In the eighth game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, we have Croatia and Nigeria to have a showdown in a Group D clash.
Croatia has come into this World Cup with arguably their best squad in the recent time. The team knows what it is doing, and one can find solidity in every aspect of their game.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric is their captain, and with the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic, he is aptly supported in bearing the burden of their nation.
Croatia’s physical presence has been used well by their coach Zlatko Dalic in the set-pieces. Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka form a decent wall in front of the goal.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has taken one of the youngest squads to the tournament.
Former Chelsea man John Obi Mikel is their captain and he will have to lead the team from the front to set an example for his teammates.
Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Wilfred Ndidi are some of the rising talent emerging from the African nation. These four players do their bidding in the Premier League, so the big-game experience for them isn’t an unusual feeling.
Nigeria has traditionally been a team who has outworked their team with their superior physicality and mental endurance. With their coach Gernot Rohr being versatile, they can always bank on other options to make an impact on the game.
Croatia and Nigeria are clubbed with Argentina and Iceland in Group D. This match is expected to be a feisty affair, with both teams trying to go for the win.
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When and where?
This match is to be played at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 35,200 and it is going to be a mostly sunny day in Moscow with 10% chance of precipitation.
Where to watch Croatia vs Nigeria live?
The clash will take place at 12:30 AM (IST) on June 17th, 2018 and can be streamed live on Sony LIV and Sony Ten 2.
CRO vs NGA recent form (Last six matches)
Croatia –W L W L D W
Croatia’s warm-up games had two sides to their preparatory story. While they lost to Brazil by a close margin, the team bounced back to win against Senegal. If Croatia doesn’t find a way to solve their inconsistency, it would be tough for them to progress further.
Nigeria– L L D L W W
Nigeria has one of the youngest squads. But they haven’t won in their last four games. The disappointing thing about this defeat for the management would be that it came against opposition who good but not the best. Nigeria has always found a way to conjure a surprise in the World Cup and it would be interesting to see what they do this time out.
CRO vs NGA Head to head
Croatia Won – X
Nigeria Won – X
Not Decided – X
Croatia and Nigeria have never faced each other before this encounter. Both teams have a similar style of play and it will be interesting to see how the two managements solve this puzzle.
CRO vs NGA Team News:
CRO vs NGA Probable Playing 11:
Nigeria (4-2-3-1) –
Uzoho, Ebuehi/Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu, Onazi, Obi/Ndidi, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, Ighalo
Subasic, Vrsaljko, Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Badelj/Brozovic, Rakitic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic
*Since this is the eighth game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Croatia and for the teams as well, the lineups can have some subtle changes. The predictions will get more accurate as the tournament progresses.
Players to look out for-
The Arsenal man has been in good for the Super Eagles and will want to emerge as the leader for this young squad.
Modric is the captain and also the talisman for this team. His presence and influence on the game has always affected the outcome.
Gambling India Info Match Prediction Croatia vs Nigeria –
Croatia has had a better preparation for the World Cup. They also have a squad who are experienced. These two factors have made us sway towards them instead of Nigeria. They will win this game by a close margin.
CRO vs NGA Odds Makers Predictions:
CRO vs NGA Dream 11 Team Predictions-
Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic are the creative hubs of Croatia. The team has a lot of dependence on them and they will surely be involved in the game. Ighalo is expected to start ahead of Iheanacho, hence his presence in both teams as well.
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