Croatia vs Denmark
2018 World Cup Round of 16
Date: Sunday, 1 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Nizhny Novgorod.
- Croatia are the first side to win the group with the 100 per cent record at this World Cup.
- They are the most pleasant surprise of the tournament having finished the group phase with a fine 7-1 goal difference.
- Can the Blazers build on such display and make a deep run in Russia?
- Denmark stand as their first obstacle in the knockout phase.
Croatia vs Denmark Match Preview
Croatia have been one of the most impressive sides in the group stage and they deservedly come into the last 16 round tie with Denmark as clear favorites to progress.
Nonetheless, it should by no means be a one-way street from the very start to the end as the Scandinavians have their own weapons capable of hurting any outfit in the world on their day.
The Blazers topped the tough Group D without breaking a sweat, having win all of three ties with an impressive 7-1 goal difference along the way. They’ve finally justified the tag of a team with world-class midfield and we’d not be shocked to see them go deep at the tournament.
Luka Modric had an exceptional season winning the third consecutive Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and he seems to have brought the winning mentality to the national side.
Luka is a genuine leader on the pitch as he makes the best midfield duo in the world together with Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona. The center of the park is backed up with high-profile players of Italian Serie A, Juve’s Mario Mandzukic and Inter’s Ivan Perisic, who have all enjoyed their bright moments throughout group stage matches.
The Croats are now up against a stern Denmark who can be a very tough nut to crack in spite of showing lame build-up play moving forward in the Group C.
The Scandinavians continued to be very tough to break down. They kept four clean sheets on the bounce in pre-World Cup friendlies and moved on to conceded just one goal in three group stage matches in Russia.
However, Age Hareide’s men did nothing in the final third, relying heavily on the moment of magic from their stalwart Christian Eriksen.
Croatia vs Denmark Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Croatia Team News
- Zlatko Dalic fulfilled the promise and changes 9 of 11 first team regulars for the final group stage clash with Iceland.
- It did not stop roaring Croatia from winning as they ended the group with the 100 per cent record thanks to goals from Milan Badelj and Ivan Perisic.
- We can expect the same line-up which cruised past Argentina 3-0 in the second round.
Croatia Predicted Starting Eleven (4-1-4-1)
Subasic – Strinic, Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko – Brozovic – Perisic, Modric, Rakitic, Rebic – Mandzukic.
Denmark Team News
- Lasse Schone, Nicolai Jorgensen and Yussuf Poulsen all skipped the last round tie with France.
- We can expected this trio to find their place in the starting line-up against Croatia.
- The squad should be very similar to the one that drew 1-1 to Australia in the second round in Age Hareide’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Denmark Predicted Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Schmeichel – Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Dalsgaard – Delaney, Schone – Sisto, Eriksen, Poulsen – Jorgensen..
Croatia vs Denmark Head-to-head
Teams have two wins apiece ahead of their sixth head to head tie. This one will certainly be by far the most important of all as they are set to lock horns in a World Cup affair for the first time ever.
Croatia clinched a demolishing 3-0 victory in their first ever encounter with the Danes, in the group phase of EURO 1996 in England. Davor Suker bagged a brace back then, while Milan’s legend Zvonimir Boban added one himself.
Denmark were more successful in the WC Qualifications ahead of the tournament in France 1998, claiming four points from two ties with the Blazers back then. Both teams qualified for the competition as Croatia went on to win the bronze medal, their best record ever at a major tournament.
Teams then bagged a win each in two friendlies, Denmark winning in 1999 and Croatia coming on top in 2004.
Croatia vs Denmark Predictions
Both outfits progressed from their respective groups after conceding just a goal apiece along the way. Given the clash has a massive importance, we can hardly imagine a goal fest in Nizhniy Novgorod, meaning the Under 2.5 goals FT has to be the main betting call, set at the odds of 1.50.
As for the outcome, we’d not even be surprised to see a goalless draw with Denmark expected to park the bus and try and lead the game into extra-time against the stronger opposition.
We don’t believe the Croats will rush for an early goal either which is why the goalless first half looks like a decent option at 2.25. It is important to mention that Croatia scored 10 of their last 11 goals in the second half, meaning draw at the half time and Croatia’s win at the end look attractive at 4.33.
Predicted Full-Time Result is Croatia edging past Denmark with a single goal to make the difference.
Croatia vs Denmark Betting Tips
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.25.
HT/FT – Draw/Croatia @ 4.33.
Correct FT Score: 1-0 Croatia @ 5.50.