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⁠Croatia vs North Macedonia Predicted lineup, betting tips, odds, injury news, H2H, telecast

Published at :June 2, 2024 at 3:15 PM
Modified at :June 2, 2024 at 5:05 PM
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Manav Chowdhury


The Chequered Ones will host North Macedonia before facing Portugal in another friendly.

Croatia are beginning to build-up for Euro 2024 as they are set to host North Macedonia for an international friendly on Monday. The nation hopes to be crowned European champions next month. They had finished third and second at the last two FIFA World Cups 2022 and 2018 respectively.

The Chequered Ones also reached the latest UEFA Nations League final in 2023. They ended up suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Spain at De Kuip, Netherlands, so their search for silverware goes on. The current squad will also want to improve upon a mediocre Euros record.

North Macedonia were not able to qualify for the upcoming Euro 2024 but they will watch on from afar. They have some good players and will look to give the Croatian team a tough challenge for sure. Even though away from home their record is not that good, they are capable of hurting opponents and will be a good test for Zlatko Dalić’s men.

Kick-Off:

Monday, 3 June at 10:30 PM (IST), 05:00 PM (GMT), 12:30 PM (EST)

Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka

Form

Croatia (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-L

North Macedonia (in all competitions): L-D-D-L-L

Players to Watch

Luka Modric (Croatia)

Luka Modric’s game is characterized by intelligence, game vision, defensive capacity and tactical discipline. These skills make him an exceptional player who can make a difference in any game even at 38. The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid has a great capacity to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. Another of Modric’s outstanding skills is his technique and ball control.

Bojan Miovski (North Macedonia)

Bojan Miovski is a clinical finisher with excellent movement off the ball and is a technically gifted footballer. His presence inside the box is always a threat to the opposition team. He continuously moves around the edge of the box and looks for the opportunity to score from distance. Miovski is also good at physical duels and gets past defenders easily.

Match Facts

  • When playing at home, Croatia have not lost to North Macedonia in their last four encounters.
  • The average number of goals in meetings between Croatia and North Macedonia is two.
  • Croatia score 1.5 goals when playing at home and North Macedonia score 0.8 goals when playing away (on average).

Croatia vs North Macedonia: Betting Tips and Odds

  • Tip 1: Croatia to win by 3-1
  • Tip 2: Both teams to score
  • Tip 3: Marko Pjaca to score anytime

Croatia have 1.33 odds in favour of them to win the match, 4.50 odds in favour of the match ending in a draw and 9.60 odds in favour of North Macedonia to win the fixture.

Injury & Team News

None of the Croatian players are injured. All are available for this upcoming friendly fixture before another one against Portugal.

Enis Bardhi will not be available for this match since he recently sustained a shoulder injury and will be out for some time. The rest of the players are fit and will be available for this game.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 8

Croatia: 5

North Macedonia: 1

Draws: 2

Predicted Lineups

Croatia Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):

Livakovic (GK); Stanisic, Sutalo, Pongracic, Gvardiol; Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic; Majer, Kramaric, Pjaca

North Macedonia Predicted Lineup (3-4-3):

Dimitrievski (GK); Manev, Musliu, Serafimov; Dimoski, Atanasov, Alimi, Alioski; Elmas, Ristovski, Miovski

Match Prediction

Croatia have had a good record against North Macedonia in the past and they are the favourites to win this match. Still, they will face a tough challenge from the opposition.

Prediction: Croatia 3-1 North Macedonia

Telecast

India: Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv

UK: Premier Sports 2

USA: ESPN, Fox Sports

Nigeria: No Telecast

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