Russia v Croatia Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
July 02, 2018
Fisht Olympic Stadium - World Cup Quarter-Final
Russia and Croatia are both through to the World Cup quarter finals after penalty shoot out wins over Spain and Denmark respectively.
Croatia beat Russia 3-1 in a friendly, back in November 2015, with Mario Mandzukic, Marcelo Brozovic and Nikola Kalinic getting the goals in that game.
Russia ended their game against Spain with a number of players suffering from cramp, and they are expected to make changes for this game - with Fedor Smolov and Denis Cheryshev set to start.
Croatia will hand a late fitness test to Mandzukic, who was substituted during their last 16 game. He will be left up until kick off to prove his fitness, with Andre Kramaric on standby.
Russia v Croatia Preview and Predictions
Both sides came through grueling last 16 examinations, with both of them needing penalties to secure their progress into the last eight. Croatia have impressed so far in the tournament, winning all three games in the group stage, including a convincing 3-0 win over Argentina.
Despite Russia making it through to this stage, they look tired and short on ideas in attack, and the Croatians should have enough to win this game - priced at 5/4.
Croatia have only scored more than two goals once in their four games, with efficiency a greater feature of their play in Russia.
With that in mind, this game could be fairly low key in terms of goals, and Croatia to win and under 2.5 total goals scored in this game, is available at 5/2.
Croatia to win 2-0 at 9/1
Croatia looked excellent during their first three games, being earmarked as a potential dark horse to win the competition, and the latter stages draw has now fallen in their favour. They have huge experience in their squad, and the scare they suffered against Denmark should not happen again.
Luka Modric to score first at 17/2
The Real Madrid star missed a penalty in the last 16, but he recovered to score in the shoot out as Croatia progressed. He scored twice during the group stages, and he will take penalties and free kicks for Croatia, which could be vital against an organised Russia side.