Match Time：11/10/2017 03:45 Friday (GMT+8)
Croatia: Unstable finish of qualification campaign (Recent form: L W L D W)
Croatia finished second in group I of qualifications for World Cup in zone Europe and now will participate on playoffs. They were the biggest favorite in the group, but in the last 5 matches won only 2 and Iceland finished over them. Croatia was even not secure for playoffs and had a direct game with Ukraine in the last round, but won this game with 2-0 thanks to goals from Kramaric. Croatia was one of the teams with best defense in the qualifications with only 4 conceded goals in 10 games, while at home finished without a lose after 3 wins and 2 draws in 5 matches. All important players are in the squad before this important leg, which is great news for their new coach Daliec.
Greece: Lucky to be on playoffs (Recent form: D D L W W)
Greece finished second in group H of qualifications behind Belgium and with 19 points or only 2 over Bosnia. They were lucky to finish second in the table only 2 points over Bosnia as Bosnia lost their game against Cyprus after lead with 2-0, but lost with 2-3 in the end. Greece lost only 1 game in the group with 1-2 against Belgium, but had lots of problems and also made draws with Belgium, Bosnia (2) and Estonia. Only 2 wins for the team (against Cyprus 2-1 and Gibraltar 4-0) in the last 8 matches in qualifications and friendlies.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Greece are not in best form right now after only 2 wins from last 8 games, also was lucky to qualify for the playoffs, while Croatia's squad is looking much better with players like Modric, Madzukic, Perisic, Kramaric and Kovacic, so here I expect a win for Croatia in the first leg.
Nowgoal Picks: Croatia @ 1,40
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