Russia vs Croatia Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Exciting Saturday afternoon in Sochi and yet another good match to put our bets and earn money. Croatia played only three times against Russia so far. Two of them finished without goals and in last one Croatia celebrated victory 3:1.
Before World Cup but after we discovered who will play against whom, many people already saw Russia in knockout stage because their group was among the easiest. Predictions were correct and suddenly we have match between Spain and Russia in round of sixteen. What happened in that match was beyond expectations. From the very start Spain began grinding Russia and after twelve minutes of play Ignashevich scored own goal 1:0. Four minutes before half time, Russia is awarded penalty 1:1. In second part as well as in extra time Russia defended perfectly and we had chance to see first penalty shootout. Russians showed nerves of steel and all of a sudden they are in quarter-finals. It’s not deserved but they obviously had stronger desire to win than Spain. Next match is against Croatia and as we saw their matches are always intense. We may expect also politics in that match because Croats have sympathies for Ukraine while Russians traditionally support Serbia. Croatia is higher ranked and generally stronger team but Russians have whole Russia behind them and that should be enough to compensate lack in football knowledge.
Croatia is one of very few nations that left good impression on viewers in this World Cup. Before group stage began, nobody questioned their ability to reach elimination phase. What Croats did was impressive. As warm up they defeated Nigeria 2:0. Spectacular demonstration of power is seen against Argentina 3:0. In last round Croatia had chance to decide whether Argentina goes home or not. They played good match against Iceland and won it thus allowing Messi to dream about winning World Cup a bit longer. In round of sixteen they had similar opponent, Denmark. Martin Jorgensen scored for Denmark after only fifty-four seconds of play. After initial shock Croatia strikes back in fourth minute 1:1. And that’s it. Match was played two more hours but result changed no more. One more important moment happened in hundred and sixteenth minute when Luka Modric missed penalty. Stars of the match were goalkeepers Subasic and Schmeichel and Croatia won only because Danes are not capable to score even after penalties. Denmark scored three goals altogether in World Cup and they cannot be sad too much after defeat. Croatia show their best when they play against aggressive and offensive teams. Russia is not such a team and we can expect positional fight entire game.
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Russia don't have fresh injury concerns for the match against Croatia. Alan Dzagoev and Yuri Zhirkov are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are fully fit and ready to play.
On the other side Croatia also don't have many missing players for this game. Ivan Strinic is not fully fit and he is doubtful for the match. All other players are ready for the match and all of them are eager to reach semi-finals.
Possible starting lineups
Russia: Akinfeev; Granat, Kudryashov, Ignashevich, Kutepov, Mario Fernandes; Golovin, Kuzyaev, Zobnin, Samedov; Dzyuba
Croatia: Subasić; Pivarić, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Brožović, Rakitić; Perišić, Modrić, Rebić; Mandžukić
Russia vs Croatia Prediction
Another one very good quarter-final match at the World Cup on Saturday night when the hosts takes on Croatia. Both sides are ready to play aggressive from the first minute and we expect a true football battle to reach semi-finals. We will enjoy in lots of midfield duels and fouls, but also expect to see lots of scoring chances. Russia like to play strong football in defense line, but against Croatia they will try to score a goal more. Their main objective for the match will be aggressive playing in the midfield and will try to beat Croatia in regular time. On the other side Croatia play well organised and they will control the ball from the first minute. Ball possession will be their main objective for the match, and for sure they will have several good scoring chances on the both sides.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Russia vs Croatia Prediction: Both teams to score. On this match we expect lots of scoring chances and expect from both sides to score at least two goals on Saturday night. But we don't expect to see a winner in the regular time. Our risky bet goes on correct score 2-2. Also, we expect from Russia to score second goal from the penalty spot. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.