Croatia World Cup 2018

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France v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France v Croatia- World Cup 2018
France v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 15th July - 4.00 p.m The showcase match of the 2018 World Cup will be contested on Sunday, a showdown of France v Croatia for the title of World Champions. France are looking for their second World Cup title while the Croatians will be hoping to make the most of this first ever trip to a World Cup Final. Their respective routes through the knockout phase were vastly different with Croatia having done things the hard way. Will they be able to rouse themselves for one last effort as they take on Les Bleus who are favourites to win the World Cup Final 2018?

France News and Form

You can’t really find any fault with the form of France even though their performances haven’t always been spectacular. In their last seventeen games played they have lost just once (W12 D4) and they are currently running on a ten-match undefeated streak. Looking at things realistically, they had a much tougher knockout stage campaign in front of them than Croatia did, but of the two, France were actually the more comfortable. So that says a lot about them. France opened the knockout stage with a 4-3 win over Argentina and then totally shut out Uruguay and Belgium in the subsequent rounds of action. While they flourished against a poor Argentina defence Les Bleus had to be patient in cracking open Uruguay's tight back line. But then the fact that totally shut out the free-scoring Belgium in the semi finals was perhaps their stand out performance of the knockout phase. France have taken four clean sheets in their last five games played now and France to win to nil in Sunday's Final is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia World Cup Final 2018 Infographic

While they looked clinical getting forward against Argentina, albeit not bossing possession in that game, France were more pragmatic against Uruguay and Belgium. To be fair we haven’t seen a great deal of attacking flair from the French apart from the odd spell here and there. But the substance they have had and control in midfield has been good and that was evident in blanking Belgium in that semi final match up, especially with Belgian having torn apart Brazil in their previous game. Antoine Griezmann is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). The French have scored in 14 of their last 15 games and will be expected to find a way through Croatia. They have just produced strong tournament football to get the jobs completed that have been put in front of them. They haven’t had to go through a trial of extra time like Croatia have done and with a day’s extra rest will be the fresher of the two. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have needed extra time in all three of their knockout stage matches at the 2018 World Cup and all that up and that’s the equivalent of them having played an extra knockout stage game. They carded penalty shootout wins over Denmark and then Russia before going up against England in the semi-finals. That was Croatia’s second semi-final appearance and this time they made no mistake, despite having to come from behind as they had to do against Denmark and Russia, to get their rewards. Mario Mandzukic settled the tie in the second period of extra time. Again, they had to come from behind in each of those matches as well, all three of which ended 1-1 at 90 minutes. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a France 1-0 at 9/2 while the 1-1 draw is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Croatia are having a golden generation show at the moment and while they have really been pushed to their physical and mental limits, they have not been broken and indeed produced more stamina than expected against England. After looking so tired in extra time against Russia in the previous round, the general thought was that they wouldn't have the steam in the tank to outlast England in the semi-finals. It wasn’t true as Croatia grew in stature and strength in the second half of that contest. They showed tremendous strength and sprinting to keep on going and with Luka Modric again the star of the show for them he looks a very strong Golden Ball candidate. Croatia are unbeaten in seven games now (W4 D3) which includes extra time and they have scored in each of their last seven games, netting at least two in six of those seven games. So they haven’t been shy in front of goal but in context of the overall quality they have faced in the knockout stage, France are head and shoulders, the best team that they have faced. France are so well organised at the back under 1.5 goals is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia Head to Head

France and Croatia have met five times before with France holding a W3 D2 record against the Croats. Actually, their first ever coming together was at the 1998 World Cup, a game with France won on their way to lifting the title. Their most recent meeting was a 2011 friendly which ended in a draw and the last two meetings have been tied.

France v Croatia Betting Odds*

France 19/20 Draw 23/10 Croatia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.)

France v Croatia Predictions

We have to side with the French in this one and are going to do so with a France to win by a one-goal margin. They have been so strong at the back and should be able to handle themselves against the Croatians who surely have to run out of steam at some point. France have the better of the two benches and can land the title.  
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England v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England - Croatia
England v Croatia Betting Prediction - World Cup 2018 11th July - 7.00 p.m England have exceeded expectations and have booked their place in the final four of the 2018 World Cup. If they were to get through this semi-final challenge now against Croatia England would be celebrating just their second ever World Cup Final appearance. Standing in their way is the technically strong Croatia who have really lived up to their pre-tournament billing of a dark horse. But they only survived again through another penalty shoot-out as they took down host nation Russia in the quarter finals. Our England v Croatia predictions expect a tight scrap.

England News and Form

It has been pretty exciting and fun to have watched England at this World Cup. Their game against Colombia in the round of sixteen was tense and physical, but they got through. Things were a little more sedate and comfortable for England in the quarterfinals as they held themselves together in Samara to collect a 2-0 win over Sweden. After the ups and downs of the game against Colombia, England’s young players performed really well with some composure against Sweden. Granted the quality levels aren’t quite there, but they make up for the lack of that with commitment, determination and energy. Their midfield will likely come under pressure in this one though because that is where Croatia will have a definite advantage over the Three Lions. There have been so many positives from the performances of the Three Lions and can they continue it to get to that World Cup Final? In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1 with an England 1-0 at 11/2* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.). Of them, the draw is tempting.

Croatia v England 2018 Infographic

England were thankful on three notable occasions to Jordan Pickford in their game against Sweden and boss Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the England defenders can see him get a little less action in this one. Pickford thought was outstanding in that game. The clean sheet that he got against Sweden was England’s first of the tournament and it made Pickford the youngest ever England keeper to bank a clean sheet at World cup. Harry Kane didn’t get much of a look in against Sweden, looking a bit gassed at times, but he is still well on course for the Golden Boot and he is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.) for this one. That’s eleven goals in their five games at the tournament so far, the only previous World Cup edition in which England reached that tally was in 1966. The Three Lions have found the back of the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the World Cup, so are certainly clinical when those chances come along. England are now at W4 D1 L1 in their last six games and they have lost just one of their last fifteen. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

It has been a pretty intense run in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup for Croatia who once again had to rely on a penalty shootout to get through. After needing penalties to get past Denmark in the round of sixteen (a game in which Croatia were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes) they had to rely on them again to get past Russia. The host nation continued to defy the poor status they had ahead of the tournament and pushed Croatia hard. Why this is important is that it is not only two extra 30 minute periods that Croatia have now played, but they have had all that extra emotional stress of penalty shoot-outs. Will that take its toll on them as they face up to an energetic England side on Wednesday? Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on July 8th, 2018 at 7:56 pm) as this is a World Cup semi-final. Croatia were fantastic in the group stage, but they haven’t replicated that in the knockout phase yet. There has been a lack of commanding authority from them in the knockouts, despite the strength and quality that they have. Still, they are in the semi finals of the World Cup for the second time having made it to this stage in 1998 when they lost but ended up finishing third. The Croatians are carrying form with a good W4 D2 record in their last six games, but they haven’t managed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last three now. The main bulk of Croatia’s star players probably won’t be back for another World Cup because of age and maybe there are signs of tiring from them. They wouldn’t want this to go to extra time against England’s young side. Croatia have netted at least two goals in five of their last six (extra time included) and without question, they will be the highest-quality starting eleven that England will have faced at this tournament. It hasn’t been plain sailing for them in the knockout stage, but they have quality likes Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and of course Luka Modric. Croatia have lost just the two games since the beginning of September last year. Croatia are 13/10 underdogs To Qualify* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.).

England v Croatia Head to Head

Seven times before England and Croatia have met and England are 4-2 ahead with the one drawn match. England have won the last two meetings between the two countries, which were during 2010 World Cup qualifying, England scoring nine goals in those two games and conceding two. All but two of the previous seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals, six of them producing at least four goals. They have just once in a major tournament, which was at Euro 2004 and England won that game 4-2 with Wayne Rooney getting a brace in the fixture.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 11/8 Draw 21/10 Croatia 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.)

England v Croatia Predictions

We only see this being tight as Croatia are patient and have the stronger midfield of the two. We can see this semi-final tie going beyond ninety minutes. So we are looking at the draw in the match outright. Croatia haven’t played well but are technically strong enough to hold in there and England don’t create enough from open play.  
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Russia v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Dyzuba - Modric (Russia - Croatia)
Russia v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 7th July - 3.00 p.m Surprisingly Russia have created their own success story at the tournament as they caused one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 World Cup by eliminating Spain via a penalty shoot-out in the last round. Can they take a journey step further by seeing off Croatia? Croatia also needed a penalty shootout to make it past their round of 16 tie against Denmark. After looking so very good in the group stage Croatia really looked flat in that round of 16 tie. Still our Russia v Croatia predictions sees the extra quality of Croatia pulling through.

Russia News and Form

So the Russians have arrived in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup totally against the odds. Heading into the tournament there was no expectancy surrounding them as they were simply out of form, not having won in seven games. They opened the 2018 World Cup with back to back wins so qualified for the knockout stage immediately and their final group stage loss against Uruguay didn't matter. But they were drawn against Spain in the first knockout stage and they were heavy underdogs for that game. But they had a simple game plan of parking the bus and it worked. They took their chance in the penalty shootout. To open our Russia v Croatia predictions under 2.5 goals looks an obvious place to go to and that is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). They spent a lot of energy in defending their way to that victory against Spain but the cost of that is that a great deal will have been taken out of them. Russia v Croatia World Cup 2018 Infographic Russia are now W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have collected just the one clean sheet in their last twelve games. They are going as underdogs here once again and it will be interesting to see if they can find the defensive levels against Croatia that they produced against Spain. A both teams not to score option at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) for our Russia v Croatia predictions and that is because we don’t see Russia producing a lot of attacking threat against a well-organised Croatia side. The Russians have taken only three wins in their last twelve games (D4 L5) over 90 minutes and it is average at best opposition that they have beaten. They have only managed to score more than one goal in four of their last twelve matches. Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba are joint 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for them going into this one* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia didn’t quite hit the high quality that they had produced in the group stage as they took on Denmark in the World Cup round of sixteen. They were really conservative and flat and just seemed to totally tighten up. Maybe it was all down to the pressure of the situation but they did get through it. They are the stronger of the two sides going into this quarter-final tie but based on their performance in the last match we are looking at a Croatia 1-0 correct score option at 5/1* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The Croatians are not really going to give up too much at the back and they have kept two clean sheets in their last four games. They are W4 D1 in their last five games played (90 minutes) and they scored at least two goals in each of those four victories in that sequence. But we are suggesting for our Russia v Croatia predictions that this is going to be a tighter, low scoring game and it is not worth looking bigger in the correct score market. This is the quarter finals of a World Cup after all. Croatia are favourites for this game so there will be that extra pressure on them. Luka Modric, with two goals, is their top scorer at the tournament so far and he has been one of the stand out performers of the entire tournament so he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. Mario Mandzukic is at 5/1 in the first goalscorer market for this fixture* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and he got their somewhat lucky goal against Denmark in the last round. Croatia are carrying strong form with eight wins in their last thirteen matches, suffering just the two defeats along the way. In terms of quality, Croatia are head and shoulders above Russia and should be able to control this game from the midfield. They have to step up and be better than they were against Denmark when the key players just didn’t perform. Croatia finished third back in the 1998 World Cup and with the draw ahead, there’s a decent chance that they could get close to at least replicating that. At the time of writing they had been moved into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.

Russia v Croatia Head to Head

This will be just the fourth meeting between Russia and Croatia. The first two meetings were both 0-0 ties which were in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Their other game was a friendly meeting in Russia back in 2015 and Croatia cruised to a 3-1 victory in the game, Mario Mandzukic getting Croatia’s last goal.

Russia v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 5/4 Draw 21/10 Russia 29/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:13 p.m.)

Russia v Croatia Predictions

Russia were pretty much out on their feet in the extra time of their tie against Spain and that is because they just sat back and had so much defensive work to do. They would likely be chasing the ball a lot in this game to as Croatia can stroke it around. We are backing for our Russia v Croatia predictions the hosts to eventually run out of steam and Croatia to edge their way through to the final four.  
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Croatia v Denmark Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Croatia v Denmark- World Cup 2018
Croatia v Denmark Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 1st July - 7.00 p.m So far at the 2018 World Cup, Croatia have been one of the most impressive sides. They really confirmed their status of being a dark horse at the event when they produced a stunning 3-0 victory over Argentina and they were such good value for money for that victory. They get to take on fellow Europeans Denmark for a place in the quarter-finals and for our Croatia v Denmark predictions we see more success ahead for Croatia.

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have looked strong at Russia 2018 and are going to be a force to be reckoned with. They secured a good opening 2-0 win over Nigeria and then went even better as they collected a 3-0 win over Argentina. That was a mightily impressive success for Croatia and no one could deny their dark course status after that. Croatia round out the group with a 2-1 win over Iceland, conceding in the penalty spot. So they almost got the job done with three clean sheets and they have looked organised a strong at the back, and they have helped out so much by a very strong midfield. The reason they look so good against Argentina was because of how brilliant they were in the midfield area where they dominated. More of the same could be on the way and Croatia to win to nil is a 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.) and makes for one of our top Croatia v Denmark betting tips. Luka Modric has been one of the stars of the 2018 World Cup so far and because of his form he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market 4/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). That is a pretty good price to consider the way that he is playing. Croatia are now on a four-match winning streak, conceding just two goals in that sequence and one of those was from the penalty spot. It would not be a tremendous surprise if this fixture ended up under 2.5 goals, especially as they are going up against such a good Denmark defence. One of our top betting tips for Croatia v Denmark is under 2.5 goals at 19/40 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Denmark News and Form

Denmark are on a good unbeaten streak of form and they were always going to be in with a good chance of qualifying for the round of 16 from their group. They finished second behind France in Group C following a 1-0 win over Peru and a 1-1 draw against Australia. That set them up for a potential group winning performance against France in their final group stage game, but that was just one of those muted non-events where both sides looked as if they were happy to settle for a nil-nil draw right from the off. Just like Croatia, Denmark, the only goal conceded at this tournament has come from the penalty spot. That is another indication that this will be a low scoring match up. Both teams not to score is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.). Denmark have huge strength and quality in defence and have remarkably picked up nine clean sheets in their last 11 games, conceding just two. That is some immense form that Denmark have produced and it has helped them remain undefeated in that run of 11 games winning five of them. They have drawn four of their last six so they are just struggling to find their winning touch. The half-time draw at bet365 is going to be worth a look for your betting options because the Danes will stick at their task and be in this. Punters will have to wonder if Denmark have enough quality going forward to outscore their opponents in this one because they are far from being a prolific side. Christian Eriksen and Yussuf Poulsen have shared Denmark last four goals with two each.

Croatia v Denmark Head to Head

Croatia and Denmark have met five times before and the head to head it is even with two wins each. Their most recent meeting was way back in 2004 with Croatia taking a 2-1 victory. Croatia v Denmark World Cup 2018 Infographic

Croatia v Denmark Betting Odds*

Croatia 17/20 Draw 12/5 Denmark 21/5 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2018 at 5:32 p.m.)

Croatia v Denmark Predictions

We do not see Croatia slipping up in this all-European tie. Their midfield continues to look very impressive and because Denmark are not a particularly potent threat going forward for our Croatia v Denmark prediction we are going with a Croatia to win to nil option. They can get the job done comfortably.  
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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 World Cup 2018 Infographic

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.  
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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.  
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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.   
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