Croatia vs Nigeria Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Exciting Saturday afternoon in Kaliningrad and yet another good match to put our bets and earn money. Croatia never played against Nigeria. In matter of fact they played only twice against African countries since 1990.
Croatia was drawn to group I in Euro qualifiers and they were favorites for ending at the top. They started by winning four of their first five games. In next five games they recorded two defeats and some draws and suddenly Iceland climbed up to the top. As runner ups they needed victory in play-offs. Rival was Greece and after goalless draw in Piraeus, Croats destroyed Greece in second match 4:1. Croatia achieved best result in their debut in World Cups in 1998 when they finished in third place. After that, they never managed to reach knockout system. By the choice of their friendly matches we have impression that they fear most of Argentina. Opponents were Brazil, Peru and Mexico. All those teams share roughly the same football philosophy. Croats lost two matches and last test is against Senegal. In Euro qualifiers Croatia was recognized by firm defense. They conceded only four times and that is the best result. Croatia is stronger than Nigeria but lack of experience in playing against African nations may be fatal.
Nigeria’s first step on long road to Russia was to beat Swaziland. First match ended without goals and in second one they recorded unconvincing victory 2:0. In group stage they were significantly better. Opponents were Zambia and once strong Algeria and Cameroon. After six games, Nigeria was in clear first place with four wins and two draws. They were also the most efficient team scoring twelve times. Top goal scorer was Chelsea’s Victor Moses. After qualifiers Nigeria participated in African Nations Championship which they finished as runner ups. After defeat in finals, bad things started happening. In last six friendly matches, Nigeria recorded only one draw and five defeats! Something is really wrong in their squad and they must resolve that issue soon because Croatia will have no mercy for them.
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Croatia vs Nigeria Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||38||31|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||54||47|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||6||7|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||2||4|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||1||3|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||4||3|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||8||6|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||3||5|
Croatia have almost all players available for the match and all of them are eager to beat Nigeria on Saturday night.
On the other side Nigeria also have almost all players available for the Saturdays clash. Leon Balogun is not fully fit and he is only one player who is not fully fit. All players are ready for the match and they will play aggressive from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Croatia: Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Strinic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Kramaric, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic
Nigeria: Uzoho; Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Abdullahi, Idowu; Ndidi, Onazi; Iwobi, Mikel, Moses; Ighalo
Croatia vs Nigeria Prediction
Croatia and Nigeria take each other on at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday night and we expect to watch an interesting game with lots of thrills and excitements. They are placed in Group D with Argentina and Iceland, and this game on Saturday is important for both sides. Group D is set to be one of the toughest at the tournament. Nigeria have been drawn in the same group as Argentina in five of their last six World Cup appearances. Croatia are one of Europe’s top sides and they have very talented midfielders who can do a lot on this match. They are big favourites to win this game but it will not be an easy job on Saturday. Nigeria like to play aggressive football and they will play strong football in defending. Nigeria have scored in seven of their last ten matches overall and they will try to do that against Croatia.
However, our prediction and betting tips for the match Croatia vs Nigeria Prediction: Croatia to win. We expect from Croatia to score exactly one goal more on this match, and our second betting pick for the match is Both teams to score. If you link these two bets then can win more cash. Our risky bet goes on Correct score 2-1.
We expect from Nigeria to play aggressive football to stop Croatia, so probably we will see lots of yellows for them. Our risky bet goes on Bet Penalty for Croatia. Maybe Nigeria will get a red card on this game.