The fortunes of these two sides couldn't look more different right now with one team top and the other bottom of the group. Will this match go to form? Find out with our Cyprus vs Croatia match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Cyprus vs Croatia: Our Picks
All of our tips contain no bias and have been researched using the latest stats and figures available at the time of publication.
- Prediction one: To win to nil – Croatia @ 7/10
- Prediction two: Total goals by team – Cyprus not to score @ 1/2
- Prediction three: Total goals – Under 2.5 @ 5/6
*Odds from Ladbrokes are subject to change.
Croatia to win and keep it clean
We kick off our predictions by backing Croatia to win the match without conceding. Croatia sit top of the group having conceded just the solitary goal from the six matches played so far with Cyprus the polar opposite; they are bottom having scored just one goal from each of their six games. That means Cyprus have failed to score in each of their last five games whilst Croatia haven't conceded in three matches with two of those three seeing Croatia win too. With such strong stats to back our tip up, you'd be mad to disagree – wouldn't you?
Cyprus to blank
Our next tip is taken from a similar logic to our first but, if it comes in, you'll be laughing all the way to the bank. We are predicting that Cyprus will fail to score in the game; it's a claim supported by five blanks on the spin. They've also scored just three in their last 10 games. That toothless attack against a backline that has shipped just one goal in qualifying should make for a pretty easy day for the Croatia defence. The only thing we can't believe is that the odds aren't worse!
A low scoring match
Our third and final tip focuses on the total goals market as we back under 2.5. These two teams sit at polar opposite ends of the group H standings but switch to a total goals view and they occupy the bottom two spots. Both teams are averaging just 1.5 goals per game in the group. Croatia have scored eight and conceded one from six games whilst Cyprus have scored one and conceded eight. The last two head to heads have both fallen short of the 2.5 mark too.
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Cyprus vs Croatia: Match Preview
Croatia find themselves in pole position to head to another World Cup finals after finishing third of the last tournament in 2018. They have class in their team with the likes of Mateo Kovačič and Ivan Perisic but defensively they've been tremendous. Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are an experienced duo at the back too. All that points to Cyprus having to endure a substantially painful 90 minutes given their inability to a) get results and b) score goals themselves. Loizos Loizou is a hot prospect for the Cypriot though; the 18-year-old is one to watch.
FAQ on Cyprus vs Croatia
- Who won the last h2h? – Croatia
- Who do the bookies have as favourites? – Croatia
- What time is KO? 7:45 PM GMT