Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-3-3

Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(16) 14 Goals 12 (13)
30.5 Average Age 31.2
184.9 Average Height (cm) 182.9
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in EURO Qualification Grp. E.

Missing Players

Croatia
Slovakia
Player Reason Status
Ivan Rakitic Out
Matej Mitrovic Out
Andrej Kramaric Out
Dejan Lovren Out
Domagoj Vida Out
Player Reason Status
Norbert Gyömbér Out

Team News

Croatia
Slovakia
  • Matej Mitrovic, Andrej Kramaric and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic have all withdrawn from Croatia's squad for their last Euro 2020 qualifier through injury.
  • Mateo Kovacic has been playing well for Chelsea of late but may have to settle for a place on the bench with Luka Modric and Marcelo Brozovic preferred at the base of Croatia's midfield.
  • CSKA Moscow ace Nikola Vlasic is expected to occupy the No.10 role for Croatia on Saturday. Ivan Perisic will start on the left wing, while Ante Rebic and Josip Brekalo battle to feature on the opposite flank.
  • Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren have been Croatia's first-choice centre-back pairing throughout qualification but both are suspended due to an accumulation of bookings in the competition.
  • Tin Jedvaj is the most experienced defender in Croatia's squad as a result at the age of just 23. Mile Skoric and Marseille's Duje Caleta-Car will hope to get rare starts at centre-back here.
  • Norbert Gyömbér is suspended after being sent off against Wales in Slovakia's last Euro 2020 qualifier. Denis Vavro will take his place at centre-back.
  • Slovakia have rotated at right-back throughout qualification but may go with experience here given what is at stake. That would see Peter Pekarik get the nod ahead of Martin Valjent and Lubomir Satka.

Prediction

  • This is Croatia's last Euro 2020 qualifier and a draw on Saturday would guarantee them a place at next summer's championships, though three points would secure top spot. They are four points clear of Slovakia, who sit third, but their opponents still have two games left to play.
  • Croatia are unbeaten in their last five qualifiers in Group E and a 100 per cent record at home. Slovakia, however, top the group on away form, with six points from three games. Expect a close game on Saturday, particularly as Croatia are without both first-choice centre-backs.
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