It’s Croatia and they will play their first World Cup match against Nigeria, the first African team to qualify for the World Cup. Croatia will look up to the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to see them through in the first match of the World Cup and would want to mirror the same in this World Cup as they did in 1998 in their first ever World Cup appearance. However they would face off with a Nigerian team that has been energetic and pacey throughout the ground but is currently on a terrible form run.

Croatia vs Nigeria is to be played in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

 

Betting Odds:

According to bet365 the odds of Croatia winning this game is 8/11, odds of drawing this game is 11/4 and the odds of Nigeria winning this game is 9/2. Similar odds have been provided by skybet too as their odds for Croatia emerging out victorious are 8/11 and probability for a draw is 5/2 and for Nigeria to win the odds are 9/2. Betfair odds for Croatia are 8/11, for Nigeria is 9/2 and the odds of this match ending in a draw are 13/5.

 

Team News:

Ivan Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic will start in the defensive midfield. Ivan Strinic is doubtful to start. Mario Mandzukic is expected to lead the attack in the front while Andrej Kramaric would have to sit out.

Mikel, Moses and Alex Iwobi may start in the midfield providing support for Odion Ighalo for the African nation.

 

Recent Form:

Nigeria:  W W L D L L

Croatia:  W D L W L W

 

Predictions:

Croatia is most likely to come out on top in this game because of the depth of game play they have they would simply outclass Nigeria.

 

Man Of The Match:

If Croatia has to win then it would fall on Luka Modric and if Nigeria wins, it will be Ndidi.