Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Croatia, who made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, take on Azerbaijan at Stadion Maksimir at the start of their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign. The Croats aim to make a flying start and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Qurban Qurbanov’s troops. A man to watch in the home side will be Real Madrid ace Luka Modric, whilst Mario Mandzukic is likely to lead the line for the hosts. You should bear in mind that Croatia have yet to suffer a loss on home soil in the Euro qualifiers. Zlatko Dalic’s men recorded four wins in previous five home games in the qualification for Euro. Azerbaijan, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Croatia’s party at Stadion Maksimir. In their last meeting in Croatia Zlatko Dalic’s team hammered the Azeri 6-0.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Perisic):
Ivan Perisic is a Croatian football player born on 2nd of February 1989 in Split. Perisic started his football career in the youth of Hajduk Split where FC Sochaux discovered him by a very young age. After playing for FC Sochaux, Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg Inter Milan transferred him for approximately 17 million euro.
Perisic made his debut for the Croatian national team in 2011. Perisic played in all big tournaments so far such as the EURO 2012 and the World Cup 2014. In several EURO 2016 qualification matches Perisic was the captain of the national team.
Perisic is known for being a strong right-footed attacking midfielder. Because of his strength and vision it’s hard to win a duel against Perisic. One of Perisic’ biggest weaknesses is his lack of technique which is required to play for the biggest football clubs. Perisic won several prizes in his career but didn’t always play a big role in them. In season 2010/2011 Perisic was topscorer of the highest Belgian football division scoring 22 goals.
Highlighted Team (Azerbaijan):
Azerbaijan footballers were playing for Soviet Union national team from 1920 to 1991. In 1991 Azerbaijan gained its independence and they have been competing on the international stage ever since. The Azeri have yet to qualify for the finals of a major tournament, but they have been producing fine performances ever since Robert Prosinecki took over the reins.
On September 17, 1992 the Milli suffered a 6-3 loss to Georgia in their first international match and seven years later they recorded their biggest win, with the team beating Liechtenstein 4-0 in front of home fans in Baku. The Azerbaijan national football team wear blue shirts and blue shorts when playing at home ground, while the colour of their away kit is red.
Gurban Gurbanov is the most capped played (68) and the legendary attacker, who played for Azerbaijan from 1992 to 2005), scored 14 goals for the national team. It has to be noted that the former Soviet republic play their home matches at Baku Olympic Stadium, which was opened on March 6, 2015.