Croatia v Nigeria Betting Preview & Predictions – World Cup 2018

15th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Croatia v Nigeria- World Cup 2018

Croatia vs Nigeria World Cup 2018 Preview 16th June – 8.00 p.m
(Full time: 2:0 – goals: Etebo 32′ (OG), Modric 71′ (P))

Because Croatia have been labelled as a dark horse for the 2018 World Cup it will be interesting to see what kind of form they can produce in this opening game. This is from Group D where Argentina and Iceland are also residing. So as this group is likely to be tight and competitive and it will be a good three points for Croatia if they can open on a positive note. As we look at Croatia v Nigeria predictions it appears as if the Africans have just gone off the boil at the wrong time.

Croatia vs Nigeria Odds*

Croatia 8/11
Draw 27/10
Nigeria 19/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)

Croatia vs Nigeria Preview

Any punters who have eyed up Croatia as a strong dark horse contender at the 2018 World Cup will be hoping that the Europeans can bank a positive three points in the tournament opener against Nigeria on Saturday. Croatia are expected to be competitive in Group D in trying to push to win the group ahead of Argentina. They will be facing up to the Albiceleste in their second group stage game and so they will want to go to that big clash with a bit of confidence and with three points already in the bag.

Can Croatia up their goal output?

Croatia have collected two wins in their last five games but they have lost only two of their last nine. They haven’t been prolific in front of goal recently and for our Croatia v Nigeria predictions we are expecting a low scoring game and therefore under 2.5 goals at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) looks a good proposition. Nigeria are not in any great scoring form and Croatia themselves have only scored in two of their last five fixtures.

Croatia have one of the best midfield lineups of all teams taking part at the 2018 World Cup, and they have a reliable source of goals in Mario Mandzukic who is the 8/5 odds favourite in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Croatia reached the World Cup having come past Greece in the World Cup qualifying round and that was after finishing second to Iceland in their qualification group. Croatia incidentally, will face Iceland in their final group stage match at the 2018 World Cup.

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Nigeria’s drop in form

Nigeria v Croatia predictions have to be expecting a low scoring game, but the Europeans are going into the fixture as pretty strong favourites in the match outright. If you piece that together then it may well be worth going over and having a look at Croatia to win by a one-goal margin at 12/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken  on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). The Croatians have collected four clean sheets in their last nine games, but only in two of those nine games did they concede more than one goal.

Nigeria have lost three of their last four games, and their loss against the Czech Republic in their final World Cup warm-up match gives a pretty good indicator that they are likely to struggle in the tournament. Croatia are certainly much stronger side than the Czech Republic are so the Super Eagles are going to have their hands full in trying to make a big impact in this group opener.

There are two notable things about Nigeria’s current form. One is that they have just the one clean sheet in their last eight games played, which has conspired to see them lose four of those and win just two. On top of that, they are struggling in front of goal with only two goals netted in their last four games played. Another option to consider in Croatia v Nigeria predictions is both teams not to score option at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were takenon June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). The form of Nigeria just is not there to suggest that an upset is on the cards.

Croatia v Nigeria Predictions

Our prediction for Croatia v Nigeria does favour the Europeans. They are not the most explosive side in front of goal and when the Nigerians are on their game, they can be something of a threat. Still we are going to back Croatia to handle themselves in this one and collect a victory by a one-goal margin.

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