and their opponents pulled even at the 72nd minute for the final 1-1. Croatia have done a solid job in the qualifiers so far, losing only to Hungary on the road. They are leading Group E with 10 points, scoring 10 goals and conceding just five so far. Four of their matches featured Over 2.5 Goals, against just one with Under 2.5.
On the other hand, Hungary (3-2-0) are coming into this match after a tough 2-1 loss at home against Slovakia. It was a really physical match and it’s a wonder that we didn’t see any red cards, only eight yellow ones. Slovakia took the lead at the 40th minute but Hungary pulled even at the 50th, only to concede again just six minutes later for the final 2-1 loss. Hungary have lost their first and their last match in this round, winning three in a row in-between. They have kept just one clean sheet and have scored in four of their five matches. Hungary are sitting 3rd in the group with 9 points, just as many as the 2nd Slovakia.
Hungary came back from one goal behind to beat Croatia by 1-2 at home earlier in the qualifiers. But that was their first win in 20 years against Croatia, in all competitions (0-2-3). Hungary are certainly a medium-level team at best, but they do have some quality players up front. They can surely create problems to Croatia on this one, and even take a result. But I would rather go with the Over 2.5 Goals here, as Hungary will most likely help in the scoring.
EURO 2020 Qualifiers Croatia vs Hungary Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals (-122)
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