Friday 10/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Bulgaria vs Croatia
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Group H promises to be a very difficult one for Bulgaria and Croatia, because they will be competing against Italy who is the top seed. For the time being, both underdogs are on the right track, as they want the opening match but the outcome of this game is extremely important. Defeating Azerbaijan and Malta is hardly a performance to brag about, with this being the first serious test for the Eastern European countries.
Bulgaria vs Croatia Odds
Bulgaria 3.90, Draw 3.20, Croatia 2.15
Bulgaria vs Croatia Tips
Bulgaria didn't have an easy time on the road and even though they scored twice against Azerbaijan, the two teams were evenly matched. They shared the same ball possession and it was the hosts who created more scoring opportunities, which means that something needs to change in the starting formation.
Bulgaria has a handful of skillful strikers, with Berbatov being the best of them but unfortunately for the hosts, he won't participate in this campaign. This leaves them with fewer options and the best case scenario for the hosts is to score an early goal, while relying on their excellent midfielders. They need to take it one step at a time, so they need to pair up Hristov and Mitsanki upfront to exercise pressure.
Home pitch advantage is important against Croatia, a team that won most of the games in front of their fans, while struggling on the road. Their performance at the World Cup 2014 was decent but they failed to achieve anything spectacular and once again the defenses failed miserably. The question is if Bulgaria has the resources to keep them under pressure for an entire game to force an error in the backline.
On the offensive from, the visitors have nothing to worry about, because they have Mandzukic to spearhead the attack. He scored twice in the friendly game against Cyprus, but was denied a chance against Malta, in a game that the Croats worn by 2-0.
- Bulgaria scored in each of the last three games, but failed to keep a clean sheet in the last nine matches.
- The two teams met in the preliminaries for Euro 2014 and back then both won the home match.
Bulgaria vs Croatia Prediction
Croatia is slight favorite to prevail, but the odds don't reflect the difference between the two teams and make it more profitable to back the hosts. To mitigate the risks, without sacrificing value, players should place the wager with Unibet as the odds for a double chance bet sit at 1.75. Punters have two chances to win, as Bulgaria can win or draw for the bet to be a winning one.
Bet: Bulgaria or Draw @ 1.75 with Unibet