Croatia vs Albania Bet Builder Tips: Budimir to open account in 11/2 shot

 | Tuesday 18th June 2024, 9:14am

Tuesday 18th June 2024, 9:14am

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Croatia and Albania will both be looking to respond after losing their Euro 2024 openers when they lock horns in Hamburg on Wednesday (14:00, ITV/STV). Croatia were schooled 3-0 by Spain while Albania let a one-goal lead slip as they were defeated 2-1 by reigning champions Italy.

Both nations need a result here to keep their Euros hopes alive as defeat would see them most likely exit the tournament at the first hurdle. Below I have outlined my Croatia vs Albania bet builder tips, which combined, pay out at 11/2.

Croatia vs Albania Bet Builder Tips

  • Ante Budimir anytime goalscorer
  • Over 3.5 Croatia corners
  • Croatia to win by 2+ goals
  • Both teams to score - No

#PickYourPunt pays at 11/2

Croatia vs Albania Odds

Ante Budimir anytime goalscorer

He may have had no service against Spain before being substituted, but I am expecting Croatia to evolve to better include their striker Ante Budimir against Albania. The forward, who operates at club level in Spain, scored 17 goals in La Liga last season, so Valtreni need to find a way to get him more involved against Albania.

I expect Zlatko Dalic will look to tweak his team to get the best out of the attacker, who, along with Andrej Kramaric, carries their biggest goal threat. Both Croatia and Budimir will relish the chance at facing a team who are lesser than Spain in matchday two as it will give them the best chance to get three points on the board and set them up nicely for their clash with Italy in the final group game.

Croatia will be fired up to deliver a response on Wednesday, and I believe Budimir can profit as a result.

Over 3.5 Croatia corners

Croatia didn't register a single corner against Spain on Saturday, but I reckon this will change on Wednesday. The onus will be on them to dictate the tempo against Albania, and they are expected to dominate the ball. The Valtreni will attack just as they did against La Roja, but they'll be hoping to more clinical effect.

Albania will find it tough playing against veteran midfield maestro Luka Modric, who can spring a pass from anywhere. I expect they will come under fire from all angles and so I can see them conceding a few corners in Hamburg. Italy managed to rack up five corners against them, so I can see Croatia reaching a similar figure.

Euro 2024 Odds

Croatia to win by 2+ goals

Spain were somewhat flattered in the 3-0 win over Croatia even if their victory was fully merited. They gave Croatia a tough lesson for tournament football in that they were clinical with their chances.

They made sure to punish lapses of concentration while Croatia couldn't do that themselves. Dalic's men got into excellent positions and did conjure some good opportunities but they just couldn't hit the target.

I expect they will be more composed in their second game as they know how important getting three points here are for their bid to reach the knockout stage. I believe Budimir will find the net, and I reckon one or two more players will be able to open their Euro 2024 accounts.

Albania did give a good account of themselves against Italy but I think they will struggle against Croatia because Dalic's players have a habit of suffocating the opposition, particularly those who are not at the same level as them.

It is why they have been doing well in the last two World Cups and why teams are nervous to face them. I believe the forward players will be more switched on against Albania and I think they can put in a convincing attacking display.

Both teams to score - No

And by suffocating opponents, this also means Croatia have a habit of limiting teams opportunities at goal. Of course this wasn't the case against Spain, but they should find it easier to defend against Albania.

Albania were gifted their first-minute goal against Italy and that was their only effort on target in the match. Croatia cannot afford to leak more goals after their previous defeat and so I think they will be seeking a clean sheet just as much as the three points on Wednesday, and I can see them achieving that.

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You can read all our latest Euro 2024 Betting Tips at our dedicated Betfred Insights content hub.

 

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