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Russia vs Croatia Prediction & Betting tips
The World Cup in Russia is already well advanced. The quarter-finals are already at the door. Only eight teams left. Among them, especially Sweden and hosts Russia are a surprise. After a strong performance in the group stage, the Russians surprisingly prevailed against Spain on penalties. Croatia, however, counted before the World Cup for extended favorites. In the second round, however, the Europeans expressed great effort against Denmark and also prevailed on penalties. In the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup on Saturday night, Croatia will be slightly favored against Russia – betting odds down to 2.25 will be offered on a 90-minute Kockasti victory. But even the surprising hosts may well be granted chances of entering the semi-finals. The winner of this quarter-final match will face England or Spain in the next round! The footballing superiority of the Croats is certainly clear. However, the collective of Russia will hold against the domestic backdrop in Sochi against it.
The host has from the beginning optimally found in the World Cup in their own country. Before the finals Russia was feeling against their own team – a disaster was inevitable. The 5-0 in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup against Saudi Arabia was redeeming. Accordingly, Russia entered with a lot of confidence in the following group matches. And even after the clear defeat against Uruguay, the team of Stanislav Cherchesov recovered. The last sixteen survived the Sbornaja against Spain but rather happy. Dzyuba scored the equalizer with a penalty and also on penalties after 120 minutes, the Russians were lenient. In general, the host seems to outgrow their potential and the home advantage seems to be a rash. So far, Russia conceded five goals, with Akinfeev twice defeated by their own players and Salah scored from the penalty spot. The goals from Suarez and Cavani did not come from the game, but were standard situations. This makes it clear that the defensive of the Russians is overwhelmed, especially at dormant balls. This fact will take advantage of the strong offensive of the Croats, after all, stands Mandzukic a header strong striker in the squad.
Generally speaking, Russia has already reached its performance limit. In the match against Spain, the Russians secured with luck and much fighting spirit the entry into the quarter-finals. In the game against Croatia, Russia can be achieved by betting on the outsider betting odds to 4.00, but the host may never be written off.
The last 16 between Croatia and Denmark had goals from the start. Jorgensen scored after just a few seconds the opening goal for the outsider in this game. Mandzukic but delivered the return postponed and broke his colors back into the game. After their outstanding performance in the group stage, Croatia only steamed into the quarter-finals on penalties. Against Argentina and Nigeria brilliant Hrvatska and scored two or three goals. Before the third group match Croatia was already qualified for the knockout phase. Accordingly, coach Zlatko Dalic could rely on the B-Eleven. But these too struck a victory against Iceland. Perhaps this broke but the flow of play the starting lineup, this would be a reason for the weaker performance in the second round. In the end, however, the experience of Modric and Rakitic on penalties secured the survival of the Croats.
Against the hosts, the offensive of the Croats must convince again from the beginning. This is mainly the superstars responsible. The recent past was not particularly successful for Croatia on the football stage. Most recently, the Europeans moved in 1998 in the semifinals of a World Cup. On Saturday night, the Kockasti has a chance, which will flow into the history of the 4 million inhabitants state. Modric will also lead his team captain on the pitch in this match. The Real Madrid midfielder scored one goal against Nigeria and Argentina and also converted on penalties.
Russia vs Croatia head to head matches
17.11.15 FI Russia Croatia 1 : 3
06.06.07 EUR Croatia Russia 0 : 0
06.09.06 EUR Russia Croatia 0 : 0