Egypt vs Croatia Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips | Friendlies

Egypt vs Croatia Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips | Friendlies

Egypt vs Croatia Preview

Egypt vs Croatia will be played as an International Friendly at the Cairo International Stadium on March 26.

The hosts will enter this contest on the back of a decent run of form. They have lost just once in their last eight games across competitions, winning four and drawing three. However, the defeat and the three draws all came in the AFCON, with Egypt national football team crashing out after a poor performance in the tournament. They recorded a 1-0 win over New Zealand in their last game earlier this week and were looking to carry on with that winning form.

The visitors, on the other hand, will enter this game on the back of a mixed run of form. They have lost thrice and won five times in their last eight games across competitions. Remarkably, all five wins have been clean sheets and they have failed to score in two of the three defeats. Having defeated Latvia, Armenia, and Tunisia in their last three games, Croatia national football team were looking to extend that run and bring consistency to their results.

With that said, let’s take a look at the team news coming out of both camps ahead of this friendly match.

Egypt vs Croatia Team News

Egypt

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah will miss out. (Getty Images)

Manager Hossam Hassan has picked a squad of players relatively inexperienced at the international stage as the likes of Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny have been left out. However, there are no injuries or suspensions to report, besides a minor concern for Emem Ashour, who came off injured in the last game.

Seventeen different players featured for varying minutes in the last game and the manager will to do more of the same in the next one.

Croatia

Manager Zlatko Dalic went with a full-strength lineup in the team’s win against Tunisia on penalties in their last game. Seventeen players featured for them in total, with defender Martin Erlic coming off early with discomfort.

Apart from that, there are no injuries or suspensions to be reported. Veteran midfielder and skipper Luka Modric (38y) is still going strong and will lead the side.

Egypt vs Croatia Predicted Lineups

Egypt

Hassan will stick with his trusted XI that he used in the last game.

Predicted XI: Mohamed Abou Ghabal (C) (GK); Mohamed Hany, Rami Rabia, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Mohamed Hamdi; Hamdi Fathi, Marwan Attia, Mohamed Magdy Afsha; Omar Marmoush, Mostafa Mohamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet.

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Croatia

Dalic, too, will retain the same combination from the team’s last game.

Predicted XI: Dominik Livakovic (GK); Josip Juranovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric (C), Marcelo Brozovic; Mario Pasalic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Ivanusec; Andrej Kramaric.

Egypt vs Croatia Head-to-Head Record

These two sides have never faced each other in an official match before. This will be the first-ever Egypt vs Croatia men’s football match in history!

Egypt vs Croatia Prediction

Since there is no past history between these two nations to go by, their recent form will tell a decent story.

Egypt have won just once in their last five games across competitions and have conceded in four of those games, highlighting their present defensive frailties. Their win against New Zealand last time out too was thanks to a spot-kick in the 29th minute. Apart from that they had just two shots on target in the rest of the time.

Egypt vs Croatia
Croatia’s Josko Gvardiol (R) shielding the ball. (Getty Images)

Croatia have won each of their last three games and have kept a clean sheet in each of them. They are the clear favorites to defeat Egypt in this upcoming friendly.

Prediction: Egypt 1-3 Croatia.

Egypt vs Croatia Betting Tips & Odds

Both teams have scored four times out of Egypt’s last five matches, while it has happened just once in Croatia’s last five matches. With Egypt’s backline shows signs of major problems, Croatia will look to put in a solid performance and walk away with the win.

Betting Tips

  • Both Teams to Score – Yes.
  • Match Total – Over 3.5 Goals.
  • Double Chance – Croatia or Draw.

Odds

  • Egypt Win – 2.70
  • Draw – 3.15
  • Croatia Win – 2.30

Egypt vs Croatia Timings & Telecast

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, March 26th at 8:00 PM (GMT).
  • India: Streaming on SonyLIV.
  • UK: Bet365 and Betfair official sites.
  • US: No telecast or streaming available.

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