Croatia vs Denmark preview, betting tips and prediction
Can Modric inspire the Croats again?
Croatia to win with over 2.5 goals @ 13/5 with Betfair
There weren’t too many people who had Croatia on their list of potential winners at the World Cup this summer, and while it still seems a little far-fetched for them to go all the way in Russia, more people are beginning to believe that the country’s “golden generation” can make a real impact well into the latter stages of the competition. Their midfield is, quite simply, one of the best in the world, with Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic working in tandem, with Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Badelj offering different options to manager Zlatko Dalic. Up front there are a lot of different options, too; Ivan Perisic scores the winner against Iceland to secure top spot ahead of Argentina in Group D, while Mario Mandzukic has a lot of experience too.
They face Denmark in the last 16 of the tournament on Sunday night. The Danes have been very sturdy and tough to beat so far, but don’t offer much going forward; Yussuf Poulsen and Nicolai Jorgensen should return to the side after they missed the 0-0 draw with France that secured Denmark’s place, but in reality, Croatia should have too much in defence and, particularly midfield, and we are backing them to reach the quarter finals. But Modric and Rakitic against Christian Eriksen will be a battle that nobody will want to miss.
In terms of goalscoring, our tip is Ivan Perisic anytime at 11/4. He is a goal threat, as he proved against Iceland, despite a rather ineffectual performance in the build up to his late goal. Because he is not an out and out striker, his odds are longer than the likes of Madzukic and Jorgensen; the Inter winger is most definitely worth a punt.
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