Croatia World Cup 2018

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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.