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Russia VS Croatia, go for hosts

World CupRussia VS Croatia, go for hosts

Submit by tipster Grisza
Posted Sat, 07 Jul 2018 10:19:19 GMT        

Match Time:7/8/2018 02:00 Sunday 

FIFA World Cup -- Russia  VS  Croatia

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Russia: In good dynamic (Recent Form: DLWWDL)

Russia struggled in friendlies prior to World Cup, but they are performing well at the tournament so now the atmosphere around the team is much better than it was even a few weeks ago. “I am trying not to get distracted. If I get a newspaper I will read a headline. You say people are euphoric: we, the people in the team, are not the people who should be euphoric,” said coach Stanislav Cherchesov. Russia host Croatia on Saturday in Sochi in the quarter-final. “I will not focus on one player in the Croatia team because the Croatian team is playing great and I cannot say one player is better than the others. I know they are playing at a very high level. We will have do something with our players to play against them and individually our players will have to play well,” Cherchesov continues.

Probable line-up: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov, Zhirkov; Samedov, Zobnin, Cheryshev; Golovin, Dzyuba

 

Croatia: Want to surpass the 1998 team (Recent Form: DWWWWL)

The current Croatian team seem to be the strongest since the World Cup 1998 in France. Players believe they can even do better. “I believe in this team and I believe we can do better than [the ‘98 side]. With a little luck and several other things falling into place I am certain we can do better,” said Lovren. Now it’s time for a match against Russia. “They have everyone behind them, the whole country wants them to win. But my players have played in big matches, in big stadiums. We have done our work on them. We will be ready for Russia. I believe in my players,” said coach Zlatko Dalic.

Probable line-up: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Strinic; Rakitic, Brozovic, Modric; Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic

 

THE BETTING VERDICT:

Summing up, it looks like hosts are favourites of this clash. Russia should be boosted by eliminating Spain and they can count on their fans. Croatia didn’t impress a few days ago against Denmark and perhaps the home side may get a positive result.

 

Russia VS Croatia

Pick: Russia +0.25 @ 2.04

Russia VS Croatia, go for hosts

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