Croatia and Azerbaijan meet at Stadion Maksimir, in a match for this phase of the qualification for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). There is only a record of 1 direct match in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 03-09-2015, which ended with a draw by (0-0). Attention to the home factor, since Croatia usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 9 wins and 6 draws in their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 10 suffered. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with England by (2-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions Croatia has won 8 and tied 2. The team has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly , since they scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 4 of the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Croatia leaves for this match with a defeat, 2-1, in the field of England, in a game to count for the League of Nations. In the game against Azerbaijan, coach Zlatko Dalic must use a starting eleven very similar to the last match, aligned in 4-3-3, benefiting the maintenance of ball possession and organized attacks: Modric, the captain, is the great teacher of the team. On the other hand, it is important to underline the quality and opportunism of Ante Rebic, a very effective player in the finalization. There are no absences of weight for this game.
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 29 conceded; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 13 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss to Kosovo by (4-0). In the last 7 away matches Azerbaijan has won 2, tied 1 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback.
Azerbaijan leaves for this match with a rebuff, 4-0, in the move to Kosovo, in a game to count for the League of Nations. In this game against the world runner-up, coach Qurban Qurbanov must act in 4-2-3-1, however, with a more cautious strategy, since the opponent has great individual values. However, Azerbaijan must create some danger through the counterattack: Madatov is largely responsible for this type of transition. It is inevitable to highlight the goalkeeper Rufat Dadashov, a very competent player in the finalization. All the best players are available.