The Stadion Nizhny Novgorod is the venue where the clash between Croatia and Denmark will take place. With a 100% win rate so far at the World Cup 2018, Croatia are huge favorites here, but Denmark are surely planning to surprise the pundits. Do they have a joker up their sleeve that could bring them a win against Croatia? Find out in this match preview!
It’s not an overstatement to say that Croatia have been the most impressive team of all the teams at the World Cup so far. They won each of their three group games, including the last one, in which they didn’t need a win. They played against Iceland, a match in which their manager picked a majority of reserve players. So, even when they’re not completely focused on the game, Croatia seem capable of beating opponents.
But, as this is a Round of 16 duel, you can be sure that Zlatko Dalic’ boys will take it seriously. They will go into this match with a win on their minds. And in order to achieve that plan, they’re probably going to do their best to beat Denmark in the middle of the pitch.
Without any doubt, Croatia’s strongest weapon is their midfield. Players like Modric, Rakitic, and Kovacic seem capable of keeping the ball in their possession for the most of the match. This way, not only will they prevent Denmark to get in goal-scoring chances, but will also be able to create good chances for their attackers.
Attack is another segment of the game in which Croatia are strong. They have Mandzukic in the attack, supported by Perisic and Rebic. With such players in the team, Croatia fans have nothing to worry about their team’s chances against Denmark. Unless Denmark create a real wonder on Sunday evening…
Saying that Denmark are without any chances against Croatia would be stupid. They have some really good players in the squad, but more importantly, this side plays well as a team. They’re well-disciplined when it comes to defending and don’t make childish mistakes like many other teams do.
Denmark are also very strong in the midfield where they have one of the best-skilled players on the planet, Christian Eriksen. He and other Denmark midfielders will have to do their outmost to deal with Croatia’s men in the center of the pitch. If they succeed in this, they will have every right to hope for a good result.
But, can they score against Croatia? Surely they have a number of quality players in the team, but most of those players are defensive-minded. That’s why it’s not a big surprise that Denmark scored only 2 goals on this tournament. It seems to me that they will not change their philosophy too much ahead of this game. They’ll defend ferociously and look for their chances through pacey forwards like Sisto and Poulsen.
Subasic – Lovren, Vida, Vrsaljko, Strinic – Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic – Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic
Schmeichel – Kjaer, Christensen, Dalsgaard, Larsen – Erisken, Schone, Delaney – Sisto, Poulsen, Jorgensen
Croatia vs. Denmark Match Prediction
Croatia are big favorites here and there’s a reason for that – they have better players than Denmark. But, this is a World Cup game, where anything can happen. I think we’re going to see a big battle on the pitch, especially in the midfield. But, at the end of the match, I think Croatia players will be the ones celebrating.
Croatia vs. Denmark Betting Tips
- Croatia @1.90 (Unibet)
- Croatia to Advance to the Quarter Final @1.36 (bet365)