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Russia v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

7th July 2018 / lee
Russia v Croatia - World Cup 2018

Russia v Croatia World Cup 2018, 7th July – 3.00 p.m

Russia have more than exceeded expectations so far at the 2018 World Cup and have made it through to the quarter-finals against the odds. Going into the tournament there were doubts as to whether they were good enough to get out of the group stage but after knocking out Spain on penalties in the last round, they are just two games from reaching the final on home turf. In order to progress they will have to get past Croatia who have been technically brilliant of the tournament so far, but who failed to find their form against Denmark in the round of 16, also needing penalties to move ahead. Read our Russia v Croatia betting tips for more.

Russia v Croatia Betting 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.)

Russia v Croatia Betting Tips

The Russians are the surprise package of the quarter finals and really this will have caught out a lot of punters. They were on a seven-match winless streak of form ahead of the tournament and not a great deal was expected of them. But they opened with back to back wins to book qualification for the knockout stage right off the bat and so they could relax. They weren’t given much of a chance in their round of sixteen tie against Spain. But Russia stuck to their game plan of sitting back and defending, then they took their chance well in the penalty shoot out. To start with for our Russia v Croatia betting tips under 2.5 looks an obvious place to go to and that is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). That was some defensive display they produced against Spain, but that will also have taken a lot out of them because they were pretty much chasing shadows for 120 minutes.

Russia are now W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have collected just the one clean sheet in their last twelve games. Once again they are going as the underdogs in a match but it will be interesting to see if they can replicate what they did against the Spaniards. We are going with 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 betting tips and that is because we don’t see Russia producing a lot of attacking threat against a well-organised Croatia side. That is just three wins in their last twelve games for Russia (D4 L5) over 90 minutes so they are not a side in any particular form. Take out their big wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia and they have only managed to score more than one goal on two other occasions in their last twelve matches. Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba are joint 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for them going into this one* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.).

Croatia’s round of sixteen performance was a little strange. They looked so dynamic, strong and composed through the group stage, that it was surprising to see them so flat against Denmark. They just never got anywhere near first gear in that round of sixteen tie and it just goes to show the pressure of the situation. Without question, they are the stronger of the two sides going into this fixture and a Croatia 1-0 correct score option is at 5/1. Croatia are a strong and well-organised side at the back and they have conceded just the two goals in their last four games. Their current form reads W4 D1 over ninety minutes and in each of those victories they did net at least two goals, so maybe you would want to look a little longer in the correct score market, but we don’t see it. Not after how they clearly went back into some kind of conservative mindset against Denmark.

The pressure is going to be on Croatia again as favourites for this tie and their top scorer at the tournament so far is Luka Modric with two goals. He has been one of the better performers of the entire tournament and has to be in the frame for the Golden Ball for best player. 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 somewhat lucky goal against Denmark in the last round. Croatia have won eight of their last thirteen games, losing just the two of them and they have a clear superiority in quality over the Russians. It is a case of whether or not they can get their mindset right and deliver. They did have players who just didn’t perform against the Danes. Back in 1998, they finished third at the tournament and they look as if they could at least match that. At the time of writing they had been moved into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.

Russia v Croatia Head to Head

There is a little bit of history between these two. Their first meeting were at the Euro 2008 qualifiers with both games playing out to a 0-0 draw. They most recently met in a 2015 friendly with Croatia easing to a 3-1 victory with Mandzukic among the goals.

Who will win – Russia v Croatia Predictions

Russia survived their trial against Spain through sheer will and determination in defending deep for 120 minutes. That has to take a toll on them at some point and Croatia will also knock the ball around comfortably against them, pushing them back. We see the extra quality of Croatia coming through and reaching the semi finals. Our Russia v Croatia prediction is a win for the Croatians in regulation time.

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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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