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Arsenal considering late window move for centre-back 0

Posted on August 08, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the London Standard, Arsenal are considering a late window bid of around £26.9million for Besiktas and Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida. The Turkish club are understood to be willing to sell the 29-year-old this summer.

Vida in-demand

Vida impressed at the World Cup and helped his country to the final, where they suffered a 4-2 defeat. Alongside legend in his own lunchtime Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, the defender formed a formidable central defensive partner for Zlatko Dalic’s side.

Vida’s performances in Russia reportedly attracted the interest of Premier League duo Everton and Liverpool. It seems Arsenal were also impressed by the centre-backs displays. The defender is believed to fancy a move to England and the Premier League.

Prediction: France vs Croatia – World Cup Final 0

Posted on July 14, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: France win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: bet365

After one of the most entertaining international tournaments in recent memory, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will finally come to an end tomorrow night at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France and Croatia are the two teams who have made their way through six gruelling games in order to get to the final, and now, they’re just 90 minutes away from becoming the world champions. Both have what it takes to cross the finish line, but in the end, there can only be one.

Prediction: Croatia vs England 0

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Croatia win

Best Odds: 5/2

Bookmaker: bet365

We’ve arrived at the semi-final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup, and very few people could’ve imagined that this would be the final four we’d end up with. France, Belgium, Croatia and England are all in with a phenomenal chance of becoming world champions, but only one nation can fulfil that prophecy. The French and the Belgians will kick things off tonight, and then tomorrow, the second place in the World Cup final will be determined as dark horses Croatia and England battle it out.

Prediction: Russia vs Croatia 0

Posted on July 06, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Draw (Croatia win on penalties)

Best Odds: 21/10

Bookmaker: bet365

We’ve arrived at the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and what a journey it’s been. In arguably the most unpredictable international tournament of the last few decades, we’re set to see an unfancied team make it all the way to the World Cup final – but the question remains as to who that will be. Two of the leading contenders are hosts Russia and Croatia’s golden generation, as the two prepare to battle it out this weekend in the biggest game these players have likely ever been involved in.

Prediction: Croatia v Denmark 0

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.

Prediction: Iceland vs Croatia 0

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.

Prediction Argentina v Croatia 0

Posted on June 19, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Draw

Best Odds: 12/5

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Thursday night, Argentina and Croatia clash in a potentially crucial clash in Group D of the World Cup. A win for either side could be pivotal in deciding who makes the knockout stages of the group.

Both sides head into this clash unbeaten in five World Cup games, including qualifiers, so this could be a tight encounter.

Argentina

Argentina headed into World Cup 2018 with a number of concerns surrounding their team. Many of those concerns were confirmed in their opening match, as La Albiceleste drew 1-1 with Iceland after Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved.

Prediction: Croatia vs Nigeria 1

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Croatia win

Best odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Coral

Croatia and Nigeria open their World Cup campaigns against each other. The game should be an interesting clash of European and African football, though a lot of Nigerians also play in Europe. The two teams play in group D of the tournament, which also contains one of the title favourites Argentina and Iceland, one of the nicest surprises of Euro 2016.

The strength of the group’s remaining two teams will certainly represent strong motivation for both sides, and the fact that both Croatia and Nigeria like to play attacking football is also promising.

Arsenal rumoured to be in bid for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Standard, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to solve their striker woes ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to injury and could well be without Olivier Giroud for the opening game of the coming campaign which means manager Arsene Wenger needs another experienced attacker.

Mandzukic is said to be on their radar due to his playing style. Capable of spearheading the frontline, the 30-year-old is a towering striker who can bring others into the attack and provides the physicality and work rate to put opposition defenders under pressure. Mandzukic scored and created 14 goals in 24 Serie A starts, and won 65% of his aerial duels last season.

Mario or Mario: Who should Arsenal sign? 1

Posted on June 21, 2014 by David Nugent

The Daily Mirror is reporting on the future of two reported Arsenal targets today. They claim that Bayern Munich and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic could be set to snub a move to north London and return to former club Wolfsburg this summer.

The Mirror also reports that the Gunners could sign AC Milan and Italy striker Mario Balotelli for £29.5million this summer.

Prolific

Mandzukic has a prolific scoring record in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and more recently Bayern Munich. The striker scored a brace in Croatia’s 4-0 World Cup victory over Cameroon in Group A. The 28-year-old missed the opening game against hosts Brazil and was greatly missed.



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