Armenia vs. Croatia Euro 2024 Qualifiers Preview

In a thrilling showdown, Armenia takes on Croatia at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium on Monday evening, in the latest round of qualifiers for Euro 2024. Both teams are neck-and-neck in the group standings, making this match a crucial one.

Match Preview

At the midway point of the qualification campaign, Armenia finds itself in an unexpectedly strong position. With seven points from their opening four games, they share the same point tally as their upcoming opponents.

Moreover, they trail the group leaders, Turkey, by just three points with a game in hand.

Notably, Armenia secured a surprising 4-2 victory over Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium in June, further enhancing their qualification hopes.

However, their inability to beat Turkey in the opening match (a 2-1 loss) and a subsequent 1-1 draw may haunt them.

Their last match against Turkey showcased their potential. After Artak Dashyan’s goal gave Armenia the lead just after halftime, a late equalizer by Bertug Yildirim denied them three points.

Therefore, Armenia enters this clash against Croatia with a sense of urgency, knowing that a win is of paramount importance.

Croatia, on the other hand, remains undefeated in their Euro 2024 qualification matches. Although they have played the fewest games in Group D, their seven points from three outings, including a dominant 5-0 victory against Latvia, demonstrate their strength. A crucial win against Turkey earlier in the campaign adds to their confidence.

A victory on Monday night would propel Croatia to the top of Group D at the midway stage, owing to their superior head-to-head record against Turkey.

This would also create a three-point cushion between them and their Armenian counterparts.

Armenia Euro Champ Qualifying Form:

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  • D

Armenia Form (All Competitions):

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Croatia Euro Champ Qualifying Form:

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Croatia Form (All Competitions):

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Team News

Despite Armenia’s inability to hold on to their lead against Turkey, they are expected to stick with the same starting lineup, utilizing a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Grant-Leon Ranos, who has already scored two goals in Euro 2024 qualification, is set to lead the line.

Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, is likely to field a strong starting lineup against Armenia, also using a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Bruno Petkovic, in excellent form with four goals in his last two appearances for club and country, is the danger man to watch.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Armenia:

  • Cancarevic
  • Dashyan
  • Haroyan
  • Harutyunyan
  • Mkrtchyan
  • Iwu
  • Spertsyan
  • Bichakhchyan
  • Zelarayan
  • Tiknizyan
  • Ranos

Croatia:

  • Livakovic
  • Juranovic
  • Sutalo
  • Gvardiol
  • Sosa
  • Brozovic
  • Modric
  • Kramaric
  • Ivanusec
  • Perisic
  • Petkovic

Prediction: Armenia 0-1 Croatia

Armenia has impressed in the Euro 2024 qualification, but Croatia’s quality should help them secure a narrow victory, propelling them to the top of Group D.

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