Croatia vs Russia Betting Tip
Statistics, predictions and bet tips with highest odds for the World Cup Match Croatia vs Russia. Sounds analysis with head-to-head comparison and current performance by football experts.
Croatia vs Russia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Croatia take on host nation Russia in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup this weekend, with the two European nations perhaps both fancying their chances of reaching the last four in Sochi. The duo both made it through to this stage of the competition thanks to penalty shoot out victories, with many predicting another close encounter at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday evening.
With a place in the World Cup semi-finals up for grabs, both Croatia and Russia will be going all-out for victory when they face-off against each other this weekend. Croatia come into the match with a 100% winning record in the competition this summer, however Russia will have the backing of a capacity crowd in Sochi. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, it is well worth checking out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Croatia.
Croatia News & Form
Croatia were perhaps a little fortunate to overcome Denmark in the Round of 16, with Zlatko Dalić’s side having failed to find their best form on Sunday evening. However, with Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic having scored the winning penalty after a nail-biting shootout, Croatia will be confident of reaching the last four for the first time since 1998. Despite missing an extra-time penalty against Denmark, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has been on top form so far this summer, with his creativity likely to cause Russia problems throughout the match.
Russia News & Form
Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the star of the show for the World Cup hosts, with the CSKA Moscow man saving two penalties in order to send Russia through to the quarter finals. Aleksandar Golovin and Denis Cheryshev have been among the best players for Russia so far in the tournament, while the experience of Sergei Ignashevich in defence could well boost their chances.
Croatia vs Russia Head to Head
The two nations have met just three times in the past, with Croatia having one win to their name, along with two draws. The last meeting between the duo ended in a 3-1 success for Croatia, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the final goal in this friendly international. Despite Russia still searching for their first ever win over Croatia, perhaps little can be read into their head-to-head record due to the small number of previous encounters between the two teams.
Croatia vs Russia Odds and Predictions
Given their 100% winning record in the competition to date, along with the number of talented players within their squad, it perhaps comes as little surprise that it is Croatia who are the narrow favourites for victory on Saturday with the majority of major online bookmakers. Croatia are available to back for victory after 90 minutes at odds of 5/4 with William Hill, while opponents Russia are priced at 3/1 on the same platform. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is also available at 2/1 with Paddy Power.
Our Top Betting Tip: “under 2.5 goals”
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on under 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes in Sochi, a market is available at a best price of 4/9 with Ladbrokes.
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