Croatia vs Slovenia- Pre Game

Discussion in 'UEFA and Europe' started by MetroFever, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. MetroFever

    MetroFever Member+

    Jun 3, 2001
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia and Slovenia have faced each other 6 times and the Croats are 4-0-2:

    1991- Murska Sobota, Slovenia (exhibition):
    Croatia 1 Slovenia 0

    1995- Zagreb, Croatia (Euro 96 qualifer):
    Croatia 2 Slovenia 0

    1995- Ljubljana, Slovenia (Euro 96 qualifer):
    Croatia 2 Slovenia 0

    1997- Split, Croatia (98 WC qualifier):
    Croatia 3 Slovenia 3

    1997- Ljubljana, Slovenia (98 WC qualifier):
    Croatia 3 Slovenia 1

    2002- Zagreb, Croatia (exhibition):
    Croatia 0 Slovenia 0

    Slovenes had 15 goals in Group 1 play, while the Croats have struggled to score. On the other hand, the Croatian defense has given up a stingy 4 goals, while the Slovenian defense has been porous, giving up an astounding 12 goals.

    What is encouraging for Croatia is that Slovenia did not put up much of a fight in their only "real" competition in the group, losing to France 5-0 and 2-0, in addition to settling for a 2-2 against lowly Cyprus.

    I'm looking for Croatia to draw at Slovenia 0-0 and to win at home 2-1.
  2. Soccersuperman

    Soccersuperman New Member

    Oct 14, 2003
    You're quite correct Metro. I see the match as the match of a team with a weak attack (Cro) against the team with weak defence (Slo). Rapaic, Prso and Olic against Knavs, Cipot and Snofl.

    Croatia: Rapaic and Prso. And Olic - on a good day. The defence is weaker part of the team (except Pletikosa) but still better than Slovenian.

    Slovenia: The Trio - Zahovic, Ceh and Acimovic. I believe Slovenia will have to play 4-4-2 or maybe with libero in the back.

    Chances? Croatia 55% vs Slovenia 45%.

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