Who will win Russia vs Croatia – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018

6th July 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Russia v Croatia- World Cup 2018

Russia vs Croatia World Cup Prediction 7th July 2018 – 3.00 p.m

Russia are now one of the biggest surprise packages of 2018 World Cup having made it through to the quarter-finals against the odds. Not too many punters would have expected to see them sitting in the final eight because going into the tournament they were backed to not even get past the group stage. They produced a penalty shootout victory over Spain in the round of 16 and they take on Croatia now for a place in the semifinals. Croatia also needed a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals as they age past Denmark.

Russia vs Croatia Odds*

Croatia 5/4
Draw 21/10
Russia 29/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:13 p.m.)

Who will win Russia vs Croatia?

These had gone through exhausting extra time periods in their respective round of 16 matches. The theatrical take its toll at some point on someone and of the two they did look as if Russia were feeling it more Croatia were in their game. As is one where some that could be a telling factor because the extra quality Croatia have could punish tired Russian legs later on in the game. Who will win Russia v Croatia? Read our predictions for the game for more.

Host Nation bank on defence

Russia have defied the odds in their own tournament to make it through to the World Cup 2018 quarter finals. Ahead of the tournament they weren’t being particularly fancied to even get out of their group because they hadn’t won in seven games. But with confidence-boosting, sharp wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the Russians got qualification done in two matches. So even though they collapsed heavily in a 3-0 loss against Uruguay in their final group stage match it didn’t matter. It was all hands to the pump as they sat deep and defended their way to a penalty shootout against Spain. The Russians took their chances there to knock out the Red Fury.

Their defensive mode worked well for them they are probably not going to abandon that for this game and under 2.5 goals is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The only thing that can be said about their tactics against Spain is that it took a lot out of them. It is W2 D2 L2 that Russia have posted in their last six games so it is only average at best. A both teams not to score option at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) for our Russia v Croatia prediction. If you total it up that is just three wins in their last twelve games for the Russians now (D4 L5) so it is not exactly great form. Russia have only managed more than one goal in four of their last twelve games played. Their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market are Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba who are joint 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.).

Croatians look to rediscover form

Croatia were arguably one of the best sides of the group stage as they sailed to the top spot in their pool. But in their round of sixteen tie against Denmark, they totally changed their mindset and went all conservative and closed off. They needed a penalty shootout to get past the Danes in the end so perhaps it was down to the pressure of being overwhelming favourites to get through that tie. They will be in the same position in this game as well. Without a doubt, they are the higher quality teams, but again you have to take the pressure of the situation into consideration. Croatia have scored at least two goals in each of their last four wins, but we are looking at a more conservative option of a Croatia 1-0 correct score result at 5/1* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.).

It is hard to see Croatia giving away too much and with their positive run of form, they should be able to control this against the Russians. Mario Mandzukic is at 5/1 in the first goalscorer market for this fixture* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and he got their goal against Denmark. Croatia have won eight of their last thirteen matches with just the two defeats only in that sequence. It will just be interesting to see if they can rediscover that composed form of the group stage or not. They do have the credentials here and just back at the 1998 World Cup they made it to the semi-finals. Their odds have tumbled into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.

Russia vs Croatia Prediction

Our prediction for Russia v Croatia game sees the host nation bowing out. Croatia just have the extra touch of quality about them to be able to handle the pressure of this quarter-final tie. We Russia direct in the second half and that is when the Croatians are likely to really make things count. There is value in just backing Croatia in the match outright.

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