Croatia v Denmark Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 27, 2018
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod – World Cup Round of 16
Croatia and Denmark go head-to-head in a round of 16 match in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday evening. Neither nation has made it to the quarter-final stage of the World Cup finals in the last 20 years.
These two nations have met five times, with Croatia and Denmark each winning two games apiece. They have met just once at major international tournaments – back at the European Championships in 1996 when two Davor Suker goals helped the Croats to a 3-0 group stage win.
Having rotated their team for their final group game against Iceland, Croatia will make up to nine changes for the second round tie. Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic will be among the players to come back into the starting line-up. Denmark had Yussuf Poulsen suspended for their match against France but he’ll be available again this weekend.
Croatia v Denmark Preview and Predictions
Croatia have arguably been the most impressive team at the World Cup finals so far. In what was potentially a tricky group for Zlatko Dalic’s men, the Croats collected maximum points. Having scored seven goals and kept two clean sheets too, Croatia could be one of the tournament’s dark horses. They’re at 10/11 to win in normal time or 2/5 to do so by any method.
Age Hareide’s Denmark are definitely the underdogs on Sunday evening as they scored just twice in Group C to qualify behind France. The Danes didn’t have a single shot from inside the penalty area against the French. True, a goalless stalemate was enough for them to progress, but they’ll definitely need to reconsider their attacking style if they’re to break through a Croatian defence which has been sturdy. Denmark are 9/2 to progress inside 90 minutes or 28/13 to include extra time and a possibly penalty shootout.
And the influence of Christian Eriksen will be key to that. The Tottenham Hotspur man has scored 11 times in his last 14 appearances for his country and assisted many more. He’s at 17/2 to score first – fantastic value if Croatia don’t focus on limiting his power. At the other end, Luka Modric will be searching for his third goal of the tournament and he’s at 15/2 to break the deadlock.
Either team to win a penalty shootout at 5/1
Denmark are solid and unspectacular, while Croatia have also shown a defensive resilience since the tournament began. The two could cancel each other out.
Under 1.5 goals at 44/25
This is the part of World Cup finals’ where goals can start to dry up with so much at stake. Given both teams’ strong backlines, this one will be tight.