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World Cup 2018 | Croatia v Nigeria Tips | 16th June 2018

GROUP D of the 2018 World Cup continues on Saturday night as Croatia take on Nigeria in Kaliningrad. Adam Goodwin shares his thoughts on the best betting angle.

 

Croatia v Nigeria | Saturday 16th June 2018, 20:00 | ITV

 

On paper, you could claim that Croatia’s starting XI is amongst the best in the tournament. Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric are just a few names that will line-up against Nigeria on Saturday evening, hoping to get their World Cup off to a good start.

Nigeria also have some illustrious names amongst their squad – former and current Chelsea players John Obi-Mikel and Victor Moses included. Their friendly against England almost a fortnight ago showed the unpredictably of the Super Eagles, their second-half was a surprising improvement after a dreadful first-half.

Croatia to win 1-0

 

Nigeria’s warm-up games for the World Cup haven’t been ideal. Along with their 2-1 loss at Wembley, they drew 1-1 Congo DR and lost 1-0 to Czech Republic – both of whom haven’t qualified for this tournament.

Croatia, on the other hand, beat Mexico and Senegal and look in good nick to start off their World Cup campaign with a win. In qualifying, ten of their 12 matches featured one or two goals and they only scored over 1.5 goals in 4/12 (33%) games. Croatia are set to start Nikola Kalinic up-front and he scored just six goals for AC Milan last season. With that in mind, the 1-0 correct score line looks appealing.

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