Croatia Vs Nigeria – Predictions, Odds, And Betting Tips
With Argentina and Iceland in action earlier in the day, the rest of Group D goes at in the later afternoon when Croatia and Nigeria face off. Nigeria is the weakest team in the group, but they still have plenty of world-class talent. For Croatia, a good start is important, as they can play for a draw in their final group stage game against Argentina if they put themselves in position to advance. My 2018 World Cup pick for June 16th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Croatia Vs Nigeria – Recent Form & Injury
Croatia has played well in qualifying and is certainly a dark-horse team to take down this Group if Argentina doesn’t end up playing to the level that most expect. Croatia is in an excellent era of footballers for their country and wants to make this World Cup count. They’re healthy going into the tournament, but there are questions about how this team will line up. It’s still up in the air, even with those who cover the team closely. This is also something that Nigeria will have to prepare for, as well. The unknown of their opponent.
Nigeria’s confidence may have taken a bit of a hit after friendly losses to England and the Czech Republic. They, like the Croatians, will be looking to attack and push the issue. Three points for them would also give them a big leg up in the group going forward. The Golden Eagles have been questioned when it comes to the accuracy of their injury reports. They have demoted midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, as vice-captain following some controversy. It appears the locker room is not on the same page.
Croatia (-0.5) Vs Nigeria (+0.5) Betting Odds
Croatia is the favorite to win this one at -133. A result for Nigeria is +400, and a draw is less likely in this one than in other matches at +245. The Asian handicap sits at -1/2, -1 for Croatia at -105 and +1/2, +1 for Nigeria at -115. The total is at 2, 2 ½ at +102 for the over and under 2, 2 ½ -122. I lean towards Croatia in this one, because they certainly have a talent advantage over Nigeria, but albeit probably not a massive one. The issues in the locker room and with players and coaches contradicting each does worry about their chemistry, which can affect both sides of the ball.
However, I expect these teams to push their attack and look for three points as a draw doesn’t do a lot for them in such a tough group. Right now, the Over 2, 2.5 +102 looks like my favorite bet on this match.