Croatia vs. Spain Preview

Monday evening’s game in Gdansk sees leaders Spain face second place Croatia, with both sides knowing victory will win them group C. A draw will be good enough for holders Spain, whilst a high scoring draw will be good enough for their opponents.

If the game finishes 1-1, Croatia will be eliminated if Italy equal or better the result Croatia recorded against the Republic of Ireland in the opening round of games.

Spain are odds on favourites to win the match, with Stan James offering the best price of 4/5. Croatia are 15/2 with Bet Victor, whilst the draw is around 15/8. Vincente Del Bosque’s side go in to the game having stormed to a 4-0 victory in their last game against the Irish.

Sergio Busquets looks set to recover from an injured foot, whilst Fernando Torres is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up following his brace on Thursday. The Chelsea striker is 6.5 (11/2) to open the scoring on Monday, and is now 4.5 (7/2) second favourite to win the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Fourth on the list in the top goal scorer market is Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, with Sporting Bet offering the best price 0f 21.0 (20/1); a generous price considering, his current tally of three in the last two games. The Wolfsburg striker’s last goal was the second half equaliser against Italy in Poznan on Thursday.

These two sides last met in a warm up game before the 2006 World Cup, with Fernando Torres scoring a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory for Spain.

With a 2-2 score line benefitting both teams, the bookmakers have slashed the odds making it the mostly likely outcome in their opinion. Usually you would expect a price of 15.0 (14/1), though in this instance, Bet 365 offer the best price of 7/1 (8.0).

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