Croatia under pressure
Only one thing to say – Croatia wants the title this year. Finalist in Wien in 2010, finalist in Norway in 2008, 3rd in 2012, 4th in 2014, 3rd in 2016… Enough to say that hosting the Euro 2018 it’s the best opportunity to finally win a major competition. Croatia – Serbia, this is how to start a competition!
Croatia – Serbia
(Most recent H2H result: 34-30)
- Split Arena will be on fire at the hour of this game. This is the competition that all the country is waiting for if we consider that handball is the second national sport. Croatia won last major competition in 2004. Since then the team failed always closer to the big prize. And to change that, the coach that won the Olympic Games in 2004 was called for Euro 2018. Lino Cervar ( 67 years old, aka The Teacher ) has the mission to bring this talented team to the final. And for that he has a lot of experienced players : Cindrić, Cupic and Karacić – all together already won the Champions League with Vardar Skopje. Gojun and Musa – two of the best defenders. And behind them all the country to support them. In a group with Serbia, Iceland and Sweden, everybody is thinking already to the playoffs.
- In front of more than 11.000 croats , Serbia will seem like a David versus Goliath at this game. A lot of tension before this final campaign, many players arrived too late due to their clubs competitions. Their key player Rastko Stojkovic will finally miss the competition due to a knee injury. Even if they have talented players like Petar Nenadic, Marko Vujin, Petar Djordjic, Nemanja Ilic we have to keep in mind that Serbia had the worst defense during the qualifyings. So even they always had a good team, Serbia failed to make good results, only good one being a final at Euro 2012 that they hosted it.
Prediction: Croatia double victory ( HT/FT ), odd 1.56
- Confidence 75%
Football record: 1W – 1L
Handball record: 0 W – 0 L
Rugby record: 1 W – 0 L
Croatia - Serbia