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Northern Ireland vs Croatia Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

Northern Ireland vs Croatia predictions and betting tips for tonight’s international friendly including a correct score tip and BTTS bet.

 

Croatia are the visiting side here and a win in their last fixture put them top of their qualifying group along with keeping up a good record of recent results. Northern Ireland took advantage over their poor opposition in their last game and moved to second in their group giving them a good shot at progressing. This fixture is a friendly however so it’s a different ball game for both sides.

 

Northern Ireland vs Croatia Predictions

 

I expect two very different line ups from both sides here as they will should only be putting half a team out considering many of them only played a couple of days ago. This being the case then NI will field a poor side in comparison to their opposition here and I think that could be a big factor in this game. Croatia’s half team should be able to win here especially with a friendly record that boasts only one loss from 13 games. My first Northern Ireland vs Croatia prediction is Croatia to win at 6/5 with Betfair.

 

Croatia to win – 6/5 with Betfair.

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Both Teams to Score Tips

When playing friendlies at home NI have managed to score in their last five games including three wins from their last three which should give them confidence. They do have the ability to bag a goal as proven with this record and against a weaker defence I expect them to put one in. Croatia when playing friendlies away from home have a much more impressive record as they have scored in their last eight consecutively which shows their dominance over others. My second Northern Ireland vs Croatia betting tip is Both Teams to Score at 11/10 with Bet365.

 

Both teams to score – 11/10 with bet365.

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Correct Score Tips

Finally, I am going to look at a market which has been very good to me over the last couple of seasons and offers good value if you pick the right games. Sky Bet offer a group score betting so when you expect a close game like this but favour one side then I don’t see how you don’t bet on this. My third Northern Ireland vs Croatia prediction is Croatia to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 7/4 with Sky Bet.

 

Croatia to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 7/4 with Sky Bet.

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Northern Ireland v Croatia Team News

As mentioned I expected changes and that is the case as confirmed by the boss already. Mannus is likely to start in goal and Washington is once again ruled out of this game. The boss expects starts for Hodson, McGivern, McNair, Paton, Lund, Boyce and McGinn so keep an eye out for these.

Croatia have sent Modric back to Spain to work on his fitness, he came on as a second half sub in their last game but is not needed this time around as he will want to get fit for the crucial weekend club fixture. Rakatic, Corluka and Subasic are not going to feature this time around as well as Kovavic. Persic is a doubt but may get some minutes but Lovern of Liverpool has already taken himself out the squad.

 

Head to Head

This is the first time these two sides have faced; an inexperienced Croatia side will want to get the first win between them as they play a weak Northern Ireland side.

 

Northern Ireland vs Croatia Betting Tips

Croatia to win – 6/5 with Betfair.

Both teams to score – 11/10 with bet365.

Croatia to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 7/4 with Sky Bet.

 

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