Croatia vs Greece Preview and Prediction: Croatia to Win 1-0 at 9/2
Croatia and Greece will play the first leg of their World Cup qualification play-off at the Windsor Park Stadium on Thursday, 9th November.
The teams last played in October 2011 and Greece won 2 – 0. Their prior two games, in September 2010 and April 2001, both ended in draws.
Croatia finished second in qualifying Group I with 20 points having won six games, drawn two and lost two. In the last round of games last month they defeated the Ukraine 0 – 2 and drew 1 – 1 with Finland. In September they lost to Turkey and defeated Kosovo.
Greece finished second in qualifying Group H with 19 points having won five games, drawn four and lost one. Last month they defeated Gibraltar 4 – 0 and Cyprus 1 – 2. In September they lost 1 – 2 to Belgium and they drew with Estonia at the end of August.
Both teams will be eager to get ahead in this playoff and fans can expect a competitive match. The teams have performed well in recent months and Croatia’s home advantage could prove to be decisive in this leg.
A 1 – 0 win for Croatia is the most likely outcome with Paddy Power and Boyle Sports offering odds of 9/2 and 4/1 respectively.
Paddy Power Odds: 4/11 Croatia to Win, 7/2 for a Draw and 9/1 Greece to Win
Boyle Sports: 4/11 Croatia to Win, 16/5 for a Draw and 9/1 Greece to Win