Republic of Ireland and Croatia go head to head on Sunday evening in what has the making of a great encounter in an extremely competitive Group C match, as punters are attracted by William Hill’s price of 11/4 on the Irish victory.
Both sides will know that this is arguably the most winnable game of the three they will take part in as Spain and Italy complete the group. A win here could be vital if either team is to progress to the knockout stages.
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Looking at Ireland to begin with, they will be delighted to be involved in their first major tournament since 2002. That said though, they will not be here just to enjoy the competition, they will want to progress as far as possible.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s side will adopt an almost Italian like style of play, relying on the defence being solid and looking to hit teams on the counter attack.
Ireland have been in good form leading up to the tournament and have remained unbeaten in 14 games, proof that they will not roll over this summer.
In terms of this fixture, Trapattoni’s men will have to upset the odds to take all three points. You can back them at 14/5.
As for Croatia, they have been inconsistent of late, in their last three games they have won one, drawn one and lost one.
Slaven Bilic will be hoping his side can put a string of results together in the group stages as the same kind of performances would see them struggle to qualify.
In Luka Modric, Bilic has one of the best playmakers in European football at his disposal. Modric will have to be at his best to help his national side qualify and hopes the likes of Nikica Jelavic and Eduardo Da Silva find some form in front of goal.
Croatia go into the game as favourites to get off to a perfect start with odds of 5/4.