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Croatia vs Nigeria betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

101 Great Goals prediction: Croatia 2-1 Nigeria

The World Cup is back and underway and Saturday is set to be one of the greatest days ever.

Croatia and Nigeria will finish a day of four World Cup fixtures when they take each other on at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

Group D is set to be one of the toughest at the tournament and everyone will be eager to impress.

Nigeria may have the greatest kit in World Cup history but it is fair to say that Croatia have a stronger squad.

Croatia have impressed at previous World Cups as well as European Championships whereas Nigeria didn’t even qualify for the African Cup of Nations last year.

KIEV, UKRAINE – OCTOBER 09: Luka Modric of Croatia (c) celebrates with his team mates following victory during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group I match between Ukraine and Croatia at Kiev Olympic Stadium on October 9, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Croatia vs Nigeria: Who will win?

Croatia are the favourites with Bet365 and are 8/11 to win the match.

Mario Mandzukic is 9/2 to score first but my tip would be to bet on Marcelo Brozovic to score first who is ranked at 10/1.

Croatia to win and both teams to sore is 10/3.

Croatia vs Nigeria match preview

Croatia are one of Europe’s top sides and are always one of the stronger sides when they compete at the World Cup.

However, they never seem to fulfil their potential and this year, they will be desperate to silence their critics.

Nobody is expecting Nigeria to progress to the knockout stages which means that the pressure is all off.

The Super Eagles performed very well against England at Wembley a few weeks ago and they certainly have the ability to cause a shock or two.

Will Croatia be a dark horse at this World Cup?

Croatia were somewhat disappointing in Brazil four years ago and they will want to prove themselves to the World this summer in Russia.

Luka Modric is of course the star of the show and the Real Madrid man will surely boss the midfield.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi is often the hero for Nigeria and he will be the one to watch from the African side.

On paper, the two teams are of a fairly similar standard however Croatia have the experience and depth in their side to grab the three points.

Nigeria’s team is young but filled with flair and they will certainly cause the Croatian defence some problems.

Croatia vs Nigeria team news

Neither side has any injuries or of course suspensions going into their opening match but there will be some top talent on display.

The likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan will all be represented on Saturday evening.

Surprisingly, former Manchester City striker Kilechi Iheanacho often struggles to break into the Nigerian starting line up so avoid any bets for the Leicester forward to strike first.

Croatia predicted line up vs Nigeria

Nigeria predicted line up vs Croatia

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Nigeria to beat Croatia & both teams to score: 10/1