Netherlands vs. Croatia Predictions

Prediction, Odds & Betting tips for Netherlands vs. Croatia at UEFA Nations League

  • Where: De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • When: June 14, Wednesday, 8:45 pm CET

Two of the elite powerhouses in European football, the Netherlands and Croatia, meet in the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League in Rotterdam this Wednesday. The hots of the tournament look to erase the bad memories from the previous World Cup, with a trophy that would boost their morale before the upcoming EURO. On the other side, Croatians know they don’t have too much time to win some silverware with Luka Modric in the lineup, and they will do anything to crown their best player ever with an international trophy.

Netherlands vs. Croatia

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Oranje can’t get over the elimination from the World Cup against Argentina, with many of the fans still cursing the officials and bad luck. Some of the players are too. However, they have another goal now, which is to win the 2024 EURO, which takes place in Germany.

However, the qualifiers for the EURO didn’t start well because France ripped apart Oranje in the opening game, 4-0, which was a disaster for the three-time World Cup finalists and the former European champs. 

They recovered with a 3-0 victory over Gibraltar, but the bad taste in their mouth still remains. That’s why this competition is so important for the entire nation.

Croatia 

Luka Modric isn’t going to play forever, and that is one great uncomfortable, and sad truth. The Croatian players and fans are aware of that and the fact that without him, the team won’t have such high prospects of winning some big competition. 

Croatia has two medals from the past two World Cups, but they don’t have any gold trophies, so this UEFA Nations League seems like the perfect farewell present to Luka. 

After winning the bronze at the previous World Cup, Croatia had two very tough challenges in the EURO qualifiers, playing 1-1 at home against Wales and then beating Turkey on the road, 0-2.

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Netherlands vs. Croatia Possible Lineups

Netherlands: Bijlow; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Berghuis, F de Jong, Blind; Gakpo; Bergwijn, Memphis

Croatia: Livakovic; Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic

Netherlands vs. Croatia Head to Head

In 2008 the two sides played a friendly international and the Netherlands was better, winning 0-3. At the 1998 World Cup, these two units had met in the match for third place, and Croatia won that battle, 1-2.

Netherlands vs. Croatia Prediction

The hosts are under heavy pressure, while on the other side, Croatia isn’t, but still, they, too, know this might be the last chance to win something. We don’t expect a tactical approach from the hosts, but rather an offensive right from the start, so we should see at least three goals in this event. 

Our verdict: Over 2.5 goals 

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