Croatia vs Nigeria
Saturday 16/06/2018 | 20:00 GMT | Kaliningrad Stadium
Like a few other teams in this World Cup, it feels as though this the last chance for this current crop of talented Croats to finally make an impact on the world stage. Since their formidable showing in France 98, Croatia have barely attended tournament to make up the numbers. Same could be said of Nigeria too who have promised much but delivered little in way of notable tournament performances.
This Croatian team like all Croatian team of past are hugely talented technically but perhaps lack a world class striker. Nigeria have always been marred with dress room issues that has led them to their downfall. Surprisingly, Nigeria come into this World Cup without any public spats with their own footballing bodies. This Nigerian team however is not of the quality of teams of previous generations where they could genuinely claim to of possessed world class talent, this team is more workmen like and perhaps that that’s just what they need; an absence of talented prim donnas.
This game is a very interesting matchup, superbly technically gifted group of players pitted against a physically imposing side. With only Argentina as the big name in the group, both Croatia and Nigeria will fancy their chances of progression into the knockout stages. Croatia will be the favourites for this game and to progress further into the tournament, the only way I see Nigeria progressing is if they manage to bond as a team and play strictly to their strengths which I can’t see them doing for three games. Somewhere along the line I fear bust up in the Nigerian camp and total meltdown of their campaign.
The Croats will hope that meltdown comes early in the first game, so they can set themselves up for initiable progress. On their day Nigeria have the power to destroy any team with their physicality but very few of those days have been witnessed on this stage.
Croatia vs Nigeria Betting Tips
|Croatia vs Nigeria||Both Teams to Score-NO||1.66|
|Croatia vs Nigeria||Asian Total Corners Over 9.5||1.9|
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