World Cup 2022: Slovakia vs Croatia preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
World Cup 2022: Slovakia vs Croatia preview, team news, prediction and tips
September 3
Football

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Slovakia and Croatia will face off in the matchday 5 of the 2022 World Cup qualifying Group H at Tehelne pole on Saturday. The kick-off is at 20:45 CEST.

Preview

Before their rather disappointing performance at this summer's European Championship, where they failed to qualify for the last-16 round, Slovakia claimed back-to-back draws against Cyprus (0-0) and Malta (2-2) in their opening two 2022 WC qualifying matches. Nevertheless, Stefan Tarkovic's men managed to return to winning ways against Russia (2-1) in March before registering another 1-1 stalemate in Slovenia on Wednesday.

Croatia, for their part, kicked off their run in Group H with a narrow loss to the Slovenians which was followed by consecutive wins over Cyprus (1-0) and Malta (3-0) during the spring international break. Zlatko Dalic's side then managed to reach the Euro 2020 last-16 round, where they were eliminated by Spain, before resuming their World Cup qualifying run with a goalless draw in Russia in mid-week.

Team news

While the hosts have no injury doubts ahead of the encounter, Duje Caleta-Car is unlikely to help the visiting side this time around after being forced off against the Russians on Wednesday.

Prediction

Even though the Slovaks have recorded three draws in their opening four Group H games, Tarkovic's side now sit in third just one point behind leaders Croatia. It would be fair to say that none of the Group H participants can boast a robust defence, so let's stick with BTTS in the head-to-head meeting between two sides who will be desperate to collect points on the weekend and thus take another step toward Qatar.

Tip

Both teams to score at 2.07 with 1XBET.


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