Croatia v Russia betting tips – confident hosts can nullify the Blazers

Croatia v Russia betting tips

Draw @ 21/10

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Betting Tip: @ Draw @ 21/10 with bet365

Spain were one of the shortest-priced teams to win their last sixteen encounter, although La Roja hadn’t looked convincing during the group stage and their poor form continued against Russia.

After taking the lead, Fernando Hierro’s team then decided to play keep ball and there was no cutting edge to their play. Perhaps that style might have landed them a slender victory although Russia won a penalty before half-time and managed to defend stoutly from that point onwards.

It will be more of the same from the hosts against Croatia. Why tamper with a winning formation, or at least one that stops the opposition from creating chances?

That means a five-man back line who will look to press with the rest of the team and we should expect to see Luka Modric with his foot on the ball and looking for options.

Croatia didn’t pass the ball around and break down Denmark all too easily, with the Blazers scoring an early equaliser after an even earlier goal from the Danes, while Modric had a penalty saved just before a shootout which his team won.

While the Croats are the dark horse choice of many, the truth is that they’re a decent enough team who might not have the quality to break down a Russia side buoyed by a passionate crowd in Sochi.

We’re happy to get with the draw and also back No Goalscorer, with this match a big deal for both teams who sense an opportunity to reach a World Cup final.

Draw @ 21/10 with bet365
No Goalscorer @ 11/2 with William Hill

Betting Tip: @ Draw @ 21/10 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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