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Spain v Croatia Prediction, Tips and Odds: Croatia to take something from the game

A tense and tight affair is expected in Berlin on Saturday when Spain and Croatia meet in the opening match of Group B at Euro 2024, and we're backing Croatia to get something from the game.

La Roja last won the tournament in 2012, while Croatia have only ever got to the quarter-finals, last doing so in 2008.

Both teams will fancy their chances of qualifying, but they also have Italy and Albania in their group, so a strong start will be imperative for both coaches.

Spain are 9/10 favourites to collect all three points, the draw is 12/5, while Croatia are 10/3 to pick up a vital win.

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Spain v Croatia betting tips and predictions

Croatia double chance @ 10/11

Odds of 8/1 for a Spain success this summer suggest there's an element of doubt surrounding La Roja.

Since winning successive Euros in 2008 and 2012, they have struggled to live up to the hype and they have had to fight on without a recognised striker.

Alvaro Morata and Joselu top-scored for Spain in qualifying with four goals apiece and Luis de la Fuente's side played some beautiful football on their way to topping Group A.

However, their path to Germany was not without drama, as they lost 2-0 to Scotland.

They recovered well, beating Croatia on penalties in the Nations League final, but that is further evidence that Spain have sometimes struggled to kill teams off in big games.

While they have only lost one of their last 12, the calibre of opposition they have played leaves a lot to be desired.

Croatia have already proven they can frustrate Spain, and they are unbeaten in their last six matches.

Zlatko Dalic's side only conceded four goals in qualifying and they should be able to earn a share of the points on Saturday.

Both teams to score - Yes @ 10/11

Spain's last three friendlies suggest that they have found their scoring touch. They netted three against Brazil in March, while they beat Andorra 5-0 and Northern Ireland 5-1 in their friendlies before heading to Germany.

Croatia's defensive record in qualifying was very impressive and, while they can frustrate Spain, it is likely that both teams will find the back of the net.

La Roja have won six of their last 10 games against Croatia, while two of the last three encounters included at least five goals.

Both teams will be confident of punishing one another and we should witness some quality football at the Olympiastadion.

Pedri to score or assist - 9/4

Spain will need to spread the goals around this summer, but that should not be a massive worry, especially with the likes of Lamine Yamal, Nico Williams, Dani Olmo and Pedri supporting Morata.

De La Fuente's side should certainly have the speed in midfield to disrupt Croatia and Barcelona youngster Pedri is hoping to maintain his recent form.

He struggled with a hamstring injury for the majority of the season, but he scored two goals against Rayo Vallecano in Barca's penultimate game of the campaign and also netted twice against Northern Ireland last week.

Pedri's ability on the ball cannot be questioned and he should be given the chance to start as Spain's No.10.

With Spain expected to dominate possession and create chances, the youngster looks a great price to grab an assist, or even score a goal himself.

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Spain v Croatia odds

Spain - 9/10
Draw -
12/5
Croatia -
10/3

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdraw or change at any time.

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