Belgium and Croatia will play a friendly match in Brussels at 20:45.
This is the last check between the two teams before the European Championship against Russia in St. Petersburg next Saturday and the Croatian Championship against England at Wembley the next day.
Five days ago, Croatia only faced Armenia with a score of 1:1. This will be Zlatko Dalic’s rehearsal for the European war against England. His team did not play their best level in the game against Armenia, but they should play with the strongest lineup tonight.
“We achieved a historic result three years ago. This team is different from then. A young team with talent but needs time to play has appeared. I hope we can repeat a good result. We are indeed with FIFA. The best in the ranking” team played against, we respect it very much, but we want to achieve the best results. This is a big challenge for us, but this game was played six or seven days before the first match of the European Cup. The most important thing is that there is no injury. “Dalic said before the game.
Tonight, Dalic is expected to announce the strongest lineup, Croatia will play on the field and the European Cup opening game against England. Compared to previous games, this team’s defense may be slightly strengthened, and there is no Vlasic or Kramaric behind the attacker. Along with Brozovic, Kovacic will have a place in midfield, and Modric will play closer to the goal, roughly as he did in Russia three years ago.
Dejan Lovren is still unprepared due to injury, and Josep Brecarlo and Joshko Gvardiol, who suffered minor injuries in the previous game, can also get preventive savings.
Belgium is not without problems. Kevin De Bruyne was injured in the Champions League final and had to undergo surgery, which will cause him to miss tonight’s game and also miss the European Cup opening game against Russia. Five days ago, Belgium only had a 1:1 match with weak Greece, which does not seem to be the best at the moment.
“In the game against Croatia, we have to make progress in the game against Greece. Croatia’s quality is very high and it will be a real test for us. I think Croatia today is stronger than Russia in 2018,” The Belgian coach said Roberto Martinez.
It is predicted that his captain Hazard will also represent Belgium today. Martinez wants to test his key players and see how well prepared he is after a terrible season with Real Madrid’s injuries.
The bookmaker for tonight’s game provides Belgium with a big advantage, with odds of about 1.85. According to the bookmaker, Croatia’s coefficient is as high as 5.00, and Belgium is one of the top three favorites for the European Cup title.
Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois-Vertonghen, Vermalen, Alder Verelde-T. Hazard, Tillermans, Dendonker, Casta Nee-E. Hazard, Mertens-Lukaku
Croatia (4-2-3-1): Livakovic-Barisic, Zaleta-Ka, Vida, Vrsaliko-Kovacic, Brozovic-Perisic, Modri Qi, Rebic Petkovic
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