Russia vs Croatia betting tips and predictions for the World Cup quarter final tie on Saturday 7th July including an anytime goalscorer bet and correct score prediction for the match. Can the host nation progress to the final four of the 2018 World Cup?
Russia ousted second-favourites Spain during the round of 16 with the host nation unexpectedly making it to the quarter-final stage of the competition. They will face Croatia for a place in the final four and they will fancy their chances of beating Zlatko Dalic’s side. The Croatians needed extra time and penalties to see off a dogged and determined Denmark side and they may find themselves increasingly frustrated in this fixture too.
Croatia are a hugely frustrating team. They can either be brilliant or distinctly average and it’s often difficult to tell which outfit is going to turn up. They were superb during the group stage, although they were helped by an abject Argentina display and Nigeria’s failure to turn up for their Group D fixture. They laboured against Denmark for 120 minutes and lost their shape in the second half. They should have won the game through Luka Modric’s penalty but Kasper Schemeichel’s save forced the game into penalties. It was hardly a convincing display from a side who possess a wealth of top European talent. Russia played the perfect game against Spain. They let them have plenty of the ball but closed down the space effectively and they also took the match to penalties. They will deploy Artem Dzyuba as a battering ram once again and he is likely to give the Croatian defence plenty to think about. Croatia should win this game but it’s difficult to trust them and a Draw offers some real value in the outright market. It is 19/10 with William Hill to end all-square. Open a William Hill account to get THREE £10 World Cup free bets.
Artem Dzyuba replaced Fyodor Smolov in the Russia starting XI after their opening game and he’s perfectly suited to their tactics. Russia keep it tight but aren’t afraid to move forward with menace and Dzyuba is a huge ariel threat. He’s also the host nation’s penalty taker and is likely to get plenty of opportunities in this game. He can be backed at 3/1 with 888Sport and you can use their £30 free bet on any of the 2018 World Cup quarter-final games.
No points for originality but another 1-1 could be in the offing here. Both sides drew their round of 16 game by this scoreline and a similar outcome looks likely. We’ve predicted the draw but it’s difficult to see both sides keeping a clean sheet across the 90 minutes. It is priced at 21/4 with Unibet and we’ve got a brand new bet £20 get £60 free sign-up offer on this Unibet link.
Croatia are unbeaten against Russia in each of their last three meetings although two of those games have ended all-square. Their last meeting came in 2015 with Croatia winning 3-1 during an International Friendly. This is their first-ever meeting at a World Cup.
Russia: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Kudryashov, Samedov, Zobnin, Kuzyayev, Golovin, Dzyuba.
Croatia: Subasic, Vida, Lovren, Strinic, Vrsaljko, Brozovic, Rakitic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.
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