Croatia vs Nigeria Preview

Croatia vs Nigeria

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium РKaliningrad Stadium

Date: 16th June 2018

Kick-off time – 20:00 GMT

This is most likely the last chance that many of these Croatian players have to win the World Cup.

The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic are already well in their 30s.

The Croatians were eliminated at the group stage in 2014, and were knocked out of Euro 2016 by eventual winners Portugal in the round of 16.

They are a talented team, but they need to come together to achieve as a team.

They beat Senegal 2-1 in their last friendly game which followed a 2-0 loss to Brazil earlier in the month.

They now have 4 wins from seven games leading up to this match.

Nigeria is not in good form heading into this competition, and many fear that they may become the first team to be eliminated from their group.

The West Africans lost their last warm up game 1-0 against Czech Republic and that was preceded by another 2-1 loss to England.

They are now winless in their last four games, and four of their last six has ended in defeats.

The Super Eagles have plenty of Premier League experience especially in their attacker where Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Alex Iwobi will be fighting for a starting place.

The Nigerians have scored at least seven goals in their last ten games, while Croatia have also conceded at least ten goals in their last 15 games.

The Nigerians have conceded seven goals in their last ten games.

Bookmakers make Croatia slight odds-on favourites to come out on top in this tie however as we have seen so far in this tournament, teams are fearful of over committing as two 1:0 90th minute goals showed on Friday.

This is the first time these teams have met.

Possible starting lineups:

Croatia

Subasic
Strinic
Vrsaljko
Lovren
Vida
Rakitic
Brozovic
Perisic
Modric
Kramaric
Mandzukic

Nigeria

Uzoho
Idowu
Abdullahi
Balogun
Troost-Ekong
Onazi
Ndidi
Moses
Mikel
Iwobi
Ighalo

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Croatia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Sweden 0-0 Peru 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Saudi Arabia 0-3 Peru 3 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
W Peru 2-0 Scotland 30 May, 2018 International Friendly
W Iceland 1-3 Peru 28 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Peru 2-0 Croatia 24 Mar, 2018 International Friendly

Nigeria

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Denmark 2-0 Mexico 9 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Sweden 0-0 Denmark 2 Jun, 2018 International Friendly
D Denmark 0-0 Chile 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Denmark 1-0 Panama 22 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
L Denmark 2-3 Jordan 15 Jan, 2018 International Friendly

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

Check Also

France vs Croatia Preview

France have reached the finals 3 times in the last 6 major competitions while Croatia ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *