This is the big game in Group D that most people will probably be tuning into. Arguably the 2 best teams in the group by some way, battling it out for first place, this is what the Euros are all about! Spain will fancy their chances of dispatching Croatia and most people would be inclined to agree in all honesty. Spain are one of the world's greatest teams and one of the favourites to win the whole tournament, for the third time in a row! Croatia will also think they can get something from this game. Either way first place will be important to both teams and both will want to end the group on a winning note.
Croatia will be very disappointed with how the last game went, they seemed to have the game won and be cruising to victory and it all just fell apart. Skoda scored for the Czechs and then the game was marred by crowd trouble and some will say that the Croatians just lost their concentration and its hard to argue against that. That late penalty will have been a blow but we saw England bounce back from a late equaliser to beat Wales so it can be done if you have the right attitude. Also big boys Perisic and Modric will need to stand up and be counted here.
Spain on the other hand come into this game having destroyed Turkey in the previous game. People were slightly worried when they took a long time to break down Czech Republic in the first game but they answered those critics of the Tiki Taka system once again by pummelling Turkey into submission. Spain can beat anyone on their day and will want to add to the momentum by beating Croatia on Tuesday.
The real question is whether Croatia will try and stand toe to toe with the Spanish or try and sit back and hit them on the counter attack? Both techniques have failed for a lot of teams in the past.
Spain have got their eye in now, they've settled down and got used to the tournament and looked very comfortable against Turkey. Turkey are poor opposition in comparison but they still needed to beat them and they did comfortably. Croatia will spend a lot of time in their own half and won't see a lot of the ball, I'm not sure their players are used to that. Spain win for me.
Spain come into games and either struggle to score even a single goal or they win the game 4 or 5 nil. No game has had 4 goals scored by a single team yet but if Spain get into their stride and score a few goals and Croatia manage to bag one then you've got a high scoring game on your hands, and some money in your back pocket if you managed to back it.
I think if Spain go 2 or 3 goals up then they may take their foot off the gas or start subbing players they want to be fresh for the later rounds of the tournament and then maybe concede a goal. Croatia do have some very capable players and could also bag one from a set piece or a quick break so I'm not completely ruling out them scoring but if they do it will likely only be one.
Croatia will likely hold Spain for a good portion of the first half but they've proven they can't be trusted late on, I can see 1 Spain goal in the first half followed by a flurry in the second.
This is the 3rd time I have backed him to get the third goal and I'm thinking it will be 3rd time lucky. Morata managed to score the first in the last game with Nolito getting the second but I've resisted choosing Morata here for a couple of reasons. Firstly Nolito is more prolific than Morata and secondly Nolito's odds will be higher with the bookies.
Imagine having to play against one of the best teams in the tournament who happen to also have one of the best defences in the tournament and you manage to create some kind of chance out of nowhere and you look up and the goalkeeper you have to beat one on one is David De Gea. Why did you even bother to put your kit on this morning? De Gea is one of the best keepers in the world without a doubt and Spain are yet to concede in this competition. This bet is worth sticking a few quid on at least.