russia Team News:

Russia could opt to go back to a 4-2-3-1 formation having played with a five-man defence against Spain, with Yuri Gazinskiy and Denis Cheryshev potentially returning. Yuri Zhirkov is a major injury concern.

croatia Team News:

Ivan Strinic is a doubt for Croatia. They aren't likely to make any major changes but have to be wary of bookings with Ante Rebic, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca, Sime Vrsaljko, Vedran Corluka and Tin Jedva all one yellow card away from a ban.

russia vs croatia Head to Head:

The last meeting was a 2015 friendly in Rostov which Croatia won 3-1. The sides haven’t met competitively since Euro 2008 Qualifying when both meetings ended 0-0 and the pair progressed to the Finals at England’s expense.

russia vs croatia Tip Reason:

Russia have reached the quarter-final of the World Cup for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union – as the USSR, they reached the quarter-final in four consecutive World Cups between 1958 and 1970. Croatia won their only other World Cup quarter-final, defeating Germany in 1998 on their way to that year’s semi-finals, when they were eliminated. Croatia have scored as many goals in four matches at this year’s World Cup (8) as they did in six games in their previous two World Cup appearances in 2006 and 2014 combined. Russia had 10 shots on target in their first two 2018 World Cup games – they have managed just two in their last two matches, with one of those a penalty (Artem Dzyuba v Spain). After keeping clean sheets in both of their opening games at this World Cup, Croatia have conceded once in each of their last two matches; they haven’t conceded a goal in three consecutive matches at the same World Cup tournament since 2002, when they failed to keep a clean sheet in all three of their matches. Croatia have only lost one of their seven World Cup matches against fellow European opposition (W5 D1), while Russia have never beaten a European team at the World Cup (D1 L3), although they did eliminate Spain on penalties in the Last 16 of this tournament after a 1-1 draw. Artem Dzyuba has been directly involved in four of Russia’s last seven goals at the 2018 World Cup (three goals, one assist), scoring both of their last two.

Russia vs Croatia Betting Prediction:

Russia 1 1 Croatia
Tip: Both Teams Score


Recommended BET Stakes : 7/10 units

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