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Croatia vs. Italy 2024 Euro Odds, Time, and Prediction

Croatia vs. Italy is one of the most exciting matchups of the third round of Euro 2024. The game is played on Monday, June 24, at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig

Italy is sitting in the second spot in Group B thanks to a win over Albania in the first round. In the second round, they lost to Spain, the team that also beat Croatia a few days before. After that loss, Zlatko Dalic’s boys were expected to win three points against Albania, but the game finished 2:2 with Albania’s equalizer scored in the 5th minute of stoppage time.

As a result, Croatia isn’t in a great position right now, but that can change if Luka Modric & Co. can get their first win of the tournament on June 24.

Croatia vs. Italy Odds

MoneylineOdds
Croatia+220
Draw+220
Italy +135
*Odds taken from BetOnline on Friday, June 21, 2024.
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When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany
  • Date: Monday, June 24, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: FOX

Croatia Desperate for a Win

If Albania gets hammered by Spain, Croatia could finish in the 3rd spot even with a draw with Italy. However, it’s very unlikely Croatia would be one of the best-ranked third-placed spot teams. Therefore, a draw would probably end up with the Croatians having to pack their backs and go home.

That’s why only a win on June 24 works for the World Cup semifinalists. This way, they’d probably finish second, unless Albania somehow manages to beat Spain.

Finishing second in Group B would actually be great for them. This is because the second-placed team from this group gets to play against the No. 2 team from Group A, which will probably be Switzerland.

But can the Croats beat Italy? Well, they did it a couple of times in the past. In fact, since gaining its independence in the early 1990s, Croatia has never been defeated by Italy.

Can Italy Beat Croatia for the 1st Time in History?

Because Italy lost to Spain, this team cannot get to the top spot regardless of what may happen in the final round. It’s because if two teams are tied, it’s the result of their duel that serves as the tiebreaker.

They can’t be first, but the Italians can finish second, therefore getting to play against the Swiss in the round of 16. It seems like a very good scenario for Luciano Spalletti’s men, which is why they will do all in their power to stop Croatia from leapfrogging them.

To achieve that, they just need to make sure they don’t lose on June 24. Luckily for them, their roster is packed with players who should have no problems dealing with Croatia.

Croatia vs. Italy Prediction

Croatia’s strongest weapon is the midfield, but Italy’s center of the pitch looks scary as well. These guys look more than capable of stopping Modric & Co. from creating too many chances. Meanwhile, we really think it’s time for Gianluca Scamacca to finally start scoring again in international matches. Atalanta’s star has only scored one goal for Italy’s senior squad, and we think it’s time for that to change.

Pick: Italy

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