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Prediction: Iceland vs Croatia

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Croatia win.

Best odds: 5/4.

Bookmaker: Bet365.

Iceland and Croatia will meet in the third round of group D on Tuesday evening in Rostov-on Don, with their respective chances of progressing to the knockout stages very far apart.

Iceland

The likeable Icelanders put in a strong, disciplined performance to deny group favourites Argentina in their opener, holding the two-time World Champions to a 1-1 draw in a dramatic fashion. Unable to do the same against a highly motivated Nigeria team in round two, they now face certain elimination unless they book three points here.

The Team

We’ve seen on more than one occasion what this Iceland is capable of achieving through their strong discipline at the back. However, needing to win this game they will have to show quality going forward as well, and that’s something they haven’t quite been able to do so far.

Much will depend on Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and his ability to organize their attacks.

Croatia

The 1998 bronze-medal winners have shown that once again they are a truly formidable team. As expected, they outplayed Nigeria in the first round, but the way they utterly beat Argentina afterwards was extremely impressive. They’ve mathematically secured a place in the round of 16, and it would take a heavy defeat in this match and a big win for Nigeria over Argentina for them not to finish top of the group.

The Team

Coach Zlatko Dalić has revealed he plans to give some of his stars a rest. Attackers Mario Madžukić and Ante Rebić, along with midfielder Ivan Rakitić and defender Šime Vršaljko, are likely to be the ones rested as they all carry yellow cards. But with Marcelo Brozović suspended for this clash, it will be interesting to see if Dalić decides to give the day off to Luka Modrić too.

Things to bear in mind:

  • The two teams have so far met six times, with Croatia winning four, Iceland one, and one game ending without a winner.
  • Iceland’s need for points in this game is far greater.
  • Croatia are set to rest players.

Prediction: Croatia win.

Best odds: 5/4.

Bookmaker: Bet365.

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