Russia vs Croatia Betting Tip
Russia vs Croatia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Many fans believe it is good for the tournament if the hosts can stay involved for as long as possible. The 2018 World Cup was being written off in that respect as Russia were given little hope of getting beyond the Round of 16 but they have beaten the odds to reach the quarter-final. With a world class midfield at their disposal, Croatia were strongly fancied as a potential outsider to lift the World Cup this summer. Their group looked tough with Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland but Croatia have been strong enough to come through and reach the last eight.
Russia has come together as one to support their team and they players have responded magnificently. At the beginning of the tournament the fans did not appear to have much faith in the players but this has grown as the competition has developed and they now share a belief they could do the unthinkable and reach the final. Croatia know they have the superior talent in this game and if they can perform to their best, should have enough to win the game. However, the Spanish players would have been thinking the same thing and Croatia cannot afford to be complacent against a team who are high on confidence.
Russia secured their place in the Round of 16 with a match to spare thanks to good wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However, they came unstuck against Uruguay and lost 3-0 in their final group game. This left them with little hope of defeating Spain but a penalty saw the hosts level the match at 1-1 and they packed the defence to hold on until full-time and penalties. Russia held their nerve to win the shootout and dump Spain out of the tournament.
Croatia were handed a difficult group but won all three of their games impressively to progress to the Round of 16 with a 100% record. The 3-0 win over Argentina was the standout performance and saw Croatia enter the knockout stages high on confidence. However, they fell behind early in the game but found an equaliser almost immediately. The tactics of Denmark caused Croatia problems and they could not get a grip of the game. Having missed a penalty in extra-time, Croatia won the match on penalties in dramatic fashion.
Russia vs Croatia Head to Head
Russia and Croatia have met 3 times, with two games ending level and Croatia picking up the only win. They last met in a friendly game in 2015 and Croatia won 3-1 in Russia. Marcelo Brozovic and Mario Mandzukic were among the goals.
Odds and Predictions
Despite essentially being the away team for this game, it’s Croatia who start the match as the favourites to win priced at 2.25 with Bet365. They have never lost to Russia and have the better team on paper. Russia are riding on the crest of a wave right now but are considered the outsiders for this match at 4.00. The draw is also on offer at 3.00. Russia will have taken note on how Denmark set up tactically for the second half of the match against Croatia. The hosts have already shown they can keep out Spain for long periods and will be aiming to do the same to Croatia. This could result in a low scoring game and Croatia to win and under 2.5 goals is 3.75. Russia will be looking towards target man Artem Dzyuba for an early goal in this game. He may not last the full 90 minutes but has proven a handful for defenders in this tournament and takes penalties. Dzyuba is to get the first goal of the game. Mario Mandzukic opened his account at the 2018 World Cup against Denmark and will be keen to add another in this one. The Juventus striker is to get the first goal.
Russia vs Croatia Top Betting Tip: Croatia (1-0)
Russia will have most of the crowd behind them and will believe they can cause another upset and reach the semi-final of the World Cup. However, Croatia will be a different threat to Spain with their pace and direct running and it is this style of football Russia struggle to play against. Croatia should have enough to come through with the win.