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UEFA Euro 2012 Predictions: Jelavic, Modric Hope To Carry Croatia: Croatia Euro 2012 is going to be tough to say the least for the Croats, knowing that they are in a group with Spain and Italy, two of the top teams in the world. Beating the Euro 2012 betting lines could be crucial for Croatia, as the team really hasn’t had a heck of a lot to be all that happy about since finishing in third place at the 1998 World Cup.

Croatia is ranked No. 8 in the world, and it is the team that could be sneaky in this group. Obviously, Spain is the cream of the crop in Group C, but the Italians, the 2006 World Cup winners, are the second choices to come out of the group. Croatia is actually ranked four spots ahead of Italy on the FIFA World Rankings though, so this could be very interesting to say the least. The Croats are beginning with what should be the easiest match in this group against Ireland, and if that match is lost, it is likely going to be a long, uphill battle to get them into the quarterfinals of this tournament.

Croatia Euro 2012 Schedule
Sunday June 10th: Ireland vs. Croatia 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Thursday June 14th: Italy vs. Croatia 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)
Monday June 18th: Croatia vs. Spain 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)

Manager Slaven Bilic has a few strikers that he really can count on for goals. Eduardo is the team’s best goal scorer right now, as he has 23 strikes in his 47 career matches for his team. Nikica Jelavic was a great player for Everton FC this year in the Premier League, and he hopes that that great season at the top flight of English soccer can get him on track here for his country in Euro 2012.

Over the course of the rest of the pitch, there is a lot of experience. Luka Modric and Darijo Srna both have goals in this tournament in the past, and they are two of the best midfielders that this team have to offer. Niko Kranjcar has 71 appearances an 15 goals for his country, while Ognjen Vukojevin has gotten four goals in his 39 matches for his team. Ivan Rakitic will surely be used as well. The 24-year old has eight goals at 41 caps, and he is just 24 years old.

Qualifying for Euro 2012 was difficult for the Croats. They ran into Greece, a team that went through the qualification process without a defeat. Then they had to take on Turkey, a team that made it to the semifinals of Euro 2008 in the playoff. It’s not that the Croats won that home and home series that was so surprising. It was that the team won 3-0 in Istanbul and held on easily for that 3-0 aggregate victory. Since then, goals have been aplenty in Croatia’s lead up matches to this tournament. A 1-1 draw against Norway was the lowest scorer of the bunch, as the others featured 3-1 finals, a win against Estonia, and a loss against Sweden.

Croatia 2012 Euro Championship Tips & Predictions: It isn’t going to be an easy road for Croatia. The team is +700 at to win Group C, which seems to be a tremendous overlay when you compare that Italy is +300. The Croats are +160 to advance into the second round of the tourney, and they are +5000 to win the title. We could see how they could get out of the first round if Italy ends up slipping as we could see happening, but after that, the likelihood of facing an England or France in the quarterfinals just doesn’t look all that great.

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