Croatia vs Italy preview: Free betting tips, odds and predictions for Euro 2024 clash

THE stakes are high as Croatia and Italy do battle at the Leipzig Stadium for a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2024.

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Croatia vs Italy preview

It’s win or bust for perennial underdogs Croatia in Leipzig tonight.

Zlatko Dalic’s side risk exiting the competition at the group stage following a 3-0 defeat to Spain and a heartbreaking late equaliser against Albania.

Group B was always going to be a difficult one to navigate but Croatia have got out of tougher situations, and generally save their best for when it’s hardest.

Croatia can usually depend on defensive stability but it’s been a different story in this tournament. They backline has already been breached five times and there’s been 26 efforts on their goal.


That’ll need to change if they’re to overcome Italy.

The Italians have an easier assignment. They simply need to avoid defeat against neighbouring Croatia to ensure progress at the European Championships.

Luciano Spalletti’s team survived an early scare against Albania before being thoroughly outclassed bt Spain with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma keeping the score respectable.

Italy have, however, only lost one of their final group games in their last nine appearances at the Euros.

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Croatia vs Italy betting tips


You would have to imagine that Italy will be playing for a draw tonight.

Luciano Spalletti’s side will secure progression to the knockout phase with a point and they know they’ll be facing a beatable Switzerland if they do clinch second position in Group B.

Ok, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini aren’t at their disposal but they are still capable of grinding out a result and stifling their opponents.

The last three meetings between both sides have ended 1-1, and that could be the case again tonight with the Azzurri booking their place in the last 16.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma to make 4+ saves looks a good shout at 6/4 with William Hill.

As mentioned above, Croatia have no choice but to go for victory tonight and that should see shots flying in from all distances and angles.

Donnarumma made eight saves against Spain in Italy’s last contest, while Croatia have drawn a combined 13 (5 + 8) saves from opposition goalkeepers in their two matches at the competition.

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Ajax’s Josip Sutalo isn’t afraid of a challenge and looks a reasonable enough price at 19/10 to commit 2+ fouls against Italy tonight.

The defender, 24, has made a total of five tackles at Euro 2024 and has committed four fouls in his 180 minutes of action.

With Croatia pushing higher up the field and Italy looking to play on the counter, we could see Sutalo forced to commit at least a few tactical fouls. The same could be said if Zlatko Dalic’s side take the lead.

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