UEFA Euro 2020

Croatia vs Spain: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Tom Gott
Spain will meet Croatia in the Euro 2020 last 16
Spain will meet Croatia in the Euro 2020 last 16 / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Spain meet Croatia on Monday to battle for a spot in the quarter-final of Euro 2020.

Luis Enrique's side ended their group-stage campaign with an emphatic 5-0 mauling of a limp Slovakia side, which will have them in good spirits ahead of what could easily be a tricky affair against a Croatia team who picked up their own impressive 3-1 win over Scotland last time out.

Here's everything you need to know about the game.

How to watch Croatia vs Spain on TV in the UK/US

Russia v Denmark - UEFA Euro 2020: Group B
Denmark's Parken Stadium will host the game / Hannah McKay - Pool/Getty Images

When is kick off? Monday 28 June, 17:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
What TV channel is it on? ITV (UK), fuboTV/ESPN (US)
Who's the referee? Cuneyt Cakir
Who's the VAR? Bastian Dankert

*You can find out how to watch every Euro 2020 game here.

Croatia team news

Borna Barisic
Barisic is healthy again / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

There could be a first start of the competition for Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, who made his return from injury with 20 solid minutes against Scotland. Barisic's return would allow RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol to return to the centre of defence, where he will compete with Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren and Duje Caleta-Car for minutes.

One player who will not be involved is Inter winger Ivan Perisic, who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Spain team news

Alvaro Morata
Morata's form is under scrutiny / Julio Munoz - Pool/Getty Images

With Sergio Busquets back after his positive COVID-19 test, Spain are at full strength for this one, meaning Enrique has a full squad to choose from.

One of the boss' main conundrums involves under-fire striker Alvaro Morata, who has been misfiring horribly so far and has faced some ugly criticism on social media because of it.

Croatia vs Spain predicted lineups

Croatia: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Barisic; Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic.

Spain: Simon; Llorente, Torres, Laporte, Alba; Rodri, Pedri, Koke; Sarabia, Moreno, Olmo.

Croatia vs Spain head-to-head record

Dani Ceballos, Luka Modric
The two sides met in the 2018 Nations League / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

It's surprisingly even in the history books between these two sides. They've faced off just eight times in the past, with Spain winning four and Croatia coming out on top three times.

They've met at each of the last two Euros as well. Spain won 1-0 in the group stage in 2012, before Croatia avenged that with a 2-1 victory at the same stage four years later.

Their last meetings came in the Nations League in 2018. The first game ended in a ridiculous 6-0 mauling from Spain, but Croatia rescued some dignity with a 3-2 win just two months later.

Croatia vs Spain score prediction

Ferran Torres
Spain are favourites for this one / Jose Manuel Vidal - Pool/Getty Images

It's Spain who will decide this one. If they're at their best, they can walk all over Croatia, but a sub-par performance from Enrique's men could see them in a lot of trouble.

Both these sides' strengths lie in midfield, but Spain do have more about them in defence and attack. They should be able to win this one with the creativity they have at their disposal, but it probably won't be easy - Croatia know how to make life tough for any side, and have a quality midfield trio in Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic.

In the end, expect a narrow win for the Spaniards - and don't be surprised if this goes to extra-time either.

Prediction: Croatia 1-2 Spain

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