Croatia and Spain meet in the final of the UEFA Nations League in Rotterdam on Sunday night, and here we look ahead to the match with our latest football betting tips.
- What; 2023 UEFA Nations League
- Who; Croatia vs Spain
- Where; Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- When; Sunday May 18th
- Kick-Off; 7.45 pm
The two sides deservedly won their semi-finals in midweek, and now they meet to decide who will be the third ever winner of UEFA's newest competition.
In the 90 minute match betting, Spain are the favourites to win at even money. The draw is 12/5, with a win for Croatia priced at 11/4. In the betting to lift the trophy, Spain is 8/15, Croatia is 11/8.
Are Croatia being underestimated again?
Croatia were nearly 3/1 to beat the Netherlands in their semi-final on Wednesday night. With the benefit of hindsight, that price now looks ridiculous.
The Croats were by far the better team, and at odds of nearly 3/1 again for the match against the Spanish, we have to ask, are Croatia being underestimated yet again?
In fairness to the Spanish, they did outplay Italy in Thursday's second semi-final. As per usual, Spain dominated the play, but struggled to put their chances away. The names may have changed, but the problems remain the same for the Spanish.
After taking all that into account, we can see why the Spanish are the favourites to win the 2022/23 Nations League final. But we just think the odds aren't justified. They look too much in favour of Spain, which means we are leaning towards Luka Modric and Co.
Croatia vs Spain betting tips
Croatia have been in the final of the 2018 World Cup, and in 2022, they reached the semi-final stage.
The sides both played in the delayed Euro 2020, with Spain winning a goal fest 5-3 after extra-time.
The delayed Euro 2020 match in 2021 was the exception to the norm for Spain. They couldn't repeat the feats in the quarter-final and semi-final, where both matches went to penalties.
If Spain can put the ball in the net, they will probably win. That's a big if, though. And it's Croatia they're up against as well. Canny operators who know how to go deep into competitions.
The Croatians have come close to winning the World Cup twice. They will be desperate to finally land a tournament of some sort. And we think at 11/4 to win in 90 minutes, Croatia are good value, and a worthwhile football betting tip.