Croatia v Russia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 7th July
Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) previews Croatia v Russia and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s quarter-final, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Croatia v Russia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 07/07/18
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium
- Channel: ITV
Hosts Russia continue to surprise. They overcame Spain on penalties after a resolute performance in the 120 minutes prior. They’ll be well supported in Sochi.
Similarly, Croatia also booked their quarter-final spot via a penalty shootout. In the time prior however, they were second-best to Denmark. Croatia weren’t fluid. Zlatko Dalic’s side killed Argentina on the counter in the second-half a few weeks back but barring that have been a tad underwhelming.
Nonetheless, they are favourites here and that makes sense given the superior talent they possess. La Liga-based duo Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic offer extra-quality in midfield, while Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic are dangerous from wide positions.
Both sides were taken the whole way in their previous games. Naturally, that could take its toll given the quick turnover between knockout games.
Since 1998 just five of 24 teams to win a World Cup game beyond 90 minutes went on to win in 90 minutes in the following game. In addition, 15 of 21 games involving a side taken beyond 90 in the previous round saw under 2.5 goals. Historically, extra-time and penalties have seen teams struggle thereafter.
Alan Dzagoev remains out for Russia while Yuri Zhirkov is a doubt. Croatian Left-back Ivan Strinic has a niggle.
Potential Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedox, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dyzuba
Potential Croatia Starting XI: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic; Rebic, Mandzukic, Perisic
Head To Head
- Both competitive meetings between the pair have ended 0-0.
Key Stats & Facts
- Croatia are the only unbeaten side in the lower-half the draw.
- Croatia 13/10
- Draw 2/1
- Russia 3/1
With the numbers mentioned earlier in mind, a slow start can be expected. Since 1998 there have been two World Cup games where both sides were taken beyond 90. They ended 0-0 and 1-0 respectively. The 0-0 half-time result is 27/20 and gets the nod here.