Place: Russia. Fisht Olympic Stadium. Sochi.
Date: on the 07th of July, 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, ¼ finals
Stanislav Cherchesov’s team has managed to surprise the whole football world, having won over Spain. The match of the 1/8 finals between Russia and Spain was full of drama, fight, and happy end. And we don’t even mind that brightness of the show has been sacrificed to result and the game demonstrated by two teams could be described by the term “anti-football”. But now it is possible to say that the home tournament for Russia is successful and the match against Croatia can mean to the football players one more step on the way to World recognition. The game of Russia is built on working capacity, all players run far bigger distance, than the rivals every match and by this fact they compensate the advantage in a class.
Also it is impossible not to mention such football players as Zobnin, Golovin, Kutepov, Akinfeev and Dzyuba. Stanislav Cherchesov uses the compact tactical scheme without vivid wings and thanks to this fact the center of the field is well protected and the game of the football players is good enough for fighting against best national teams.
The Blazers have experienced very difficult game against Denmark and Croatia didn’t seem to be strong or well-organized. Nevertheless, the result is pleasant for this national team: they won in a series of after match penalties, as well as Russia did and both teams have got into the quarterfinal. For Croatia Russia as a rival in frames of the quarterfinal is very convenient as Croatia is good at playing against not the most skilled teams which are famous for being well organized on the football field.
The matter is that the squad is really strong and all positions are well-organized. The most experienced fighters including football players of the world class such as Modrić, Rakitić, Subašić, Mandžukić and Perišić can be seen and on the football field. Also Zlatko Dalić always has some players to strengthen the game of the team, as Croatia has such football players as Pjaca, Brozović, Kramarić, Kovačić and others.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Russia vs. Croatia
Bookmakers prefer in this match Croatia, having estimated the victory with coefficient 2.27. Russia to win is estimated by bookmakers for 3.86, and draw -3.20. Thus, the advantage of Croats is minimum, caused by higher FIFA ranking and the squad full of stars.
Total betting from bookmakers is as follow: total over 2.5 for 2.77, total under 2.5 for 1.53.
We believe that Russia will demonstrate the similar game as in a case with Spain; similar football players. Croatia will try to be more aggressive, than in a match against Denmark but also will be very attentive near the gate as every missed goal at a stage of the playoffs can become fatal.