Croatia One Win Away From Euro 2024
On Saturday, Croatia picked up a 2-0 win over Latvia, which means they control their own destiny. All Zlatko Dalic’s side need to do to qualify for Euro 2024 is defeat Armenia on Tuesday at home. Armenia did Croatia a favor on Saturday by picking up a 1-1 draw vs. Wales. Should Croatia draw or lose this match and Wales win vs. Turkey, they’ll have to qualify through the play-offs. For this crucial Euro Qualifier, we’ll give out some Croatia vs. Armenia betting tips and take a look at the odds.
Croatia vs. Armenia
Location: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia and Armenia have only met twice in their footballing histories. Back in September, the UEFA Euro odds listed Croatia as -265 favorites at Armenia, and Zlatko Dalic’s team picked up a 1-0 win. Andrej Kramaric scored the winner for Croatia, who are unbeaten in this fixture. They also drew 1-1 vs. Armenia in a friendly two years ago.
Croatia in Control vs. Latvia
Croatia got an early lead on Saturday at Latvia as Lovro Majer found the net just seven minutes in. Andrej Kramaric, the Vatreni’s leading scorer in qualifiers, doubled their lead in the 16th minute. Croatia controlled the game from start to finish as Latvia only managed a single shot. With the win and Wales’ draw at Armenia, Croatia moved up to second place in the Group D UEFA Euro qualifiers standings.
Zlatko Dalic’s side are 4-1-2 in seven UEFA Euro qualifiers games and have underperformed a bit in a group they were expected to win. As Wales hold the tiebreaker over Croatia, the Vatreni need to win on Tuesday to guarantee qualification.
They have to deal with a number of injuries, as some key players are out. Midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Nikola Vlasic both withdrew from the side due to injury. Forward Bruno Petkovic is in the same boat and Ivan Perisic has been out for the last few months with an ACL injury.
Legendary midfielder Luka Modric is in the side and started in the win vs. Latvia. Kramaric has managed four goals in just five matches and is expected to start up front come Tuesday. Manchester City’s Josko Gvardiol should start along the back line, while Marcelo Brozovic is likely to start alongside Modric in defensive midfield. Despite the injuries, Croatia should have enough talent to get over the line.
Armenia Eliminated on Saturday
Armenia are eliminated from Euro 2024 contention but have been highly competitive in Group D. They’ve picked up a win and a draw vs. Wales and a draw vs. Turkey. Armenia head into the final day of qualifiers with a 2-2-3 record and a -1 goal difference. They took the lead on Saturday vs. Wales in the fifth minute as Lucas Zelarayan got on the scoresheet. However, an own goal let Wales back into the game, and the match finished all square at one.
Croatia vs. Armenia betting tips note that Armenia haven’t conceded more than two goals in any match in Euro 2024 qualifiers. Captain Varazdat Haroyan provides a wealth of experience to Armenia’s backline and is set to make his 80th appearance for the national team on Sunday.
Zelarayan has scored three goals in qualifiers, which leads the team. He could start on the wing on Tuesday, while exciting young talent Grant Ranos could start up top once again. The 20-year old, who plays for Borussia Monchengladbach, has scored four goals in eight Armenia appearances so far.
Match Analysis & Odds
Croatia are two-goal favorites for their match vs. Armenia. Notably, the hosts have only scored more than two goals once in seven Euro 2024 qualifiers so far. They don’t pack the same attacking punch that they used to but should be highly motivated to seal qualification in front of their home fans.
Armenia, even though they’re officially out, shouldn’t be underestimated. It is possible that Oleksandr Petrakov picks a more experimental lineup for his side’s match at Croatia. Bettors can find Croatia -2 at -110 odds, while Armenia +2 comes in at -120 odds. Croatia vs. Armenia betting tips typically recommend punters stay away from Croatia’s moneyline, at -625 odds.
Meanwhile, Armenia come in as +1700 underdogs and a draw displays +600 odds. One bet that offers better odds is Croatia’s first half moneyline, at -200. Here, under three goals also sit at -130 and Croatia have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches.