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Prediction and Analysis of the Meeting: Russia vs. Croatia

World Cup hosts 2018 Russia continue with their incredible performance in the tournament and face the 1/4-finals against Croatia. The duel is on Saturday night at 21:00 at the Olympic Stadium in Sochi.


Certainly, in their wildest dreams, Russian fans did not think their helpless side before the World Cup would reach this phase of the tournament, but now have a very real chance to qualify for the World Cup semifinals as they prepare for the European clash with Croatia. Sochi is the venue for the event and will surely be an amazing atmosphere for the hosts, but the Croats are light favorites because of their strong games at the World Cup 2018. Both sides needed a penalty shootout to reach this stage. Croatia has confirmed its reputation as a country that can play at the top and have a fall, as in the match with Denmark. After defeating Argentina in the group stage and finishing 3 wins in three games, they vainly faced the Danes but still won 3: 2 penalty shootouts after 1: 1 at regular time.

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Croatia's record of direct elimination is not good at all in recent years, so it will be a huge burden on their shoulders, though the same can be said of Russia, whose World Cup record is very negative after the fall of the Soviet Union. They did not come out of the group in any of their previous three appearances as a single nation but the victory over Spain in the penalty shootout last weekend will give them a chance to record a historic achievement in this championship.


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Russia switched to a three-way circuit against Spain, but could return to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Croatia, with Yuri Gazinski and Dennis Cherishev returning to the hosts. Igor Smolnikov is on the line after being punished against Spain but may have to start the match against the bench against Croatia.


Probable lineup: Akinfeev, Fernandez, Kutepov, Ignasevic, Kudrashov, Zobin, Gazzinski, Cherishev, Golovin, Sameov, Dzuba

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Milan's new addition, Ivan Sturinic, is questionable for this match after leaving with a trauma against Denmark. Croatia is expected to use the same 11-star for the upcoming match, which means Matteo Kovacic and Milan Badel will be back on the bench. Footballers such as Ante Rebich, Ivan Rakitic, Marcello Brozowicz and Mario Mandjukich are on a yellow card from penalty.


Probable composition: Subasic, Vrsalko, Vida, Lovren, Strinich, Rebich, Modrich, Brozovich, Rakitic, Perisic, Manjukic

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Pre-match Facts:

Russia qualified for the 1/4-finals of the World Cup for the first time since Soviet collapse - like the USSR they played in this phase of the tournament in four consecutive world championships between 1958 and 1970

Croatia won its only 1/4 World Cup, defeating Germany in 1998, winning the bronze medals

Croatia scored the most goals in four matches of this year's World Cup (8), as they did in six matches in their previous two World Cup matches in 2006 and 2014.

Russia made 10 shots in its first two rounds of the World Cup - in their last two games they had only two strokes, one of which was a penalty shootout against Spain

Russia - Croatia: One against another

The last match between these two countries was a friendly match in 2015 in Rostov, where Croatia won 3-1. Both countries did not have an official Euro 2008 qualifying match when the two matches ended with a score of 0-0. It is unlikely, however, that there will be no rebound in the match, given the two teams' performance until the World Cup 2018.

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Russia - Croatia: Forecast

With an average of 2.25 goals per game, Russia remains one of the most successful teams in the world finals in 2018, but they only have one dry net in their last 14 international matches, so they obviously are not entirely convincing in the other end of the pitch. We expect Croatia to take advantage of this, and yet with its better players in the squad reaching the 1/2-finals of the tournament.


Prediction: Croatia to qualify

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Odds: 1.55 in WINBET

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