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Croatia VS Nigeria MATCH PREDICTION

16.06.2018 21:00, World Cup
Croatia
2:0 Win
Nigeria
Home win Odds 1.75

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

Saturday of the World Cup will close up at Kaliningrad Stadium in the extreme western part of Russia. Here the former bronze medalist Croatia will meet one of the prominent team of the black continent Nigeria. Who will win tonight?

Croatia started their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification strongly, leading the group and remaining undefeated for the first round of matches. However, consecutive defeats against Iceland and Turkey, as well as a draw against lowly-ranked Finland threatened their progression and caused a public outcry against manager Ante Cacic for his poor team selection and decreased player morale. He was hastily replaced by Zlatko Dalic, who led the team to a crucial 2–0 win against Ukraine in Kiev, securing a spot in the playoff round against Greece. Their statistics consisted of six wins, two draws and losses, 15 goals for and 4 goals against. The Checkered ones finalized their qualification with a convincing 4–1 aggregate win over Greece, with all goals coming in the home leg in Zagreb.

This Balkan team missed just one World Cup, it took part in four tournaments and reached the third place in France-1998.

On 24 June 2016, The Confederation of African Football released the draw for the 3rd round of the World Cup qualifiers which saw Nigeria grouped in what was described as a "group of death"; alongside Zambia, Algeria, and Cameroon. Nigeria started her group stage matches with a 2–1 win over Zambia in Ndola and defeated Algeria 3–1 in their second match at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, They went on to beat Cameroon 5–1 home and away in a back to back contest. The Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Zambia 1–0 in Uyo.

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Possible Line-ups
Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Strinic; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic; Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Ante Rebic; Mario Mandzukic

Nigeria: Francis Uzoho; Brian Idowu, Shehu Abdullahi, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong; Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, John Obi Mikel; Odion Ighalo

This clash has an evident favorite. Croatians have a good roster with many powerful and famous players. The African teams as usual are overvalued. The guest from the black continent perform under many expectations. We believe Croatia will earn three points and try to compete with Argentina for the first place. We recommend to bet on the home side’s victory with a remarkable coefficient of 1.75.

Performance :

  • Croatia recent matches Win:4 Lost:2 Draw:1
    • Croatia - Senegal 2 : 1
    • Brazil - Croatia 2 : 0
    • Mexico - Croatia 0 : 1
    • Peru - Croatia 2 : 0
    • Greece - Croatia 0 : 0
    • Croatia - Greece 4 : 1
    • Ukraine - Croatia 0 : 2
  • Nigeria recent matches Win:2 Lost:4 Draw:1
    • Czech Rep. - Nigeria 1 : 0
    • England - Nigeria 2 : 1
    • Nigeria - DR Congo 1 : 1
    • Serbia - Nigeria 2 : 0
    • Poland - Nigeria 0 : 1
    • Morocco - Nigeria 4 : 0
    • Sudan - Nigeria 0 : 1

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