Croatia vs Denmark: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

On Thursday, Croatia vs Denmark match will take place in League A Group 1 action. The result of this match will determine whether or not the Danish national team advances to the finals of the UEFA Nations League for the 2022-2023 campaign.

The competition will take place in the Maksimir Stadium, which will also act as the host site. The Chequered Ones, on the other hand, are now in the second position, behind the squad led by Kasper Hjulmand by just one spot and two points.

Kasper Hjulmand is the one who is steering the ship for his group, which is why they are now in first place in the rankings. They are presently sitting at nine points in the standings.

Match Preview: Croatia vs Denmark

Croatia beat France 1-0 in the Nations League four years after placing second at the World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ champions lied in the Nations League and will lose.

Luka Modric’s fifth-minute penalty in June eliminated France from the finals. Zlatko Dalic’s team won seven of 12 points in June to move into second place, two points behind Denmark and three ahead of Austria, whom they face on September 25.

Losing Thursday would end Croatia’s hopes for a third straight Nations League crown. Since Euro 2020, luck has been on the Chequered Ones’ side. Since losing in the quarterfinals of the continental championships, Dalic’s men have won 12 of 13 matches. Dalic’s squad will face Belgium, Canada, and Morocco in Group F.

To reach the Nations League finals, Denmark must win Thursday. Kasper Hjulmand’s crew is professional and kind. Jonas Wind and Andreas Skov Olsen scored first-half goals to help Denmark beat Austria 2-0.

The Euro 2020 semifinalists can’t fall back to Group B this month since both of their 2022-23 Nations League away games ended 2-1. In June 2021, Denmark and Germany tied 1-1 in a friendly.

Group D includes France, Tunisia, and Australia. In June, Mario Pasalic scored Croatia’s 1-0 win against group leaders Denmark, who haven’t won since 1999.

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Team News: Croatia vs Denmark

Though there are some noteworthy absentees from June’s team, a recognizable Croatia XI should take the field this week as Dalic has been able to call upon most of his big-hitters for September’s matches.

Duje Caleta-Car, a recent signing for Southampton, did not make the team because of his little Premier League experience, while Sime Vrsaljko, another defender, retired from international play at the end of August.

Josip Brekalo, an attacker for Wolfsburg, has also been missing, opening the door for West Ham United loanee Nikola Vlasic to continue his impressive start to the season in Serie A with Torino (3 goals in 7 games).

Playmaker Jesper Lindstrom of Eintracht Frankfurt missed his team’s Bundesliga victory against Stuttgart due to sickness, and Hjulmand is pessimistic about Lindstrom’s prospects of playing on Thursday.

Injuries have sidelined a number of players, including Wind, Robert Skov, and Andreas Cornelius, therefore Yussuf Poulsen, who just returned from a muscle tear, is on call in their absence.

Two players, Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Dolberg will be vying for the role of the game’s primary attacker.

Given Wind’s absence, Mikkel Damsgaard could get more playing time on the left wing. And both Club Brugge midfielder Casper Nielsen and Atalanta BC striker Rasmus Hojlund, who is just 19 years old, will get their first international caps.

  • Team Croatia Might Start With: Livakovic, Juranovic, Gvardiol, Vida, Sosa, Brozovic, Pasalic, Modric, Kovacic, Vlasic, Kramaric.
  • Team Denmark Might Start With: Schmeichel, Christensen, Andersen, Nelsson, Kristensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Maehle, Skov Olsen, Braithwaite, Damsgaard.

Our Prediction: Croatia 0-0 Denmark

Rustiness is subjectively going to be a factor for both teams. It is possible that rustiness will be a factor for both sides after they have been away from international play for the last three months.

This is especially true when taking into consideration the fact that their most recent encounter in June was an exceedingly close match. The odds of a draw are not in Denmark’s favor too often.

 As the race for first place comes down to the wire, both defenses should also feel capable of holding their opponent’s attackers at bay, which is especially important taking into consideration that Denmark is a little short in that area.

Therefore, it would not be shocking to see this game end without a goal as the competition for first place comes down to the wire.

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