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Croatia v Nigeria Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

16th June 2018 / lee
Croatia v Nigeria- World Cup 2018

Croatia v Nigeria World Cup 2018, 16th June – 8.00 p.m

(Full time: 2:0 – goals: Etebo 32′ (OG), Modric 71′ (P))

This is action from the competitive Group D at the 2018 World Cup and it will give a good indicator of where these two are at in terms of making a qualification push. Croatia do look to be a good dark horse for the tournament and they are going as favourites in this fixture. The Super Eagles will just be a bit concerned about their dip in form ahead of the tournament, and Croatia v Nigeria predictions lean towards the Europeans coming out on top.

Croatia v Nigeria Betting 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 v Nigeria Betting Tips

Many punters will have looked at Croatia and have seen that they look competitive enough to go and put in a challenge to win Group D ahead of Argentina. A strong start is going to be needed from them in order to drive towards that. Croatia’s form in their last nine fixtures reads W5 D2 L2 and they completed their World Cup warm-ups with the 2-1 success over Senegal last Friday. There have only been the two wins in their last five games from Croatia and they have been struggling in front of goal. Under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and has a great deal of appeal in our Croatia v Nigeria betting tips. Croatia have failed to score in three of their last five fixtures.

There are blessed with plenty of talent in the middle of the park and going forward they will be heavily reliant on Mario Mandzukic for goals and he is the 8/5 odds favourite in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Croatia had to get past Greece in the World Cup qualifying play-off round after only finishing second to Iceland in their group. Croatia have a lot of players playing at some of Europe’s elite clubs so they do look as if they should be competitive at the World Cup in the summer. Croatia are not all that bad at the back and only twice in their last nine games of the conceded more than one goal in a single game and one of those was the defeat against Brazil recently.

So the fixture does look as if it will be struggling for excitement on the scoreboard and as Croatia are trading as the favourites to win the match we are suggesting for Croatia v Nigeria betting tips that Croatia to win by a one-goal margin is value at 12/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.). Nigeria will just be concerned about their lack of form at the moment having lost three of their last four games played. Following a 2-1 loss against England at the start of June they produced disappointing 1-0 defeat against the Czech Republic in what was their final World Cup warm-up game. That loss against the Czech Republic is an indicator that they may well struggle in this game against Croatia who are a much higher quality opponent.

Nigeria have produced just two goals in total in their last four games and that is just another indicator for Croatia v Nigeria predictions that this is going to be a low goal-scoring affair. Indeed a both teams not to score option is at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.) and that is well worth considering among your betting tips for this game. Another negative working against Nigeria that they have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games, losing four of those. So they don’t look to be shaping up all that well for the challenge of the 2018 World Cup and they may fail to get anything on the board in this opening contest.

Croatia v Nigeria Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Croatia and Nigeria.

Who will win – Croatia v Nigeria Predictions

Croatia do look good enough to make a run at winning this group and will need to get off to a confident start and our Croatia v Nigeria betting tips are going to be backing the Europeans to get a victory but only by a one-goal margin.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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