18:45 GMT 11 September 2018
The UEFA Nations League has been great so far as international breaks that would usually be seen as pointless now have a sense of competition. In Group 1D, Spain face Croatia on Tuesday after being England 2-1 in the group’s opening game.
The two nations have met just six times and the results have been quite even. Spain have won three, Croatia have won and the other ended goalless. The last two fixtures were both at the Euros and in the first one, Spain won 1-0 on the way to the Euro 2012 trophy while Croatia got their revenge in the game in 2016, winning 2-1. There have been over 2.5 goals in three of the six games and they are the only games where both of the teams have scored.
Diego Costa is one of the main absentees for Spain who hasn’t returned to the squad after his wife gave birth at the weekend. Rodrigo is expected to retain his place but Morata might come into the starting XI.
Latest matches: Spain
Ivan Rakitic wasn’t in the Croatia side that drew with Portugal but he is expected to return against the country he currently plays in. Following Mario Mandzukic’s international retirement, the striker position is still up for grabs.
Latest matches: Croatia
With some of the Nations League games being uneventful, this is expected to be different with two of Europe’s strongest sides facing off. Despite Croatia having a brilliant World Cup, they still aren’t favourites to beat Spain away from home. A draw with both teams scoring looks very likely in this one but either team could certainly win.
11 September 2018 - 18:45 GMT
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