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Real Madrid star Modric expected to start against Malta – Croatian media

Real Madrid star Luka Modric is expected to captain his Croatia national team from the start in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Malta at the National Stadium, according to Croatian media.

The 2018 Ballon D’Or winner was in doubt for this game due to a virus that forced to him to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga fixture against Rayo Vallecano, last weekend.

In the build-up for this game, coach Zlatko Dalic had said that should Modric recover in time for this game, he would definitely be in the starting formation as he does not want any complacency from his team despite facing 173rd-ranked Malta.

He is expected to be partnered by Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic in a two-man midfield behind the attacking quarter which is expected to include Ivan Perisic, also of Inter, and Mario Pasalic of Atalanta.

Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric is tipped to start as the sole forward in the 4-2-3-1.

Croatia’s expected starting formation:

D. Livakovic; B. Sosa, J. Guardiol, D. Caleta-Car, J. Juranovic; M. Brozovic, L. Modric; I. Perisic, M. Pasalic, L. Majer; A. Kramaric.

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