Croatia vs Denmark – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score: Croatia 1 – 1 Denmark
Croatia win on penalties (3 – 2)
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1st July 2018 – 19.00 GMT
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod
Croatia emerged from a potentially tricky Group D with maximum points. Having scored seven goals and conceded just once, Zlatko Dalic’s men have established themselves as dark horses to lift the World Cup trophy. The Croats remain unbeaten since Dalic took over at the back end of the qualification campaign.
But Denmark will be stern opposition. Age Hareide’s side haven’t lost since way back in October 2016 and are tough to break down. The Danes never really got going in the group stage, with Australia and Peru lacking the quality to make Christian Eriksen and his team mates sweat. There’s no doubt, they’ll have to this weekend.
Croatia are odds-on favourites to win inside normal time but the best value is with the draw at 12/5.
Just two of Denmark’s last nine outings have been decided by more than one goal, with boss Hareide considering keeping clean sheets a priority. Croatia have been similarly solid, keeping four clean sheets in the six competitive games for which Dalic has been in charge.
Croatia have been the more consistent scorers, though, scoring ten times in their last six games compared to Denmark’s return of four in the same period. With the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings, you’ll always back Croatia to find goals. A 1-0 Croatia win is at 23/5 with 888Sports.
Denmark have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches, with the only goal they’ve conceded in that period coming from a dubious penalty kick in the World Cup match against Australia.
Croatia will need to keep an eye on their opponents’ key man Christian Eriksen and, at the same time, will come up against a much more capable defence than anything they have faced so far in Russia. Under 1.5 goals is at 17/10.
• Ten of Croatia’s last 11 World Cup finals goals have been scored in the second half
• Denmark have gone 18 matches without defeat