Croatia will try to end its disappointing run on a high note Tuesday when it visits Scotland for its final group-stage match at the 2020 European Championships. Both teams need to win to have any chance to advance, and they would still need plenty of help. Croatia lost to France in the World Cup final less than three years ago, but it has just one point after a loss to England and a draw with the Czech Republic. Scotland opened Euro 2020 with a 2-0 loss to the Czechs before holding high-powered England to a scoreless draw on Friday. Both teams' strengths are from the midfield back, but they need to find a way to get on the score sheet to have any chance at the knockout stage.
Kickoff from Glasgow is set for 3 p.m. ET. Croatia is the slight +140 favorite (risk $100 to win $140) in the latest Croatia vs. Scotland odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in any Scotland vs. Croatia picks, check out the Euro 2020 predictions and best bets from SportsLine's Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated almost $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He's having a great Euro 2020 as well, with his picks generating over $800 in profit for $100 bettors through Monday's action. Green has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Scotland vs. Croatia at Euro 2020 and locked in his best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Croatia vs. Scotland:
- Croatia vs. Scotland spread: Croatia -0.5
- Croatia vs. Scotland over-under: 2.5 goals
- Croatia vs. Scotland money line: Croatia +140, Scotland +175, Draw +270
- CRO: Ivan Perisic has scored three of the last five goals in major competitions
- SCO: The Scots are the only team without a goal at Euro 2020
Why you should back Croatia
The Croats have the edge in technical ability and talent, and they are ranked 14th in the world while Scotland is 44th. Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) and Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) form one of the world's most talented midfields. Modric has 17 goals in 140 appearances for Croatia, but numbers don't tell his full story. He was named the world's best player in 2018, and his field vision is nearly unmatched. Kovacic brings experience and physicality, while Brozovic is a strong box-to-box player with tremendous stamina.
Croatia should be able to wear down a Scottish defense that could be drained by its tremendous physical effort against England. Bruno Petkovic's ability to draw fouls and hold the ball could cause issues in the middle, while Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic and Nikola Vlasic try to draw the defense wide. Perisic had the equalizer against the Czech Republic and is the team's top scorer this season with five, while Petkovic has four. Vlasic had 11 goals and five assists for CSKA Moscow and has three in 10 international matches, and he looks like a future star at age 23.
Why you should back Scotland
The teams have met five times, and Scotland has never lost. The last two meetings were 2014 World Cup qualifying matches, with the Scots prevailing both times, 1-0 and 2-0. The other three ended in draws. The Scots come in brimming with confidence after putting in a rousing defensive effort against England. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Grant Hanley (Norwich City) and Scott McTominay (Manchester United) locked down the back, with Andy Robertson and Stephen O'Donnell dropping back throughout to provide support from their wing-back spots.
The Scots have lost once in their past six matches and have not been held off the score sheet in three straight since 2004. They had their chances against England, with Lyndon Dykes missing a golden chance, and he will feature up top again. Che Adams, who has two goals in six appearances with the Scottish team, also proved to be a handful for England and could cause problems. Midfielder John McGinn is the top scorer with the national team with seven goals in 12 matches. The Scots will enjoy the backing of a limited home crowd that will be stoked by Friday's result.
How to make Scotland vs. Croatia Euro 2020 picks
Green has analyzed Croatia vs. Scotland from every possible angle. He's leaning under on the goal total (2.5), and he's locked in two additional best bets, including one that pays plus-money. He's only sharing those picks on SportsLine.
So who wins Croatia vs. Scotland? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Scotland vs. Croatia, all from the European soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.