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Iceland v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Iceland v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Iceland v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June - 7.00 p.m 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.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

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.

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.  

Argentina v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Argentina v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 21st June - 7.00 p.m (Full time: 0:3 - goals: Rebic 53', Modric 80', Raketic 90+1') Argentina are now going to be severely tested. They came up short in their opener against Iceland as they had to settle for a draw and what we saw from the Albiceleste in qualification, was evident in that game. They just lack a serious threat going forward and there are clear vulnerabilities in their defence. Croatia have the chance to go out and rough them up a bit and three points for the Europeans would put them through to the next round of the competition. That’s a huge incentive and our Argentina v Croatia predictions can see value in backing the Europeans.

Argentina News and Form

Argentina are going to feel the pressure of needing to win this fixture. They could only manage that 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener and against such a well organised defence, Argentina looked to have run out of ideas quickly in how to break them down. They were very static and had no injection of pace unless it was Lionel Messi picking the ball up deep. Messi missed a chance to open his account for the tournament from the penalty spot. Now they have to try and lift themselves for another tough challenge as Croatia will have no problems challenging them. This was always going to be a tight group and now Argentina have a little bit of work to do. Under 2.5 goals for the game is at 13/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) as the Albiceleste don’t look like running riot in front of goal and this should be a really closely fought contest. Lionel Messi didn’t really get much space in which to work against Iceland but the Barcelona man is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for this one. It was Sergio Aguero who got their opener, netting his first ever World Cup goal for his country, but he was barely in the game besides that. Argentina are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games so they aren’t quite on top of their game and one of those two wins happened against Haiti. The two wins in that run of games were both with a clean sheet though, so if they concede they have been prone to not winning games. Croatia will pose a threat and both teams to score in this one is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). They just don’t quite look organised, or if they know just what their best side or their best set up is. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia opened their World Cup account with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and that was a good start in a tricky fixture. They got their three points and that is three victories that they have collected in their last four games. Croatia will pose a different challenge to Argentina because they will get the ball in the middle of the park whereas Iceland just sat back. That is an area where Croatia will be able to compete strongly. Croatia have scoring threats, notably through Mario Mandzukic who is an 11/4 anytime goalscorer option with Andrej Kramaric at 10/3 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). Given that Croatia have a bit of a cushion of those three points, a draw in this one wouldn’t be a bad result for them as it would leave them in a good position and a couple of points clear of Argentina. A win for them though will leave them primed to win the group. A Croatia/Draw Double Chance is great value at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Argentina v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting between Argentina and Croatia and the South Americans hold a W2 L1 lead. Their first ever clash was a World Cup fixture when they met in 1998, which is their only previous competitive meeting. Argentina collected a 1-0 win on that occasion. The other two meetings were both settled by a one-goal margin as well.

Argentina v Croatia Betting Odds*

Argentina evens Draw 12/5 Croatia 10/3 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)

Argentina v Croatia Predictions

Argentina, despite all of their talent, looked flat in that opener against Iceland and lacked pace, movement and confidence. Croatia came through a tricky opener successfully and they are going to be value in Argentina v Croatia predictions in backing for a Croatia/Draw Double Chance. They have the chance to make a big statement here.  

Croatia v Nigeria Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Croatia v Nigeria- World Cup 2018
Croatia v Nigeria Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 16th June - 8.00 p.m (Full time: 2:0 - goals: Etebo 32' (OG), Modric 71' (P)) Croatia have been labelled as being a dark horse Russia 2018 and this action is coming from the competitive Group D which also houses Argentina and Iceland. Croatia are going to need to make a strong start to play up to their billing. Nigeria just seen their form fall away ahead of the tournament and so we will be interesting to see if they can shake that off and cause some kind an upset here. Here are our Croatia v Nigeria predictions.

Croatia News and Form

In trying to pick out some dark horses for the 2018 World Cup, Croatia look as if they should be top of the list. They don’t actually look a bad option to go and beat Argentina to win Group D outright. Ahead of their big game against Argentina, which will be their second fixture, Croatia will want to have three points on the board going into that. Croatia are doing okay with their form having won five of their last nine, losing just two of those. They faced African opponents on the weekend in their final warm-up fixture as they took a 2-1 win over Senegal. Croatia have only won two of their last five fixtures though and have just been struggling in front of goal. For our Croatia v Nigeria predictions running as one of our key options is under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). That does have pretty good appeal as Croatia have failed to hit the back of the net in three of their last five games played. The real strengths of Croatia lie in the middle of the pitch with a fantastic high-quality midfield, and they will look to their main man Mario Mandzukic for goals and he is the 8/5 odds favourite in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Croatia did not actually manage to win their World Cup 2018 qualification group, finishing second behind Iceland who they will meet again in Group D. They eased their way past Greece in the World Cup qualifying play-off round and they should be competitive at the World Cup, with a lot of their players plying their trade at top European clubs. Croatia have only conceded more than one goal on two occasions in their last nine games so it’s hard to see Nigeria tearing them apart. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Nigeria News and Form

So in our predictions for Nigeria v Croatia we aren’t expecting the scoreboard be ticking over on a regular basis. Croatia do look better of the two nations and they are favourites to win this, but with their lack of goal output it may well be worth considering Croatia to win by a one-goal margin at 12/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken  on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). The Super Eagles have seen their form fall away ahead of the World Cup, which is pretty poor timing. They can be forgiven for their 2-1 defeat against England at the beginning of June, but then their follow-up lost against the Czech Republic is not a result that bodes well for them in having to take on Croatia who are a much higher quality opponent. Nigeria have come up with only two goals in their last four fixtures, which for Croatia v Nigeria predictions again indicates that goals may be at a premium. You can consider both teams not to score option at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and that looks like a pretty reasonable option. At the end of the day, Nigeria may not be able to hold themselves together at the back because they have only managed to earn one clean sheet in their last eight games, with defeats coming in four of those. So based on their current form which has seen them lose three of their last four games, it looks as if the Super Eagles are going to have a hard time working their way into this fixture. Getting enough quality ball off of Croatia is going to be a tough task in and of itself.

Croatia v Nigeria Head to Head

This Group D meeting at the 2018 World Cup will be the first ever competitive match-up between Croatia and Nigeria.

Croatia v Nigeria Betting Odds*

Croatia 8/11 Draw 27/10 Nigeria 19/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)

Croatia v Nigeria Predictions

We like the setup for Croatia have and they have a good enough midfield to control this game and drive forward to collect three points. The Nigerians are blowing just a little cold have the moment and although they will have patches of competitiveness, our Croatia v Nigeria predictions suggest that Croatia can win by a one-goal margin.   

The best match bets of the World Cup group stage

World Cup 2018 Betting
We look at the first round of World Cup group fixtures and seek out the best possible value. The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday 14 June, with Russia clashing with Saudi Arabia and we’re casting our eye over the first round of group games to hunt out the best value. The Russians are a terrible price to win this curtain-raiser considering they have a low FIFA ranking, although there are some better odds over the coming days should you want to strike some bets. URUGUAY look a decent shout at 4/7 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) for the other Group A opener if the South American side can tame Mohamed Salah and his Egyptian teammates. La Celeste have * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) in attack and will be out to make this a successful tournament in an easy section. The Uruguayans * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.)in the CONMEBOL qualifying section and Oscar Tabarez has a wealth of experience within the ranks, while there are* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.)coming through. * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) on 15 June when they face Portugal in their Group B opener. While the European champions will play defensively, the* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to create chances and get an early three points on the board. An eye-catching * (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) suggests that La Roja could be the team to beat this summer and there’s a bunch of midfield playmakers who can keep the ball and make life difficult. ICELAND are 8/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to beat Argentina in their Group D opener, with the European side looking to nullify Lionel Messi and the other dangerous forwards, with a potential shock on the cards for the European team. The Icelanders play with no fear and will consider the opener as the best time to be facing La Albiceleste who have well-documented defensive problems. CROATIA are a 17/20 poke with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 5th, 2018 at 2:19 a.m.) to beat Nigeria and there could be a gulf in class between the two teams, with the former likely to dominate the ball in midfield and it could see them come through comfortably. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are particularly adept at controlling the game and their experiences for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively provide a big advantage. SERBIA also look a big shout to overcome Costa Rica in the Group E curtain-raiser, with the Serbs likely to have a big following in Russia and they have an experienced spine of players which can help them enjoy a winning start. World Cup 2018 Outright Winner Odds*
  • Brazil 4/1
  • Germany 9/2
  • Spain 6/1
  • France 13/2
  • Argentina 9/1
  • Belgium 11/1
  • England 16/1
  • Portugal 25/1
  • Uruguay 28/1
  • Croatia 33/1
  • Colombia 40/1
  • Russia 40/1
  • Poland 66/1
  • Switzerland 100/1
  • Denmark 100/1
  • Mexico 100/1
  • Sweden 150/1
  • Bar 200/1
* (Betting Odds taken at 4:07 p.m. on June 4th, 2018)

Croatia v Senegal Predictions & Betting Odds – 8th June 2018

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Croatia v Senegal Betting Preview International Friendly - 8th June 2018 5.00 p.m. Both Croatia and Senegal are heading to the 2018 World Cup and both of them have some tough games ahead of them to deal with. Croatia had a really good workout on the weekend as they went up against Brazil and while they did lose their friendly, they did apply themselves well. Senegal are a resilient side but will be looking to discover a bit of scoring form ahead of their World Cup appearance.

Croatia v Senegal Betting Tips

It was a good workout that Croatia had on their hands when they took on Brazil over the weekend. Even though they ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline they acquitted themselves pretty well and weren't afraid to get a bit physical. Croatia will be taking on Argentina in their group stage at the 2018 World Cup and they may need that bit of extra edge about them to compete there. They will also face Iceland and Nigeria at the World Cup. One of the big strengths of Croatia is their midfield which is strong, experienced and talented. They will be just a little bit worried about the lack of goals which they have collectively produced recently, as Croatia have come up with just the one goal in their last four fixtures (W1 D1 L2). So is not been for a great and it does make sense to look under 2.5 goals at bet 365 for 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:22 p.m. on June 4th, 2018). Looking at their opponents though, Senegal haven't been great in front of goal themselves so it could be worth considering Croatia, who are the better of the two, to get a win to nil. With that in mind a Croatia 1-0 option in the bet 365 correct score market is at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:22 p.m. on June 4th, 2018). Senegal could only manage a 0-0 draw against Luxembourg on the weekend as they kicked off their final World Cup preparations. They can’t have been overly happy with that really and following this game against Croatia they will face South Korea before heading to the World Cup. Senegal have drawn each of their last three games and are on a great run of eleven matches without defeat. They are only W4 D7 in that unbeaten streak though and have scored just the one goal in their last three games which have all been drawn fixtures against Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Luxembourg. Senegal have to take on Poland, Columbia and Japan in Group H at the 2018 World Cup, and if they were to get through to the next round they will be playing more likely than not, either England or Belgium in the round of 16. Given their lack of production in their recent friendly matches, it is hard to see how they are going to have a huge impact in this or the World Cup.

Croatia v Senegal Betting Odds*

Croatia 3/4 Draw 12/5 Senegal 4/1 * (Betting Odds taken at 10:22 p.m. on June 4th, 2018)

Croatia v Senegal Predictions

It is probably worth looking at Croatia to get the win on the board in this one and they can do so with a clean sheet as well. They competed well against Brazil and will still be a good dark horse threat at the World Cup with the talent that they have in their ranks.

Brazil v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – 3rd June 2018

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Brazil v Croatia Betting Preview - 3rd June 2018 Neymar is back in training for Brazil but isn’t 100% fit after surgery for his broken metatarsal. That hasn’t stopped Brazil from being a frontrunner to win the World Cup in the summer and this will be a good warm up workout for them at Anfield. Croatia will be heading to the World Cup in the summer as one of the strong dark horse contenders and it will be interesting to see how they handle the Selecao.

Brazil v Croatia Betting Tips

Reports point to Neymar be back in training for Brazil after his broken foot but naturally with so much time away from the game over the last couple months, he is not 100% fit. How hard do Brazil push to try and get him fully fit for the tournament? They will probably try and get him some minutes in this one because the more they get him into action the better they will be at the World Cup. Brazil are in form at the moment and in the March international break they recorded a good 3-0 win over World Cup host nation Russia before producing a 1-0 victory over the reigning World Champions Germany. Brazil actually look considerably stronger than they were in their 2014 World Cup campaign and with Neymar still on the mend, there should be a great opportunity ahead for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus who is going to be a good anytime goalscorer option at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 11:31 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) for this fixture. Brazil have posted a W4 D2 record in their last six games and in three of those four wins they scored exactly 3 goals in each. Croatia will probably give them a good stern test, especially in the middle of the park and over 2.5 goals at even money odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:31 p.m. on May 28th, 2018).

Brazil v Croatia 2018 Infographic

Croatia are one of the World Cup 2018 dark horses and at the tournament, in the group stage, they will be facing tough South American opposition in the form of Argentina. So this will be a good workout for them, even though Brazil are far more of an attacking menace than Argentina. Croatia are carrying a bit of form as well with just one defeat in their last six games (W3 D2). They took a 1-0 win over Mexico in their last international friendly and they are a side with plenty of attacking talent in midfield and up front. The balance of their defence probably isn’t quite as good so it is reasonable to assume that they will concede under the weight of Brazil’s fantastic attack. As this is on neutral ground, it may be worth backing both teams to score at bet365 which is at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:31 p.m. on May 28th, 2018) because after all it is a friendly and the Europeans do have their flashes of brilliance. From the three previous meetings are Brazil and Croatia have had, it is the South Americans who are 2-1 ahead. Four years ago they faced each other at the 2014 World Cup with Brazil taking a 3-1 victory.

Brazil v Croatia Betting Odds*

Brazil 1/2, Draw 14/5, Croatia 13/2* (Betting Odds taken from bet365 at 5:04 a.m. on May 28th, 2018)

Brazil v Croatia Predictions

Brazil can get the win in this one, even though they won’t have a fully fit Neymar. Their squad looks really good and full of threats all over the pitch. Croatia are no mugs though and should scrap well, so back Brazil to win by just the one goal margin.

World Cup 2018 Croatia Betting – Chances, Odds & Group Fixtures

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Croatia's chances at the World Cup 2018 If you are looking down the list of potential dark horses at the 2018 World Cup then it would be hard to look past the challenge of Croatia. Even though they are not going to draw too much attention to them in the outright winner betting market coming in at a price of 33/1 to win the event outright* (betting odds taken on May 20th, 2018 at 7:04 p.m.), it leaves them as a tempting each way option. They have great potential they have a lot of quality running through their midfield for certain and are more than capable of pulling off a surprise or two. They could even potentially pull off a massive one in the group stage as they will be challenging the out of form Argentina for top spot there. A place in the quarter-finals would probably be deemed a huge success for the country. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia World Cup 2018 Fixtures - Group Stage

Croatia landed themselves in that all interesting group D which also contains Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria. That is a tremendously competitive group with such variety in opposition that it is going to need some adaptability. Croatia opens their account on Saturday, June 16 when they take on Nigeria and in what could be a tight group, it is going to be vitally important for the European side to get off to a winning start. Croatia are actually 4/5 odds-on favourite* (betting odds taken on May 20th, 2018 at 7:04 p.m.) to win the opening game of theirs. Then comes their big challenge and the game on which their top-spot hopes could hinge as they meet Argentina, who are the group favourites, on Thursday, June 21. Argentina had some major problems through qualification and they haven’t produced much form at all over the last two years. So that could give Croatia a decent chance of pushing the South Americans hard in a game which may well be a group decider. Croatia are 14/5 second favourites* (betting odds taken on May 20th, 2018 at 7:04 p.m.) behind the South Americans to win group D at Russia 2018. Winning that game could be huge for Croatia but they certainly look as if they could hold their own. Croatia and Argentina have met three times before with Argentina holding a 2-1 advantage from the head-to-head. One of those meetings was at the 1998 World Cup with Argentina collecting a 1-0 victory. Croatia will finish off their campaign against Iceland, who they competed against during World Cup 2018 qualification, finishing second in their group to the Icelanders. During those World Cup qualifiers the two sides traded home wins but in the recent head to head it has been mostly Croatia on top. From the six previous meetings between Croatia and Iceland, it is Iceland who trails 1-4 against Croatia with just the one drawn game between them. Croatia have never met their are other group opponents Nigeria before.

Croatia Stage of Elimination

So how far can Croatia go at the 2018 World Cup? They have a pretty solid chance of getting out of the group and as far as we can see, they have a good chance of winning it against an out-of-sorts Argentina. So Croatia will probably be lining up in the round of 16 and there they would face a team from Group C which contains France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark. The obvious tough challenger would be France which is why it could be all-important for Croatia to actually win Group E and avoid them. Things toughen up more down the line of course, because if Croatia were to win their group they could potentially meet up with Spain in the quarter-finals, where if they finish second in the group they would have to get through France most likely before meeting somebody like Uruguay or Portugal in the quarter-finals. Croatia are in a challenging group but there’s enough room for them to get through to the knockout stages at the very least and then you are realistically looking at a round of 16 or a quarter-final exit for Croatia. Croatia going home in the round of 16 is a 13/8 odds while they are 9/2* (betting odds taken on May 20th, 2018 at 7:04 p.m.) to go home at the quarters.

Croatia Top Goalscorer

Croatia are naturally going to need some firepower to get through the group so where is that going to come from? The shortest-priced option in the Croatia top goalscorer market for World Cup 2018 betting is Mario Mandzukic at 2/1 odds with bet365. The main options behind him are Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic and Andrej Kramaric. Mandzukic was Croatia’s top goalscorer in World Cup qualification with five goals.

Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, bar 40/1* (Betting Odds taken at 5:27 p.m. on May 16th, 2018)


prediction group win world cup 2018Croatia are a pretty big price to go and get the title win at the World Cup 2018, however they are a tremendous dark horse prospect. Just because of how poor Argentina have been over the last couple of years, Croatia can make a serious challenge to win Group D. That would put them through to, more likely than not, an easy enough round of 16 tie against Denmark. There is so much quality in the centre of the park for Croatia and they aren't short of goals either, that we are backing them to get that done and therefore a quarter-final stage of elimination at 9/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on May 20th, 2018 at 7:04 p.m.) could well return a nice bit of value as a surprise.

Reliable stats (part 2)

Betting Advice

Reliable Homes.
Outstanding in this field is the Norway Div 1. Here the Home win percentage is over 57%. They also tend to have plenty of goals in their games. With three out of five going OVER 2.5 goals. The average goals per game is 2.7.
These figures would suggest teams with a good home record, especially those that tend to score for fun, should be part of  any HOMES strategy.
Aways are slightly better than draws @ 23.5%. The 19.3% of drawn games include just NINE goal-less draws. That's little better than 7% of the games played. Ideal for those who like to LAY 0 - 0 scores. 
Next in line is the Croatia 1. HNL.
Here the Home advantage is 53.3%. goals are also plentiful here, too. An Average of 2.65 per game with 50.3 games going OVERS.
Followed by Romania Liga 1. Here 53.1 of games are home wins. However defences would appear to have the upper hand. Goals per games are only 2.31 and 61.6% of games go UNDER.       
Czech Gambrinus is the next in the list of Good Homes.
Their winning percentage is a tick short of 53%. Given that their draw returns is almost 27% those of you who have a liking for DOUBLE CHANCE bets are looking at an overall figure just a couple of ticks short of 80%. A good base to work from.
Here again defences appear to hold the upper hand. 57.5% of games ending UNDER 2.5 goals. Average goals per game being 2.42. 
ICELAND DIV 1. This seems to be a league were goals are there for the taking.  However just  52.2% percent of games go to the home side but the draw average is well below par. Form seems to work out pretty well. Where home teams are quoted at less than 2.00, they have a winning percentage of 67%. (19/28). Away figures are almost identical at 66.7% (6/9).
It's the goals figures that are interesting. Four and five goals a game are plentiful. With the odd six or seven and even an eight.
It does appear that a home team that can score goals regularly are a good bet. The down side will be, of course, that the price on offer may well be a little cramped.     
Drawn games are few and far between and GOAL-LESS draws are much more of a rarity. Under 4.5% ending goal-less. Laying the draw would seem to be a choice here, if you can find some IN-PLAY games. 
Amongst the "Big Leagues" Italy's Serie "A" comes out best on the HOMES front. At 50.5% they are almost 2% better than their Spanish counterparts.
As we have come to expect, goals can be scarce in many Italian games.
However there are quite a few games that go the other way, as the goals per game average of 2.6 shows us.
With a draw percentage of 25% away sides are just about able to claim one win in four games.      
As expected, UNDERS is king here, with 54.2% of games ending that way.
4.2 % of games ended GOAL-LESS. In fact, 101 games featured less than TWO goals. That's a little over 26.5%.
SERIE "B" is even tighter. 44.2% homes and 31.6% draws. Aways don't quite make 25%..Unders are more "popular" as can be expected, at 57.6%. Average goals-per-games is fairly low too, at 2.39.
THE PREMIERSHIP, is as we can all testify, a very tight affair.
Homes and Aways totalling almost 75%. That leaves Draws at the long-ago expeced figure of 25%.
Goals per-game are fairly low at 2.48 so as expected UNDERS is on the high side at 52.1%.
Goal scoring seems to be the main problem, especially for away sides. In a touch over 70% of games, they failed to score more than ONE goal.
Home sides weren't very much better. They managed to score THREE or more goals on only sixty three occasions. there were forty-two goal-less draws out of ninety-seven draws.
What conclusions can be drawn from these stats is hard to say.
Caution must be the watchword.  
THE CHAMPIONSHIP is said to be the hardest English league to gain promotion from. The stats actually bear this out.
Homes 43.3% Aways 27.4% and Draws 29.3%. There's nothing n these figures to give any kind of indication for building a strategy around.
Approximately 70% of HOME wins are 1 - 0, 2 - 0 or 2 - 1. May be something here for Correct Score enthusiasts. However be aware. From what I've seen, any set of scores may tend to "bunch". This bunching effect
could work against you just as easily as for you.
UNDERS are 54.7% and average goals per game, 2.45.  
LEAGUE 1. has a pretty dismal HOME WIN record. Just 42.8%. However the AWAY figure is quite high 32.4%. Average goals per game is high too, 2.75.
Overs is good as well at 51.6%.
For me, this is a league to leave alone.
LEAGUE 2. Has an even worse HOME record than it's " big brother". Just 41.3% Home wins. However it does have a better DRAW return @ 29.5 It is in the Top Twelve in the Table. Two "ticks" about The Championship in thirteenth place.
Here again, I'd be more than happy to sit back and check the results, rather than try and forecast them.  
All stats are for last season, except where Summer Leagues (Scandinavian, South American etc, which are "as is") are concerned.


Greece v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – 12th November 2017

Modric (Croatia)
Greece v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 12th November This tie is pretty much done and dusted now with Croatia holding a commanding lead now after landing a 4-1 victory in the first leg on Thursday night. They can make the trip to Greece now on cruise control pretty much and they have such a big lead and made the Greeks look so ordinary in that first match up, that this almost has the feeling of being a dead rubber. It’s unlikely Greece are going do anything near enough to win this game by enough to reach Russia 2018. Greece v Croatia 2017 Infographic

Greece v Croatia Betting Tips

Greece have little chance of making it through to the World Cup next summer. They were torn apart in Zagreb on Thursday night, their plans to keep things tight failing miserably thanks to the quality of Croatia and some woeful defending of their own. Never before has a team managed to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit in a World Cup play off either so history is against them. They were made to look extremely poor and lacking in quality against Croatia in the first leg. But as a positive, they do actually hold an unbeaten record from their three previous home games against Croatia with a W2 D1 record from those three. They only suffered the one home loss in the group stage of qualification as well in putting up a W2 D2 L1 record and even if they were going to put a win on the board on the night in the second leg, it is highly unlikely it would be by a big enough margin to get through this and reach Russia 2018. Greece have actually won just one of their last five games on home soil (competitive and friendly). The shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market for the game is the 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a Croatia 1-0 at 6/1. Croatia really just have to take things easy and play this scenario out and therefore under 2.5 goals with bet365 has to be a good option at a price of 3/4. Croatia realistically have the tie won already and they are arguably the best team in the playoffs as well as they showed that on Thursday night with their quality and attacking intent. Greece frankly didn’t help themselves though as the produced some comical defending at times but that was because they were under so much pressure from the Croats. Mario Mandzukic is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match. Croatia have actually lost two of their last three competitive away games (W1 L2) so haven’t been in the greatest of road form recently. The defeats were against Turkey and Iceland in the group stage of World Cup qualifying. From their seven previous games that these two have played out, things are even with two wins each and three draws. Croatia are likely going to close this out easily and Croatia to win to nil at bet365 is a price of 5/2.

Greece v Croatia Betting Odds

Croatia 21/20, Draw 12/5, Greece 5/2

Greece v Croatia Predictions

Croatia to win: The Croats are in full control of this tie now and can coast. Even though they don’t have to break a sweat in this one, the more Greece try and at least make the aggregate receivable, Croatia can pick them off even more.

Croatia v Greece Predictions & Betting Odds – 9th November 2017

Rakitic (Croatia)

Croatia v Greece Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 Qualifiers 9th November

So all of the nerves and tension that are associated with the World Cup qualifying play offs will be on show on Thursday. Croatia, who left it until their final group game to book the second place in their group behind Iceland, get home advantage for the first leg of this play off tie. It will be a tough one for the Greeks as well because the Croats rarely give much away on home soil and Greece aren’t exactly renowned for their attacking power. Will the visitors be able to hang on with something to fight for in the second leg?

Croatia v Greece Betting Tips

After finishing as runners up in Group I of World Cup qualification, Croatia just about got there with a win away in the Ukraine in their final group stage match. So they handled the pressure well and the Croatians banked a 2-0 win in an awkward game. The Croats remained unbeaten on home soil in their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign, putting up a W3 D2 record and really aside from a 6-0 win at Kosovo, they struggled for goals in the group, netting only fifteen in their ten games and overall eight of those were in their two games against Kosovo. All five of their qualifiers at home saw less than three goals and under 2.5 goals at bet365 fetches a good price of 8/13. Croatia have conceded just once in their last four home games. Mario Mandzukic is the 11/10 anytime goalscorer favourite.

Croatia vs Greece 2017 Infographic

The last time that Croatia and Greece were paired up was in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and Greece took four points from those two meetings thanks to a home win. Each of the previous three home games that Croatia have played against Greece have ended in a draw though. Greece actually edges the head to head 2-1 over Croatia with three draws played out. But even though Croatia are winless in four now against the Greeks, of the two at the moment they do look the stronger side. Both teams not to score at 8/15 with bet365 will favour the defensive output of the Croats in this one and a Croatia to win to nil wager at bet365 may return some decent appeal at a price of 4/5. Seven of Greece’s last ten games have produced fewer than three goals. Greece finished runners up to Belgium, a long way back on points, but they only shipped the six qualification goals which was the same amount as which Belgium conceded. They were nowhere near of course, matching Belgium's output going forward. Greece are unbeaten in their last seven road games, staying unbeaten away from home in qualification which involved some tricky games, notably at Belgium. Greece have been trailing at half time just once in their last 19 games and they are an organised side and so a half time draw at bet365 looks a decent way to go at 6/5. Greece will be trying to win against a Croatia side who haven’t lost at home in over four years, so this is a tough ask of them. But the Greeks did concede in three of their five away games in the group, notably at Cyprus and Gibraltar and that just hints that even though they are pretty organised, Croatia may have the quality to create enough to win this.

Croatia v Greece Betting Odds

Croatia 1/3, Draw 10/3, Greece 11/1

Croatia v Greece Predictions

Croatia to win: With plenty of clean sheets on home soil recently, Croatia can be confidently backed to go out and win to nil in this one. The Greeks have struggled for wins in their recent form and can take a narrow lead in this play off.