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Croatia vs. Spain Preview, Prediction, Tips – 6/21/16

European Cup 2016- Group D CROA vs. SPAIN

Croatia vs. Spain June 21, 2016- 3:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Nouveau Stade, Bordeaux, FR

With first-place on the line in Group D action, Croatia will step into Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux seeking to pull off the upset over world-power Spain when both teams take to the pitch in an all-important fixture that has the following betting lines;

Best Croatia Lines: BetOnline ML (+370) Spread +1/2

Best Spain Lines: BetOnline ML (-111) Spread -1/2

Draw: +200cOver/Under: BetOnline 2.0

The conclusion of group play on Tuesday will be an important one as Spain is seeking to get the better of second-place Croatia by needing just one point to lay claim to winning Group D.

The Spaniards are coming off a 3-0 impressive beating over Turkey their last time out for their second win in the tournament with six points to Croatia’s four, but as Spain needs just one point to advance to the round of 16 and along with it avoid Italy in the knockout round, the Croatians can ill-afford to slip to third and risk going home all together.

Feeling good about their chances to beat or draw against Croatia regardless of the lineup on the field, look for Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque to rest some key players, perhaps even David De Gea as the Spaniards gear up for the round of 16.

Though, talented, the Croatians have to be kicking themselves after blowing a two goal lead against the Czech Republic to finish in a 2-2 draw. With a chance to regroup versus an extremely tough Spanish team, Croatia with a draw can secure a second-place finish and the top-spot with a win.

But, can Croatia regain that confidence factor going forward with still much to be decided as they will look to Luka Modric (if healthy) and Ivan Rakitic to lead the way. Modric, who is nursing a groin injury has practiced but all indications is he will be relegated to the sidelines.

Prediction/Pick

Which if is the case, the pressure will fall on Mateo Kovacic to step in a fill the shoes of Modric. However, feeling no matter who is on the pitch for the Croatians, BetOnline is favoring SPAIN (-111) over CROA with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored with the draw +200.

Putting my confidence in the Spaniards as well, I will favor and pick Spain in (-111) moneyline victory of 2-0 over Croatia for the group win.

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