Day three of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday sees Group D get underway, with Croatia & Nigeria rounding off the action. Zlatko Dalic’s men make the trip to Kaliningrad as favourites to claim the three points and with tough games to come against Argentina and Iceland – it’s imperative that they make a good start. They come into match day one on the back of two wins from their previous three games and confidence will be high that they can add another here. The opposition comes in the form of Nigeria and they’ll need to improve considerably if they’re to record what would be a huge victory. They’re without a win since March (four games) which has seen them lose three times, so this will be a real tough test for them.
Croatia vs Nigeria @ 20:00 GMT
Prediction: Total goals under 2.50 goals in ordinary time at odds 1.72
Croatia and Nigeria is one of the exciting matches of Group stage. Croatia is the favorite of this match.
They have very good world class players like Modric and Rakitic who are playing in the best league in teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona . I think Croatia can take their first 3 points out of this match. Nigeria is tough for Croatia and also Iceland and Argentina.
I think we’ll see maximum 2 goals in this match and my main choice will be total goals under 2.5 and if I have to predict the correct score it will be 2-0 to Croatia.
Prediction: Croatia to win against Nigeria at odds 1.83
A lot of people are excited about Nigeria kit but can they actually offer some decent football?
I am not sure and more like leaning towards a big NO. Nigeria have talented squad indeed but one that is very young as well and that means lack of experience.
Croatia always seem to show up for these big tournaments and the first game is very much a winnable one. I expect Modric to run the things in midfield and make a lot of good stuff happen. Nigeria have lost 4 of last 5 games and simply are not good enough for this group including not only Croatia but also Argentina.
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