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Croatia vs Albania preview, team news, tickets and prediction

Croatia takes on Albania in Group B on matchday 2 of the 2024 UEFA European Championship. Croatia endured a somewhat shaky run of form in the Euro qualification stages but did enough to book their place at the Euro finals. Albania on the other hand enjoyed decent form during the Euro qualification stages as they recorded an impressive 4 wins and 3 draws, losing just one match to Poland at the start of their qualifying campaign and impressively earning their place among Europe’s elite at the Euro finals.

Croatia kicked off their Euro qualifying campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Wales. The Croatians looked set for the win when Andrej Kramaric put them in front with a lovely finish after 28 minutes as Wales struggled to provide any threat going forward. Croatia spurned a couple of great chances as they looked to double their lead and they were made to rue those missed opportunities in the 93rd minute when a long throw from Wales fullback Connor Roberts caused havoc in Croatia’s box before Broadhead tapped in with Wales’ first shot on target of the match to steal a draw.

Croatia got the first win of their qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Türkiye. Mateo Kovacic starred as he grabbed himself a first-half brace, putting Croatia ahead 20 minutes into the game with a sweet right-footed shot from the center of the box before adding his second in first-half stoppage time, scoring this on this occasion, with his left foot as he picked out the bottom left corner of the net. 

An emphatic 5-0 victory over Latvia followed the crucial win against Türkiye, with Bruno Petkovic scoring either side of a Luka Ivanusec strike to see Croatia reach cruise control by halftime. Second-half goals from Andrej Kramaric and substitute Mario Pasalic completed the demolition job for Zlatko Dalic’s men. Croatia won three successive victories as they won 1-0 against Andorra.

Croatia saw their winning run halted against Türkiye at the start of their second round of qualifying matches when they lost 1-0 before suffering back-to-back defeats as they also lost 2-1 to Wales. However, victory in their last two qualifying matches against Latvia and Armenia was enough for Zlatko Dalic’s men to book their place in the finals.

Albania got their qualifying campaign off to a slow start, narrowly losing out 1-0 to Poland in their opening qualifying match with Polish forward Karol Swiderski getting the only goal of the match in the first half after he found the back of the net following a set piece situation. Albania however bounced back from that defeat with a 2-0 victory over Moldova, going ahead in the second half after Jasir Asani’s sweet strike from outside found the top left corner of the net before Nedim Bajrami added a second, bending his right-footed effort into the bottom left corner of the net.

Albania returned to wins with another impressive 3-1 victory over the Faroe Islands. Bajrami put the Albanians in front 19 minutes into the game before Odmar Færø headed the Faroe Islands level in first-half stoppage time. A second half full of endeavor saw Albania regain their lead in the 51st minute courtesy of a Kristjan Asllani screamer before substitute Earnest Muçi put the tie to bed in second-half stoppage time. 

A 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic saw Albania’s winning run come to a halt but it proved to be a minor setback as they emerged triumphant in the next two qualifying matches that followed, beating Poland 2-0 with first and second half efforts from Jasir Asani and Mirlind Daku respectively before cruising to a 3-0 victory over Czech Republic in a match that saw Asani get on the scoresheet again before Taulant Seferi’s second-half brace put the game to bed. 

The Albanians rounded off their qualifying campaign with draws against Moldova and the Faroe Islands respectively, their resilience throughout the group qualifying campaign proving pivotal to their qualifying campaign success.

Croatia and Albania will be meeting each other for the first time in history hence there are no head-to-head records for this fixture at the time of writing.

Match tickets

This highly anticipated match at the Volkspark-Stadion in Hamburg is set to kick off on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 15:00 GMT.

The 57,000-capacity stadium is set to host this thrilling encounter between Croatia and Albania. Getting Croatia vs Albania tickets could take a lot of work given the game’s standard.

Hence, you are advised to check ticket reselling sites should they be expected to sell out on both nations’ official ticketing websites.

Team news

Line-ups

Zlatko Dalic will be hoping his team can maintain the edge they showed at the start of their qualifying campaign as consistency will prove to be invaluable in their quest to qualify from this group.

Croatia: Livakovic, Stanisic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Majer, Kramaric, Ivanusec, Budimir

Albania hopes they can take their fine form from the qualifying campaign into the Euro finals, as they will be looking to give a good account of themselves when they come face to face with some of Europe’s elite football nations.

Albania: Strakosha, Balliu, Ismajli, Djimsiti, Mitaj, Bare, Asllani, Bajrami, Asani, Daku, Uzuni

Prediction

Based on both teams’ UEFA rankings, Croatia seems the overwhelming favorite to emerge victorious from this encounter. Still, Albania will be looking to put up a good fight against the 2018 World Cup finalists.

Croatia 3-1 Albania

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