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Croatia vs Albania Tips - Croatia to secure vital Euro 2024 win

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Last updated: 17 Jun 2024
Ben Darvill 17 Jun 2024
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  • Croatia vs Albania predictions for Thursday's Euro 2024 Group B match 
  • Croatia have won six of their last seven matches
  • Croatia have won by a single goal in three of their last five victories
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Luka Modric of Croatia (Getty Images)
Luka Modric of Croatia (Getty Images)

Croatia vs Albania Tips


Croatia were left stunned in their opening game of Euro 2024 as they were humbled in a 3-0 loss to Spain. 
  • Croatia vs Albania Tips
  • Head To Head
  • Croatia Form 
  • Albania Form 

Albania gave Italy an almighty scare in their opening match as they stayed in the contest up until the final minute in a 2-1 loss. 

  • Croatia have won six of their last seven matches 
  • Croatia have won by a single goal in three of their last five victories 
  • Albania were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game at Euro 2024 
  • Albania's last two defeats have been by a single goal

Head To Head


This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides. 

Croatia Form 


Croatia were guilty of falling apart in their clash against Spain, conceding three goals between the 29th and 47th minutes in a clash that they slipped to a 3-0 defeat in. 

Statistically, Croatia shaded the game, enjoying more of the ball as they took more shots. However, this came after Spain had built a commanding lead and could afford to sit back. While Croatia did create enough chances to convince me that they can turn things around, they have to be more clinical in their second match. 

Albania will be a tough nut to crack, which they displayed in their match against Italy. With Croatia likely to see a lot of the ball, they will need to be patient, and I am backing them to edge to a win by a single goal for the fourth times in their last six wins. 

Albania Form 


What could have been for Albania in their opening match of Euro 2024 as they stunned Italy in the first minute as Nedim Bajrami pounced on a mistake to give the side the lead. 

However, lax defending against a very good Italian side ultimately told as Albania slipped to a 2-1 loss as Italy scored in the 11th and 16th minutes. While Albania were right in the game until the final whistle, they could not quite find the opening to score a second goal. 

Albania will look to build on their opening day performance and I predict an even tighter match. Croatia were not perfect going forward, while Albania know their best chance of getting something from this match is staying compact without the ball. 

Verdict

I am backing Croatia to edge to a win by a single goal as they pick up their first points at Euro 2024. 

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