Croatia play Denmark in the UEFA Nations League 2022-23 at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on Friday, September 23, 2022. The match will start at 12:15 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Croatia are currently two points behind their opponents Denmark in the League A Group 1 of the UNL 2022-23. The 2018 World Cup finalists followed their 3-0 defeat on matchday 1 by scoring seven points in the next three games. They beat the reigning World Champions 1-0 in their last match, thanks to Luka Modric’s early penalty.
The Danish national team had a stunning Euro 2020 campaign and have continued in the same vein in the UEFA Nations League. Denmark are currently leading the group after winning three of the four matches. Jonas Wind, Christian Norgaard and Robert Skov are ruled out of their top-of-the-table clash against Croatia due to injuries.
Croatia vs Denmark UEFA Nations League 2022-23 odds
Parimatch odds: Croatia: 2.55, Denmark: 3.05, Draw: 3.15
Betwinner odds: Croatia: 2.42, Denmark: 2.97, Draw: 3.24
Betway odds: Croatia: 2.40, Denmark: 3.00, Draw: 3.20
10CRIC odds: Croatia: 2.44, Denmark: 2.86, Draw: 3.12
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Croatia vs Denmark head-to-head
Croatia are unbeaten against Denmark, winning all four previous matches played between the two nations.
In June 2022, the Croatian national team secured a 1-0 victory against Denmark on matchday 3 of League A Group 1 in the current UEFA Nations League campaign.
The Danes have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches against Croatia.
Croatia vs Denmark UEFA Nations League 2022-23 squads
Croatia: Ivica Ivusic (goalkeeper), Dominik Livakovic (goalkeeper), Duje Caleta-Car, Marin Pongracic, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Stanisic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Josip Juranovic, Luka Modric (captain), Borna Sosa, Luka Sucic, Luka Ivanusec, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Vlasic, Marcelo Brozovic, Lovro Majer, Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Mislav Orsic.
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (captain and goalkeeper), Daniel Iversen (goalkeeper), Jannik Vestergaard, Jens Stryger Larsen, Nicolai Boilesen, Philip Billing, Robert Skov, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Victor Nelsson, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Morten Hjulmand, Christian Norgaard, Daniel Wass, Mathias Jensen, Joakim Maehle, Mikkel Damsgaard, Christian Eriksen, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Skov Olsen, Jonas Wind, Andreas Cornelius.
Croatia vs Denmark probable starting lineups
Croatia: Ivica Ivusic (goalkeeper), Josip Stanisic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Josip Juranovic, Luka Modric (captain), Marcelo Brozovic, Lovro Majer, Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Mislav Orsic.
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (captain and goalkeeper), Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Victor Nelsson, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Joakim Maehle, Mikkel Damsgaard, Christian Eriksen, Martin Braithwaite.
Croatia vs Denmark UEFA Nations League 2022-23 combined fantasy XI
Kasper Schmeichel (goalkeeper), Josip Stanisic, Dejan Lovren, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Luka Modric (captain), Christian Eriksen, Mathias Jensen, Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Mikkel Damsgaard.
Croatia top picks and players to watch vs Denmark UEFA Nations League 2022-23
Luka Modric: The talismanic midfielder has been at the heart of Croatian success on the world stage in the last few years. Modric won the Golden Ball in the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup as his playmaking ability is second to none in European football. The Croatian captain smashed the match-winning penalty last time out against Denmark.
Andrej Kramaric: The 31-year-old striker has been in fine form in the Bundesliga for 1899 Hoffenheim, scoring two goals and making two assists so far in the 2022-23 campaign. Kramaric scored the equalizer against France on matchday 1 of the UEFA Nations League. His high-pressing nature of play and creativity on the ball, highlighted by his 84 per cent passing accuracy in this campaign, will be key to breaking the Danish defence.
Denmark top picks and players to watch vs Croatia UEFA Nations League 2022-23
Christian Eriksen: Denmark’s playmaker-in-chief has had a solid start on his return to the big time in the Premier League with Manchester United. He has registered two assists in his last three matches for the Red Devils. Eriksen assisted Denmark’s 84th-minute winner against Austria on matchday 2 of the current UEFA Nations League campaign.
Mikkel Damsgaard: The 22-year-old forward was one of the most impressive players in the Euro 2020 for Denmark. Damsgaard netted two goals, including the opener against England in the semi-final, and made an assist in a successful campaign for the Danes. His ability on set-pieces and direct nature of play makes him a potential danger for Croatia.
Croatia vs Denmark UEFA Nations League 2022-23 prediction
Croatia have the home advantage in this match and an unbeaten record against Denmark in this top-of-the-table clash. Their current form gives them a higher winning probability than the visitors.
The odds are slightly against Denmark in this encounter, but they have been one of the in-form teams in Europe in the past few seasons. The Danes are likely to challenge the hosts for all three points in this match.