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World Cup Croatia Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Croatia Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

Croatia are on paper a tough team to beat and they will fight for the top spot in Group D with Argentina. For sure Croatia will be one of the favourites to emerge from Group D, but they will not have an easy job to do in Russia. Here's everything you need to know about the team:

This team is so strong in the middle and they are well-organised and disciplined team who can play creative and attractive football. Croatia have only missed one World Cup (2010) and they are highly motivated for the major tournament this summer. They qualified for the World Cup after finishing second behind Iceland, and now again play against the smallest nation ever on the World Cup. But this time Croatia together with Argentina will be favourites to finish in the top two of Group D.

FIFA Ranking: 18

Croatia World Cup 2018

Croatia Coach

ZLATKO DALIC - He led Croatia through a play-off against Greece

Croatia Players

It is provisional squad and will be reduced to 23 players for the World Cup.

GOALKEPERS:
Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo

DEFENDERS:
Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

MIDFIELDERS:
Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

FORWARDS:
Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)

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Croatia Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Croatia
FORM(WON-DRAW-LOSS)5-2-3
GOALS SCORED11
SHOTS ON TARGET38
SHOTS OFF TARGET54
GOALS CONCEDED8
TOTAL GOALS19
OVER 1.5 GOALS6
OVER 2.5 GOALS2
OVER 3.5 GOALS1
UNDER 1.5 GOALS4
UNDER 2.5 GOALS8
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE3
CLEAN SHEETS4
CORNERS61
FOULS110
YELLOWS12
REDS0
OFFSIDES13

Croatia World Cup History

World Cup appearances: 4
Semifinals: 1
Best finish: 3rd place on World Cup 1998
Last World Cup: 2014

Croatia World Cup 2018 Matches

June 16 - Croatia vs. Nigeria
June 21 - Croatia vs. Argentina
June 26 - Croatia vs. Iceland

Croatia Prediction and Expectations on World Cup 2018

Croatia is the second-most talented team in the group behind Argentina, and if really want to go through then need to beat Nigeria and Iceland. They are a team that could really make a run to the quarterfinals and all expect from them to pick up at least 6 points in group phase. They enters the 2018 World Cup with high expectations and we expect from them to hammer Nigeria on the Matchday 1.

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