On the upcoming Thursday, the national team of Croatia will host the team of Greece within the first play-off match for the right to play in WC-2018 final part. In this couple, bookmakers are on the future hosts side, the Blazers are noticeably stronger than Ethniki by squad, but the Greeks should not be underestimated, the team has a decent defense and several interesting creative footballers.
The national team of Croatia couldn’t hold the first position in the qualifying group I, having lost the battle to the Icelanders, which once again surprised the football lovers with their ability to achieve the required result. Within ten qualification matches, the Blazers won six times with two draws and two defeats and managed to gain 20 points. Croatia won thrice within their native walls at the qualification tournament and twice had a draw.
The national team of Greece played in the group H and Ethniki opponents were the Belgians, the Bosnians, the Estonians, the Cypriots and Gibraltar. As a result, the Belgium national team took the first position in the company, while the Greeks and the Bosnians fought for the second position. Eventually the future guests defeated their opponents by only two points and continued their battle for the World Cup. Greece have had five away encounters in which three victories with two draws are registered.
The national team of Greece is going to Zagreb to play defensively, the Greeks have terrific away statistics, even the team of Belgium couldn’t defeat Ethniki in Brussels, hardly equalizing on the 89th minute of the encounter. The national team of Croatia has problems with game organization, that may reflect on a result.
Prediction for the match: Greece to win with +1.5 Asian handicap