Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Latvia, Croatia will be aiming to seal their spot at Euro 2024 finals when they welcome Armenia to Stadion Maksimir in their last group game. The Croats faced no difficulties in the Skonto stadions triumph and they are seen as hot favourites to win Tuesday’s clash as well. Both Ivan Perisic and Bruno Petkovic remain in the recovery room, while fit-again striker Andrej Kramaric should keep his place in the starting XI after finding the net in the triumph over Latvia.
The Armenians, on the other hand, have nothing to play for in this match and seeing that Croatia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. There are no fresh injury worries in the visiting team, but Pyunik Yerevan midfielder Hovhannes Harutyunyan could sneak into the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Wales.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Armenia footballers played for Soviet Union national football team until 1991, when the country declared independence. The Football Federation of Armenia was founded the following year and they quickly established relations with both FIFA (1992) and UEFA (1993).
Despite the fact that Manchester United ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan plays for the Armenia national football team, the Havakakan have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament. Mkhitaryan is undisputedly the team’s most famous footballer, but we should mention former Ajax striker Edgar Manucharyan as well, who is in the twighlight of his career. Armenia played their first international game against Moldova in October, 1992 and it has to be noted that they played out a goalless draw with the former Soviet republic.
The Armenians have slim chances of qualifying for the FIFA World cup 2018 finals, but they did well to beat Montenegro in the process. Armenia footballers wear red shirts and red shorts when playing at home ground (Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium), while the colour of their away kits is white.