Match: Croatia vs Nigeria
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group D
Time / Date: 22:00h / 16 June 2018
Venue: Kaliningrad Stadium
Croatia and Nigeria meet this Saturday in their first World Cup match, both teams looking for a victory.
Croatia vs Nigeria Match Preview
The Blades had a roller-coaster qualifying campaign which saw them finish second to Iceland in their respective group, whatsoever easing past Greece in the playoffs winning the first leg 4-1 on the home patch. Croatia in the last four games is on both poles with two wins and two losses, two defeats (2-0 to Peru and Brazil, respectively) and two wins (1-0 against Mexico and 2-1 against Senegal).
Nigeria topped their qualifying group in some style ahead of the likes of Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria. Since 2002, The Super Eagles have lost every opener World Cup match, and in the last four games, they are winless with losing England, Serbia and Czech Republic all of them European teams.
Croatia vs Nigeria Head to head (H2H)
This will be first ever meeting between this two nations.
Croatia vs Nigeria Team News
Both sides are fully fit and we can expect the same approach as in their last tests.
Croatia vs Nigeria Stats and Streaks
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Croatia‘s last 10 games (FIFA World Cup).
- Nigeria have lost four of their last six games, winning just once.
Croatia vs Nigeria Betting Tips & Predictions
Croatia will want to beat Nigeria here and start properly in Russia, the Blades perform well against teams from Africa in 5 games with 3 wins and 2 draws. We can’t say the same for Super Eagles who lost 3 out of 4 matches with Euro teams. Whether Nigeria will finally get its own or Croatia will beat them, I bet on Croatians here.
I expect Croatia to keep the pace of the match with players like Olic and Modric in the middle of the field, given that in 9 of 10 games they have not seen more than 2 goals, I do not expect to be different here.