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2012 Euro Cup Odds & Picks: Croatia vs. Spain Match Odds & Preview

Croatia vs. Spain Match Analysis: Fix Could Be In For 2-2 Draw: The Croatia Euro 2012 campaign might have come across a stroke of luck. The final fixture in Group C for the Croats looked to be the most difficult one against Spain, but thanks to common hatred of the Italians and the desire for both to get through to the second round of this tournament, we could see some real shenanigans taking place on the pitch at Arena Gdansk. Our Croatia vs. Spain free picks, predictions, and tips definitely are calling for a suspect result to say the least.

Spain is the team that is in the best shape in this match. As long as the Spaniards procure at least a point, regardless of what the final score actually reads, they will be through to the second round. A draw of 2-2 or greater though, and they are guaranteed to be the Group C winners and will await the runner up of Group D in the quarterfinals, thus also avoiding Germany until the finals of this event. For Croatia, that 2-2 draw is the key result. Scoring at least twice and drawing or winning would give the Croats the second spot in the quarterfinals out of Group C. That being said, with the mutual result helping both sides, we could be seeing some real antics here, just as we saw eight years ago when Denmark and Sweden played to a 2-2 draw in Euro 2004 to knock this very same Italian team out of this tournament.

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Croatia vs. Spain Schedule and Match Information
Croatia vs. Spain Match Date/Time: Monday, June 18th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Croatia vs. Spain Stadium: Arena Gdansk
Croatia vs. Spain on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Croatia vs. Spain Match Odds: Spain -1 (-125)
Croatia vs. Spain Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -140)

What we have seen out of Croatia in these opening two matches of this tournament is some fantastic defense. Against Ireland in the opening fixture of Group C, we saw the Croats really dominate the possession of the ball, especially early in the second half when the match got out of hand. Yes, they did end up conceding a goal in the first half, but that was entirely a matter of fluke more so than anything else. The second match against Italy was certainly a heck of a lot more difficult, and though the Italians did win the battle of possession by a slender margin, their seven attempts on target were one shy of what the Croats were able to put on Gigi Buffon. In the end, Andrea Pirlo’s goal in the 39th minute was cancelled out by a late goal by Mario Mandzukic, which gave Croatia the much needed point that it had to have to really have a legitimate shot of getting into the quarterfinals coming into this fixture.

If Spain wants to win this match, it will likely end up doing just that. The Spaniards have been the dominating side here in Group C, scoring five goals against just one conceded, and the truth of the matter is that they should have bagged at least one or two more against the Italians in the opening match. If that were the case, Spain wouldn’t still have work to do to qualify for the second round as it has right now. Losing this fixture would see it out of the tournament in all likelihood, and that is a factor that cannot be forgotten. Fernando Torres logged a double against Ireland, and that was just a part of the massive 4-0 onslaught that ensured that the Spanish would likely be okay in this tournament to get into the knockout rounds. It was clearly the most dominating match that we have seen in Euro 2012 to date, and we really don’t anticipate seeing a heck of a lot more impressive of a showing out of any side still in this field at this point. The Spaniards really are the best team in this tournament, and they are still aiming for that third straight major tournament title, joining their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 crowns.

Croatia vs. Spain Match Preview & Analysis: Still, we think that that 2-2 draw is just too enticing to pass up. The price on the draw has dipped a bit in this match over the course of the last few days, but we still think that the Euro 2012 odds are going to shake out in such a way that it helps both of these clubs. There just isn’t a reason to try to do anything else. What would be better for the Spaniards? Knocking out Italy now, or potentially having to face them down the road in the Euro 2012 Finals? And for Croatia, this is self-explanatory. Getting into the knockout rounds and keeping its tournament alive is of the utmost importance. It might look a little shady in the end, but we still think that this match has a 2-2 draw written all over it.

Croatia vs. Spain Punting Tip: Exact Score 2-2 Draw (+900) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Croatia vs. Spain Score Prediction: Croatia 2 – Spain 2

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