On November 18, the match of the 9th round of qualifying for Euro 2024 will take place at Skonto (Riga), in which the Latvian national team will meet with the Croatian national team. The match will begin at 19:00 Kyiv time.
The team won its group in the Nations League last year – but it was in Division D, at the lowest level. Now, in 2023, Dainis Kazakevics’s team is facing much stronger opponents. And as expected, they became outsiders there, losing 7 out of 8 matches. However, they managed to win at least once, at home with Armenia (and they won with a grandmaster score of 2:0). But a little was not enough for the red and white to confirm their status as an unpleasant opponent for Turkey personally. With her in the fourth added minute the score was equalized. But the Janissaries managed to organize another goal, eventually winning 3:2. However, there were also enough dry defeats, and Modric and company even staged a 0:5 rout on their home field.
The team reached medals at both of the last world championships. In 2018, Zlatko Dalic’s team was able to update the national record, finishing second. And in Qatar we limited ourselves to bronze, losing a little. In the summer, Modric and company played in the final of the Nations League, and, having beaten the Netherlands with a 4:2 victory, lost the trophy only in a penalty shootout with Spain. But it seemed that the checkered ones would go through the qualifications calmly and comfortably. It was a shame that they missed out on winning at home against Wales in the first round, then they won against Turkey, Latvia and Armenia. But October was a complete failure. First, they lost 0:1 to the Janissaries at home. And after a 1:2 draw with the Welsh, they lost second place, although with an identical number of points. Now you need to win the remaining fights yourself and hope that your competitor misfires.
Statistics of personal meetings
Before this cycle, the sides played in the qualification for Euro 2012. Then the Croats won both matches, also achieving 5:0, but then based on the results of a couple of fights.
Bookmakers are waiting for rehabilitation from the Croats for failures in past matches. We agree that they must win at least minimally, and you can try the option with a handicap of -2.0 goals (odds – 1.727).
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