World Cup Quarter Final: Russia v Croatia

The last of the quarter finals will take place on Day 24, when hosts Russia take on Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Russia’s attack was brilliant in their opening 2 games, scoring a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia and then a 3-1 win over Egypt before succumbing to the might of Uruguay 3-0. Russia and Spain were locked at 1 all after time, but Russia won through on penalties 4-3 in a stunning result.

Croatia dominated their group, winning all 3 games, opening with a somewhat fortunate 2-0 victory over Nigeria. They then blitzed the highly fancied Argentina 3-0 in a stunning second half, before scoring a 90th minute goal to beat Iceland 2-1. Denmark and Croatia were at 1 all after just 4 minutes, but neither side could pull away. Croatia won 3-2 after penalties.

Lineups
Russia: Akinfeev; Kutepov, Kudryashov, Samedov, Zhirkov; Golovin, Kuyaev, Zobnin; Miranchuk, Smolov.
Croatia: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Corluka, Lovren, Vida; Badelj, Rakitic; Rebic, Modric, Perisic; Kramaric.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Croatia have won all of their last 5 games.

What should I be betting on?
Croatia to win a tight game. Don’t rule out the confident Russian’s taking it to penalties again though.

Wolf’s Prediction

Can the Russian fairy tale continue… They fought tooth and nail against Spain to force it to a shootout and were not going to lose with a boisterous crowd turning French legs into concrete slabs. Croatia will know that they cannot risk going to extra time and it is the reason why The Wolf thinks this will be a far more open encounter than expected. The Croatian attack has found the back of the net in all four matches and Russia haven’t exactly been a brick wall at the back. Russia have conceded in 11 of their last 12 matches and The Wolf cannot see them keeping out the trio of Modric, Rakitic and Perisic. Russia will play almost exclusively on the counter which means Lovren and Vida must be on high alert. The Wolf says that Croatia’s depth may hold the key. With the likes of Kovacic and Madzukic in the rotation, they have far more options when it comes to finding a late winner. Croatia to win in regulation.

Recommended Bets

Best: Croatia WIN ($2.20)
Other: HT/FT – Draw/Croatia ($5.00)
Value: Result and Both To Score – Croatia ($5.50)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on July 7. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on July 8th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides got through the last round with no injury concerns.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 3 games between these sides. The first 2 games were drawn before Croatia won the last and most recent clash 3-1 in 2015.

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