It’s time to take a break from club action and immerse yourself in the UEFA Nations League. The Group Stage Matchday 5 includes several high-profile games, but we’re focusing on a talented-midfield battle this time. Croatia is led by Luka Modric, while Christian Eriksen leads Denmark.
As if that wasn’t enough, whoever wins will take League A Group 1 first place with only one match left. For the visitors, a draw would be enough. The winner of each group advances to the Semifinals, so yes, it’s a huge deal. Last but not least, Croatia comes in as the betting online favorite.
Croatia: No Tomorrow
To depend only on themselves to finish atop League A Group 1, Croatia must win. The Blazers currently sit second, two points behind Denmark.
They haven’t lost since their debut, where they took a 3-0 beating from Austria at home. Yes, it was a shocker. Later, they drew 1-1 to France, also at home. Most recently, they defeated Denmark and France on the road, both 1-0.
Luka Modric, who’s 37 years old, scored the lone goal against Les Blues from the penalty spot. Modric is like wine; the older, the better. But he’s not alone. Mario Pasalic, who plays for Atalanta, is the team’s best weapon on the air. There are also Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic, who are used to playing against the best. Brozovic plays for Inter Milan, while Kovacic plays for Chelsea.
In other words, we’re talking about a well-balanced, experienced team. Let’s not forget that they finished as the runners-up in the 2018 World Cup. That and the +150 price they’re offering in the sportsbook makes them a very tempting choice.
Denmark: Road Warriors
Denmark sits atop the standings thanks to a 3-0-1 record, six goals for and three against. No other team in the group has scored more goals than them. They also own the best defensive unit.
Curiously enough, their lone defeat was at home, 1-0 against Croatia, meaning they remain perfect when playing on the road. First, they defeated France 2-1 thanks to a brace scored by Andreas Cornelius. Later, they also defeated Austria 2-1. That time with goals scored by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Jens Larsen.
That’s why you won’t find a more tempting underdog, especially at +210. If you include the Red and Whites in your soccer betting ticket and they win, a $100 wager will turn into a $310 payout.
Like Modric, Eriksen isn’t alone. This roster also includes Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Andreas Skov Olsen, and Martin Braithwaite, to name a few. Summing up, they have the talent to spare.
Croatia vs Denmark Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 7
- Croatia Victories: 3 (9 goals)
- Denmark Victories: 2 (7 goals)
- Draws: 2
In June, these two collided in Copenhagen, and Croatia pulled off the stunner thanks to a 1-0 victory. Mario Pasalic scored the lone goal in the second half. However, the visitors’ victory was never in doubt as they won possession with 52 percent and took more shots on target.
Before that, they met in the Round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup. The game finished 1-1, including overtime, and Croatia won the penalty shootout 3-2.
Croatia vs Denmark Game Information
- Date: Thursday, September 22nd
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
- Croatia vs Denmark Live stream: fubo.tv
Croatia vs Denmark Betting Lines
Croatia vs Denmark Prediction
Croatia deserves respect for just being the 2018 WC runner-up. The problem is that the team isn’t the same as it was four years ago. First, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic are no longer part of the team. Second, Ante Rebic is injured. On the other hand, Denmark recovered Yussuf Poulsen, who’s back after a long-term injury.
Even so, the home side will put up a good fight; just look at what Modric is still doing in Madrid. The thing is, it won’t be enough to win. Therefore, my soccer prediction is a draw in which both will score.
Score Prediction: Croatia 1, Denmark 1