Croatia v Nigeria
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NB: Croatia v Nigeria odds correct at the time this page went live and are subject to change. Last updated: GMT 22:42 15/06/2018.
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The 2nd fixture in Group D takes place on June 16th at The Kaliningrad Stadium, when Croatia take on Nigeria in what could be cucial to deciding who they'll each face if they advance.
It's hugely important for both teams, as the result could have a huge impact on whether Croatia or Nigeria successfully make it through to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup.
At the moment, sportsbooks offer Croatia as the favourites win, but it’s set to be a close match, and it will be interesting to see how the match unfolds on the day.
The most success that Croatia have had in a World Cup was when they made it through to the semi-finals in 1998, and although they are constantly deemed as dark-horses, they've yet to live up to this reputation and take home a trophy.
The Croatians come into the match after a mixed bag in the last round of international friendlies.
Croatia secured a solid win against Mexico but were unconvincing in their loss against Peru, which has raised concerns about their ability to play consistently leading up to the tournament.
New manager Zlatko Dalić has a talented team who have the ability to win, but they will need to work hard to convert every opportunity if they want to beat Nigeria and keep their hopes alive of moving through the group stages.
The biggest concern Dalić faces ahead of the Nigeria fixture, is whether a struggling defence can compete with the ussually fast-paced Nigerian attack.
It’s likely that Croatia will win, but this will be one match that we’ll be watching closely!
This will be Nigeria’s 6th World Cup appearance, and although they are the most consistent African team in the World Cup, they will really need to work hard in their opening fixture.
There’s no doubt that Rohr’s squad have the potential to succeed, but whether Nigeria get the opportunity to show how good they can be in a difficult opening group is another thing.
The Nigerians haven't achieved the results they would have likes in their friendlies, bagging a victory over Poland but losing to Serbia, and will be hoping for a stronger performance in Qatar.
Rohr has a robust and confident team who can make the most of quick attacking players, but they have been drawn a difficult opposition in this opening match against Croatia, which may just put an end to their World Cup dreams if they aren’t on form.