Croatia vs Nigeria Today’s Soccer Prediction
However, we have already said in the introduction that the selection of Croatia has a much more experienced team than the Nigerians, and this should definitely be their biggest advantage in this meeting, of course, with the remark that Croatians have in their ranks several top players who play in the strongest European clubs, such as Modric, Rakitic, Perisic and Mandzukic. Otherwise, for Croatia, this is already the fifth appearance in the world championships, but in 1998 they even came to third place in France, while in the remaining three final tournaments they dropped immediately after the group stage, including the last Mundial in Brazil . In addition, they became regular participants in the European championships, but their biggest success was their place in the quarterfinals.
As for their performance in the qualifications for this World Cup, they first took their second place in their group, following the selection of Iceland, with which they are now in the group and in Russia, so that they can eliminate Greece’s selection in a barrage without major problems. After that, they played variably in friendly matches, defeated by Peru and Brazil with 2: 0, while they celebrated 1: 0 over Mexico and eight days ago on home ground with 2: 1 over Senegal, which was in fact them and a general check for this match with Nigeria. For this reason, we believe that Daljic will send a similar position on Saturday in the field, as well as against Senegal, especially since the attacker Hoffenheim, Kramaric, has been imposed recently.
The probable initial composition of Croatia: Subašić – Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Strinić – Rakitić, Modrić – Brozović, Kramarić, Perišić – Mandžukić
Regarding popular superstars from Nigeria, this is already the sixth appearance in world championships, with the first appearance in 1994 and since then they were absent only in 2006 in Germany. Otherwise, they managed to pass the group stage three times, including the last Mundial in Brazil, but then they dropped in the eighth finals each time, while it is also very interesting to point out that this is the fifth time they are in the group with Argentina , which caused them five losses. But at the end of last year they managed to recover at least partially in the Russian Krasnodar when they beat them in a friendly match with 4: 2, while in March this year they were even better than the Poles, which they won with 1: 0.
However, in the last four checks they recorded even three losses, from Serbia, England and the Czech Republic, while they were removing only with DR Congo, so their coach Rohr can not be satisfied with the current form of his players. However, in the qualifications for this SP, they showed excellent batches, because in a very difficult group with Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia, they finally took the first place, registering four victories and two draws, and thus, as the first African selection, placed in the final tournament. As far as this is concerned with their duo with Croatia, it is expected that Rohr will put a more defensive tactic than usual, especially because during the preparations for the Mundial in Russia, he was left without one of the standard members of the first post, Simon’s attacker.
The probable initial composition of Nigeria: Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi – Moses, Mikel, Iwobi – Ighalo
Given that the Nigerians have shown a rather bad form in the last friendly matches, it would certainly have made use of the experienced selection of Croatia to be able to reach the key points for the next round, at the start of the Mundial in Russia, especially since they in their last 2: 1 celebrated over another extremely unpleasant African selection, Senegal.
Prediction Today: Croatian victory