Croatia vs Slovenia Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 26/03/2022

* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Top Two Betting Tips for Croatia vs Slovenia

Croatia have an excellent record against Slovenia, winning seven and losing just one of the pair's previous 11 encounters, and head into the duo's latest match-up as the clear favorites with the bookmakers. This game is being played in Al Rayyan so there is no home advantage and that might just even the playing field for the underdogs, Slovenia.

Over 2.5 Goals

We're hopeful of goals in this game as two of the last three meetings between these two nations have produced over 2.5 goals, including Croatia's 3-0 win when the pair last locked horns in 2021. At least three goals have also been scored in four of Croatia's last five outings, which includes the massive 7-1 win over Malta, while each of Slovenia's last five fixtures have also witnessed over 2.5 goals scored.

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Andrej Kramaric to Score

Kramaric looks set to lead the line for Croatia this weekend and we're backing the 30-year-old Hoffenheim striker to add to his 16 international goals on Saturday. Kramaric scored twice in qualifying for his country and last season netted an amazing 20 Bundesliga goals in just 26 starts, so you can see why we're predicting at least one goal for the striker on Saturday.

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Croatia vs Slovenia: the latest stats and odds

Can Slovenia upset the odds this weekend?

Croatia took on Russia in their final World Cup qualifier in what turned out to be a very tight and tense 90-minutes. In the end, the points were settled by an 81st-minute own goal from Kudryashov which handed the home side all 3pts and on the balance of play, it was the right result. Croatia don't seem to have many young prospects coming through which will be a worry as Modric is now 36 and still captain the side, Perisic is 33 and their two main centre-backs, Lovren and Vide are both 32, so this could be all of those player's final major tournament in Qatar.

Croatia Predicted Lineup – Grbić, Lovren, Sosa, Juranović, Vida, Modrić, Perišić, Kovačić, Pašalić, Vlašić & Kramarić

Slovenia made the most of the home advantage when they went up against Cyprus in November. Zajc put Slovenia in front early in the second half and Cerin scored a second 6-minutes from time, and a good job he did. Cyprus pulled a goal back in the 89th-minute but there wasn't enough time remaining for the visitors to equalise. Slovenia will be hoping to give 18-year-old striker, Benjamin Sesko, his 8th cap this weekend, the teenager is the future of the country's frontline and has been developing well at Red Bull Salzburg.

Slovenia Predicted Lineup – Oblak, Balkovec, Stojanović, Karničnik, Črnigoj, Kurtič, Zajc, Verbič, Čerin, Bijol & Celar

Team News 

Croatia: L. Kalinić, Vrsaljko, Brozović, Badelj, Brekalo, Petković and Rebić all miss out for the home side.

Slovenia: Skubic, Struna, Jokić, Vučkić, Bohar and Iličić are the notable absentees from the visitors' squad.

FAQ: Croatia vs Slovenia

Croatia vs Slovenia

  • Who are the favourites to win? – Croatia are the cleat favourites with the bookmakers.
  • What was the score when these two teams last met? – Croatia 3-0 Slovenia, 07/09/21.
  • What time is kick-off? – 14:00 GMT, 15:00 CET.

A lifelong Evertonian, James started writing for an Everton fan site in the mid-2000s and then developed his own blog covering football transfers from across Europe's big leagues before becoming a regular match preview and betting tips writer for Biggest Free Bets. James moved to Free Super Tips next, and then Racing Post, where he worked as a full-time betting tips writer for a few years. Following that, James joined Football Whispers in December 2020 and has been a permanent fixture ever-since, currently covering the Premier League amongst other things