Croatia v Spain: Expect another high-scoring draw in Group D

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Croatia somehow surrendered a two-goal lead against Czech Republic on Friday, but Ante Cacic’s men are set to bounce back in what promises to be an exciting clash against current European Champions Spain.

While La Furia Roja eased past a limp Turkey side by a 3-0 margin, Croatia are set to prove a far sterner test, having been beaten just once since the end of 2014 – winning nine of the 14 games in that period.

Vicente Del Bosque’s charges have been similarly impressive in the same period, winning 11 of their last 14 fixtures, including back-to-back wins so far at Euro 2016.

With both sides so difficult to beat, the best selection in the match betting appears to be a draw at 21/10, while those who believe this game can produce a winner can back Croatia (38/10) and Spain (21/20).

However, there could be even better value elsewhere, with both sides recording 20 or more goals in qualifying.

That means backing a 2-2 draw at the long price of 20/1 could be a truly inspired selection, while the 4/1 for a score draw of any sort could also prove popular.

In the goalscorer markets, Nikola Kalinic looks the man to back. He’s frequently an impact player for Croatia, netting five times in his last six games for Vatreni. So jumping on the Fiorentina man to be last goalscorer here could prove the best bet of all at 8/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.