Croatia vs Estonia, International Friendly Pick, Prediction and Odds
Now that English Premier League and some other domestic soccer leagues are almost over, players and fans would be shifting their focus to the international fixtures. Before Euro 2012, there is a series of international friendlies between many teams of the World and one of it being between Croatia and Estonia. The Match between these two nations would be played at Stadion Kantrida, Rijeka, Croatia on 25th May 2012 at 01:00 AM BST. It is being considered as an easy game for Croatia by many analysts but nothing can be said in football. According to latest FIFA rankings, Croatia is currently ranked at 8th place and a loss in this game would make them slip to 11th place. Estonia, which is currently ranked at 54th place, would jump to 42nd place if they win this game. However, if they lose this game, they'll stay where they are.
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Talking about form of the sides, Croatia has won three matches of their last ten and lost three as well whereas Estonia has won four and lost five games of their last ten games. Although Croatia won their last game against Wales (2-0), they would not be too happy with that. They had to toil hard to get that victory despite the absence of some big players of Wales. Petric and Olic are likely to be rested due to upcoming Euro 2012 and Eduardo is also unlikely to play due to injury. Croatia too played good football in their last game against Finland and won it 2-0. Star players Oper and Post both scored goals in that game and that would raise their hopes in this fixture. Their recent draw against Portugal and a narrow loss against Brazil suggest that they are a difficult side to take down. On the contrary, head to head record between these two sides suggests otherwise. Croatia has won five games out of total of seven games between the sides and Estonia is still looking for a win.
This game may appear to be a "walk in the park" for Croatian team but Estonia would love to surprise them. After many domestic games, this game would be definitely followed by many football fans.
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It is a tough ask for Estonian team to win against World's number eight football side but it is not impossible. Estonian team has improved a lot in the past and a lot would be expected of them in this game two. Considering the team composition and current form, I am tempted to pick Croatia as firm favorites in this game.
- Prediction: Croatia- 2 Estonia-0
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Croatia is World's number eight side and it would be difficult for Estonians to beat them. As the facts and stats suggest, Croatia is more likely to come out as winners in this game. I'll go with facts and figures and choose Croatia to win this game.