Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Not so long ago, Spain were the best team in the World. After their World Cup performance where they left the competition in the 1/8 finals not succeeding in breaking the Russian bunker and losing on penalties, it seems they are no longer the best. In this League of Nations group match they play Croatia who are flying high, after their best result in international football. Spaniards will hope to get the crowd on their side again by reminding everyone who they were a few years back. The venue for this match will be the Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium in Elche. With England and their young and talented team in the group with them, this game carries that much more importance, especially if Spain lose their opening game at Wembley. Both sides will play different squads then two months ago and both will fancy a win. We predict a high scoring draw.
Highlighted Player (David de Gea):
David De Gea Quintana, born on 7th of November 1990 in Madrid is a Spanish football player which is currently playing for Manchester United. De Gea’s length is 192cm and is the goalkeeper for the national team of Spain as well.
De Gea started his career at Atletico Madrid B and after playing for Atletico Madrid for 2 seasons he got transferred to Manchester United for 20 million euro. David de Gea made his debut for the national team in June 2014.David de Gea won the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid in 2009/2010 and the Premier League with Manchester United in 2012/2013.
At the moment David de Gea can be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and is involved many transfer rumours every transfer period. David de Gea played for more than 300 games on the highest level already.
Highlighted Team (Croatia):
While the national football team of Croatia also played international matches between 1940 and 1944, they only resumed their duties in 1990 after the country gained independence from Yugoslavia. Vatreni enjoyed a remarkable start on the international stage, winning the third place on their first ever World Cup appearance in France in 1998, while crashing out in the group stage at the 2002, 2006 and 2014 tournaments.
Croatia also reached the quarter-finals at the 1996 and 2008 European Championships, proving they are rightly considered one of Europe’s top sides at the start of the 21st century. Long-serving captain Darijo Srna is their most capped player with over 130 appearances for the national team, whereas former Real Madrid striker Davor Suker is one of their most famous players and top scorer with 45 goals.
Other notable footballers to have played for Croatia include Luka Modric, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic. Miroslav Blazevic and Slaven Bilic are the coaches that have been behind team’s biggest success stories up to date.