SLOVENIA VS CROATIA
Matjai Kek's Slovenia head into this World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign in high spirits, following seven clean sheets in eight games and promotion in the UEFA Nations League (UNL). Despite their blistering run, Slovenia have won just two of their last 12 matches vs top-20 FIFA ranked UEFA nations (W2, D3, L7), conceding 2+ goals in five of the defeats.
A 577-minute run without conceding a home goal also ended last time out for Slovenia, though they are still currently unbeaten in six outings here (W4, D2). Another tight affair either way could ensue, as four of Slovenia's last five home games vs top-20 ranked UEFA nations have produced under 2.5 total goals and seen just one side score.
FIFA World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia escaped UNL relegation by virtue of H2H goal difference, and currently endure the joint-longest winless run during Zlatko Dalié's time in charge (DI, L3). Yet, they are the group's top seed, and should at least match the impressive W/D-rate they registered from WCQ games en-route to the last finals (W6, D2, L2).
PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 GOALS & CROATIA TO WIN. CS 1-3
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