Russia vs Croatia Preview:

It is quite possible that even Vladimir Putin didn’t in his best dream thought of seeing Russia in a world cup creating a history. This is the first time Russia qualified for the Quarter Finals in the world cup. Their previous best was to reach the Round of 16 in 1966 when they were known as the Soviet Union. No matter how thrilling this adventure has been, to stay in the world cup they need to beat Croatia. Russia did punch over weight opponents in this tournament so far to reach till here and now they would have to do it once more to get one step closer to the unimaginable. They held Spain for 120 minutes and went on to the penalties with their complete trust on their captain Igor Akinfeev who put his country forward and sent the Spaniards back home.

But this game would not be an easy for the Russians as Croatia starts this game as the deserving favourites and their midfield is pure gold. With players like Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic, Croatia dominates the game from the center and that gives a plenty of opportunities to attack the opponents. Though, their brilliance was not found in their last game in the Round of 16 fixture against Denmark but they are expected to come back in this game and win it.

 

Russia vs Croatia Betting Odds:

According to Bet365 the odds of Russia winning this game is 3 and the odds of Croatia winning this game is 5/4 and the odds for a draw is 2. Similar odds have been provided by Skybet too as their odds for Russia emerging out victorious are 3 and for Croatia to win the odds are 6/5 and chances for a draw is 2. Betfair odds for Russia in this game is 3, for Croatia the chances are 6/5 and for a draw is 21/10.

 

Recent Form:

Croatia – D W W W W L
Russia – D L W W D L

 

 

Predictions:

Croatia is winning this game.

 

Man Of The Match:

If Russia has to win then it would fall on Aleksandr Golovin and if Croatia wins, it will be Mario Mandzukic.