Croatia vs Albania: Euro 2024 Prediction & Betting Tips

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TournamentEuro 2024
Timetable14:00 GMT - 19th JUNE 24
PredictionCroatia to win
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Croatia to win
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The first-round matches of Euro 2024 have flown by and we have been treated to some quality football from some of the best footballers in the world. If the second round of games matches the first, we are in for a right treat. Croatia's second match of the competition sees them take on Albania, and it is a match that both teams really need to win since both lost their opening games of the competition. Read on to find out who I think will go on and win this big match.

🏆 Croatia vs Albania Prediction: Who Will Win?

Croatia had a tricky opening match against Spain, and it must be said that they did not really lay a glove on their highly-rated opponents. While Spain were the favourites for the match, Croatia fans will be disappointed that they did not put up more of a fight. They were 3-0 down before the break, so the contest was as good as over with another half of football still to play. The Croatians were slightly better in the second half and should have had a consolation goal from the penalty spot, but it was ruled out for encroachment. Croatia are better than what they showed on Saturday, and I am sure we will see that on Wednesday.

Albania did very well to qualify for the European Championship. Still, they will consider themselves to be very unlucky to be drawn into the "Group of Death", featuring Italy, Croatia, and Spain. The Albanians took on Italy in their first Group B match, and they made history by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the competition. However, the defending champions quickly grew into the match and were 2-1 up in the 16th minute. Albania made life tough for the Italians, but they did not really offer much of a goal threat and will do well to pick up a point in this group.

Croatia will find Albania hard to break down at first, but their quality should come to the fore and they should pick up a very important three points. As for the scoreline, I am going to go for a 2-0 win for Croatia.

My Prediction: 🏆 Croatia 2 Albania 0 ⚽

💯 Croatia vs Albania Betting Odds

Those who want to place bets on this Croatia vs Albania match can find plenty of betting options at established and new UK betting sites. Below, as usual, I have provided you with my five favourites and the odds that they are offering for three popular markets. You can find out more about these bookies in our bookmaker reviews section.

🏅 Croatia vs Albania: Match Winner Odds

Sometimes you can use past results to get an idea as to which way a match will go, but you cannot for this fixture as it will be the first time that these two nations have played against each other. You will probably not be surprised to find out that Croatia are the big favourites for this match, and you can see the match winner odds that five top bookmakers are offering in the table below:


⚽ Croatia vs Albania: Both Teams To Score Odds

The bookmakers do not give Albania much chance of getting anything out of this game, and that includes a consolation goal. As you know from my score prediction, I agree with the bookmakers here. They were gifted a goal against Italy and did not offer much else in the way of an attacking threat. If you want to put money on this market, then below you can find the both teams to score odds:


🥅 Croatia vs Albania: Over/Under 2.5 Goals Odds

The bookmakers do not think that both teams will score in this match, so it is not that much of a surprise to then see that they do not think that there will be over 2.5 goals scored in this game. From the odds that are on offer from this market, it seems that they agree with my 2-0 scoreline. If you want to bet on the total goals scored in this match, then below are the over/under 2.5 goals odds.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.51.931.931.931.942.00
Under 2.51.761.761.851.721.78

✔️ Croatia vs Albania Betting Tips

Now that you know the Croatia vs Albania odds that some top bookies are offering for this match, this betting guide is now going to give you some top Croatia vs Albania betting tips. Whether you are betting with your own hard-earned money or some sort of free bet, it is always wise to check out other people's views before laying a bet.

  • Tip 1: Bet on Croatia to win: Croatia will be disappointed with their showing against Spain, so they will hit Albania with everything they have as they know another defeat will likely see them eliminated from the competition. Albania will sit back and look to hit their Balkan opponents on the counter, but Croatia should have too much for them over the course of 90 minutes. Those who want to back a Croatia win can find odds of 1.48 at 10Bet Sport.
  • Tip 2: Bet on both teams not scoring: Yes, Croatia conceded three goals in their last match, but Spain have a lot more attacking quality than Albania. Apart from their gift, the Albanians did not really trouble Gianluigi Donnarumma for the majority of the match. Croatia are usually solid at the back, and I can see them dealing with everything that the Albanians throw their way. If you want to put money on both teams not scoring, then BetUK Sports are offering odds of 1.65 at present.
  • Tip 3: Give Croatia a one-goal handicap: The current match winner odds for a Croatia win might not appeal to you too much, but you can increase them slightly by giving the Croats a one-goal disadvantage ahead of kick-off. This would mean that Croatia would need to score at least twice and not concede, which I think is exactly what is going to happen. If you agree with this, then LeoVegas are currently offering odds of 2.33.
  • Tip 4: Bet on a 2-0 win for Croatia: I always like checking out the correct score market since there are usually some interesting odds available. For instance, if like me, you think Croatia will have too much for Albania and will win 2-0, then you can find odds of 5.85 at Betiton Sport.

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1️⃣Croatia Update

All of the pressure is on Croatia ahead of this match as a loss will severely dent their chances of making it through to the knockout stages. This small nation regularly overachieves at big competitions, so elimination in the Group Stage is something that they will not want to think about.

They knew it was going to be tough against Spain, but they will be disappointed with their overall showing - there is no shame in losing to Spain, but the game being over at half-time will have bruised their egos a little bit. They will now look to channel their disappointment and smash Albania. Below are their previous five results:

Last 5 Matches
International Friendly
International Friendly
International Friendly
International Friendly

One silver lining from their defeat to Spain is the fact that nobody got injured or picked up a red card to rule themselves out of this clash. So, Zlatko Dalić has a full squad to choose from.

2️⃣Albania Update

Albania were always the bookmakers' favourite to finish at the bottom of Group B, and nothing will have changed after the first round of matches. They got off to a dream start against Italy, scoring with just 23 seconds on the clock, but Italy's quality shone through in the end.

They do have quality in their ranks, as they showed by topping their qualifying group, but the three teams in this group are way better than them. It would be a surprise if they picked up a single point from their three matches. Below you can see their last five results:

Last 5 Matches
International Friendly
International Friendly
UEFA EURO Qualifiers
International Friendly

Sylvinho also has no injuries or suspensions that he will need to contend with ahead of this clash with Croatia.

👕 Croatia vs Albania - Potential Lineups

GoalkeeperD. LivakovićT. StrakoshaGoalkeeper
Right BackJ. StanišićE. HysajRight Back
Centre BackJ. ŠutaloA. AjetiCentre Back
Centre BackM. PongračićB. DjimsitiCentre Back
Left BackJ. GvardiolM. MitajLeft Back
Centre MidfieldL. ModrićK. AsllaniCentre Midfield
Centre MidfieldM. BrozovićY. RamadaniCentre Midfield
Centre MidfieldM. KovačićN. BajramiCentre Midfield
Right WingL. MajerJ. AsaniRight Wing
ForwardA. BudimirA. BrojaStriker
StrikerA. KramarićT. SeferiLeft Wing

Croatia to win

✒️ Sheldon Muchmore - iGaming and Sports Betting Enthusiast

This Croatia vs Albania Euro 2024 prediction was written by Sheldon Muchmore.

Sheldon is a sports tipster and casino writer from the UK who has a passion for a variety of sports, especially football, rugby, and cricket. He has been involved in the sports betting industry for many years now, and is always eager to provide successful predictions. He is also a dab hand when it comes to the iGaming sector as he has written many casino and slot game reviews.

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