Iceland v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Croatia to melt Iceland's hopes

Iceland v Croatia- World Cup 2018

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Group D has produced some of the most exciting matches at the 2018 World Cup so far and we are hoping that continues. Croatia have six points on the board and with such a good goal difference they are likely to end up as group winners. Iceland have to win this game and hope things in the Nigeria v Argentina goes their way as well.

Iceland News and Form

Iceland will be feeling the heat in this one because only a win sets them up with a chance of moving through to the next round. That would be some performance if they could pull it off. After their brilliant 1-1 draw with Argentina in their opening group stage fixture, things fell apart for them in a 2-0 defeat against Nigeria and that will have been a hammer blow of a result for Iceland. If they could have won that and it was looking like their easiest game of the group, then they would have one huge foot in the round of 16. As it stands now everything is out of their own control. They have to win this and hope that Nigeria fail to beat Argentina. If Nigeria and Argentina draws then it will boil down to goal difference.

You get the feeling that all of their good work against Argentina may end up being for nothing and that is such a shame for them. Iceland are not a team in form because they have taken just one victory in their last nine games played. They have suffered four defeats in their last six so they are going to have two shake all of that off and go for broke in this one. The big problem for Iceland is that they have been struggling for clean sheets because they haven’t managed one in any of their last nine games played. They are taking on such a good Croatia side in this one and the defensive frailties are going to be a huge concern. For our Iceland v Croatia prediction we are going with both teams not to score option at 4/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.).

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Croatia News and Form

Croatia have arguably been the best side of the group stage campaign so far, as they have rattled off five unanswered goals. Their display in their big 3-0 win over Argentina was just so impressive. That came after their 2-0 win over Nigeria. Their midfield is so good and it has been dominating their games for them. They have such quality in the middle of the park and Luka Modric has come up with a goal in both games so far for them, so he is worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. Mathematically they need a point out of this to secure top spot, but that’s not likely to even be a factor at the end of the day. Even if they lost this it would need Nigeria to bang a few goals past Argentina for Croatia not the hold on to the top spot, such is their big goal difference advantage. At the end of the day then Croatia can coast a little bit in this one and save themselves for the knockout phase. They are good enough to keep Iceland at bay and under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.).

Iceland v Croatia Head to Head

Croatia and Iceland were together in World Cup 2018 qualification and they traded home wins with a clean sheet during the campaign. Iceland won that qualification group ahead of Croatia. In the last four meetings, both teams have not scored in a match and overall in the head-to-head between Iceland and Croatia it is Croatia who are 4-1 ahead with one drawn game. During those previous meetings, Croatia have conceded just two goals in total.

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Iceland v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 11/8
Draw 12/5
Iceland 9/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)

Iceland v Croatia Predictions

We have highlighted the threat of Croatia before the tournament and we are going to stick with them completing the job of winning all three of the group stage matches. Iceland really missed the boat in their second fixture and against a confident Croatia side are likely to miss out. Croatia to win to nil is our top betting tip.