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Prediction: Croatia v Denmark

Posted on June 30, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Croatia win

Best Odds: 20/23

Bookmakers: Coral

Croatia and Denmark head into Sundays last-16 game at the World Cup in Nizhniy Novgorod, with both sides eying a place in the quarter-finals of Russia 2018.

Croatia

Croatia heads into this game as one of the form teams in Russia, having won all three of their group games against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. A 3-0 win over Argentina was a particularly eye-catching result.

The wins in the group stages mean that Zlatko Dalic’s side has picked up four consecutive wins, while also scoring at least twice in all four victories.

The Eastern European team have only ever made it to the knockout stages once, which was back in 1998 when they finished third-place in their first ever World Cup finals.

Team News

Dalic made a raft of changes to his starting line-up for their last group game. The first choice eleven will be restored for this clash. A number of players including the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Rakitic should all start in this clash. The aforementioned trio are just one booking away from a suspension, which would be terrible news for Dalic’s sidse should they progress to the last eight.

Denmark

Denmark did just enough to seal their place in the knockout stages, beating Peru before draws against Australia and France. World Cup 2018 will be the Scandinavians fourth appearance in the knockout stages of the competition.

The Danes best performance remains reaching the quarter-finals back in 1998 in France. The Scandinavians have not made the knockouts stages in 16 years, as they have failed to qualify for the last 16 in two of the previous three World Cups.

Age Hareide’s side are unbeaten in seven games, having recorded three wins and four draws. The key to that recent unbeaten run is their solid defence, as they have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven international games.

Team News

Lasse Schone and Andreas Christensen are competing to replace the injured William Kvist in the heart of midfielder. Winger Yussuf Poulsen is available again after serving a suspension and is likely to replace Martin Braithwaite.

Conclusion

Croatia have been one of the better teams of World Cup 2018 so far, while Denmark have been solid in defence. Dalic’s side should have enough quality to see off their Scandinavian opponents and book a place in the last eight of the competition.

Verdict: Croatia win

Best Odds: 20/23

Bookmakers: Coral

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