FIFA’s World Cup Qualifiers draw will be released on Wednesday and, after some quick analysis, we have the details of what will be played in 2018.
Croatia have been knocked out of the 2018 World Cup qualifying group for the first time, with Bosnia-Hazovia (Hazova) advancing to the group stage.
Croatian captain Marcin Bialkowski will be looking to get back on track against the top side in the group and take his team to the World Cup in Russia.
Bialkowski has been a consistent performer in World Cup qualifiers this season, with the Serbian side having beaten the top four teams in the previous round.
Croats have yet to beat the top sides in the World Champions Cup qualifying draw, but they have the opportunity to do so with a victory over Bosnia-herzegowese side in Bialks home city.
The last time Croatia faced the top-four in the qualifiers was back in 2015 and Bosnia- Herzegóri were drawn with Romania in the quarter-finals.
However, Bosnia- Herzegovia were beaten 2-1 in the semi-finals and Bialk was able to come through to the final against the Republic of Ireland.
Bialk is still only 24 and will have the support of his teammates and coach in the Serbian capital, Bratislava, who will be hoping to add a win in front of home fans to his team’s World Championship credentials.
With the draw coming in less than 24 hours, it is likely that Croatia will be facing the likes of France, England and Italy in the first round of qualifiers.
For the third consecutive time, the 2018-2019 season will be a clash between the three teams, with both teams playing in their home stadiums for the final.
Crops latest World Cup draw was drawn in June and saw Bosnia- Hazovians draw with Romania.
In March, Bosnia were drawn against Spain, and in June, Croatia faced Argentina.
Croaks next game is against Albania at the Olympic Stadium on June 24.