Russia v Croatia World Cup Tips And Match Predictions
Still relative outsiders in the latest World Cup Winner Odds, Russia will head into Saturday's quarter-final on the crest of a wave having knocked out recent winners Spain on penalties, and they will look at their last-eight clash with Croatia as a huge chance of making the final four, but the hosts will start off outsiders in what should be an intriguing match in Sochi.
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Russia v Croatia Odds
Impressive in the group stages, Russia were expected to be outclassed by Spain on Sunday, but they held their own throughout the 120 minutes before progressing on spot-kicks, and with such a feel-good vibe reverberating around the host country then they will hope that their World Cup journey will continue, but they will line up as 11/4 outsiders with William Hill Bookmakers.
Croatia blitzed their group in the first couple of weeks of the World Cup, and were many people's dark horses, but they failed to click out of second gear on Sunday night, as they were taken all the way to penalties against Denmark, who themselves lacked quality throughout the night.
Luka Modric's missed penalty in extra time left the Croatian fans down heading into the spot-kicks, but they managed to progress, and that should now feel like they can kick on from that below-par performance, and if they can recapture the form that saw them record nine points out of nine in the group stages then the 5/4 with Betfair Sportsbook is worth snapping up in this Russia v Croatia match.
Many punters will look at the 11/5 with Betfred for a draw as the value bet, but Russia were lucky to come up against a Spanish side that lacked that cutting edge of yesteryear, and if the aforementioned Modric can sparkle once again for Croatia then they should comfortably book their place in the semi-finals.
Croatia To Outclass Hosts
Russian fans were expecting very little from their players heading into the tournament, but the "home" factor has seen them sparkle brighter than some of the bigger nations, but that is shown in the price, and realistically Croatia should be odds-on for the game, so the odds-against is a real gift.
Croatia won 3-1 when the pair last met in November 2015 and in Modric and Mandzukic they have a duo that could get into the best sides in the world, while Russia lack that star man to cause Croatia problems, so it's no point looking elsewhere for a bet and just back Croatia to win in 90 minutes.
If you were after some improved value then the 5/1 with Paddy Power for Mandzukic to score first is the solid bet, while a saver on Modric at 17/2 with Ladbrokes should provide some decent profit in a match that will see the hosts bow out with their heads held high, and having done their nation proud.