Spain vs Croatia Predicted Lineups: Likely XI for both teams

Here are our predicted lineups for the European Championships Group B match between Spain and Croatia from the Olympiastadion Berlin

 
7:00am on Saturday 15th June 2024
By
Martin Macdonald

The biggest Euros match on Saturday sees Spain face Croatia in a Group B fixture at the Olympiastadion Berlin.

Both Luis de la Fuente and Zlatko Dalic have a 26-man squad at their disposal and no new players can be called up.

Here's how the squads are shaping up heading into this one.

Spain Team News

Spain youngster Lamine Yamal is poised to make history on Saturday by becoming the youngest player ever to play a Euros group stage fixture. The current record is held by Pole Kacper Kozlowski (17 years and 246 days) but Lawal at 16 years and 338 days will beat that record should he feature.

Luis de la Fuente had decisions to make in goal and in defence. Unai Simon will probably be given the nod, while Aymeric Laporte and Robin Le Normand might start in the backline.

Rodri will marshal the midfield.

Key player - Spain

Spain are in a transition period at the moment, but they have a bonafide, world-class midfielder in Rodri.

27 yrs - DM (C), D (R) - Man City
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8
9
Shots P90
1.90
Duels won P90
6.16
Successful passing %
92%
Final third passes P90
35.67

Croatia Team News

Croatia's midfield may be getting on in years, but faith will once again be placed in Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric.

Josko Gvardol has played most of the season at left-back, but he will likely be moved into the centre of defence, with Borna Sosa playing wide.

Bruno Petkovic is in line to start up front.

There are no fresh injury concerns from the recent friendlies.

Key player - Croatia

Modric may not be a starter for Real Madrid anymore, but he is still more than capable of running a game at the highest level.

38 yrs - M, AM (C) - Real Madrid
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6
Shots P90
1.33
Duels won P90
3.84
Successful passing %
91%
Final third passes P90
30.25

Spain vs Croatia lineups

Spain (4-3-3): Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Grimaldo; Rodri, Pedri, Ruiz; Yamal, Morata, Williams

Croatia (4-3-3): Livakovic; Stanisic, Vida, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic

For all of the analysis of the match as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

FAQs

What was the score the last time Spain played Croatia? In the 2023 Nations League final, Spain beat Croatia on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

What time does the match kick-off? The game commences at 1700 GMT.

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