Will Croatia emerge as a strong force to be reckoned with in 2018 World Cup finals? Do they have what it takes to play the role of a dark horse? Here is our World Cup 2018 Croatia predictions.
Croatia begin their quest for glory when they take on Nigeria in their opening game on June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium, according to online sportsbook news in Croatia. They would be hoping to better their third-place performance in 1998, but they must negotiate their way past Nigeria, Argentina, and Iceland in Group D. Such mission is not far-fetched, at least on paper. Some even think that Croatia’s 2018 World Cup squad has the golden generation – especially in the midfield, which fits with our World Cup 2018 Croatia predictions that opt for the Blazers to advance to later stages. Thus, how far would they go?
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Bringing Back Croatia’s Old Days
The 1998 World Cup is the one Croatian fans treasure more than any other, according to online sportsbook news in Croatia. Coming just seven years after the country celebrated independence from Yugoslavia, Davor Suker was the leading goalscorer at the tournament in France and Croatia finished in third place.
Interestingly at that time, they have reached the World Cup finals via the play-offs, similarly as they did this time when beating Greece (4-1) on aggregate to qualify. They also look very strong as they did in 1998. When Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic join together, they will make up for a formidable side. It will be disappointing if they fail to progress with the amount of talent they have in hand.
Croatia to Emerge as a Dark Horse
Croatia are in a tough group alongside Argentina, Iceland, and Nigeria. Following their opening match against Nigeria, they will play Argentina on the 21st, and finally meet against Iceland on 26th. Our World Cup 2018 Croatia predictions opt for Croatia to go through to the knockout stages without much trouble from this group. You can bet on that with (1.490) odds at
Pinnacle Sportsbook. Yet leading the group will need Croatia to topple down one of strong World Cup contenders Argentina. Do you think Croatia would emerge as a dark horse and lead the Group D? At Pinnacle Sportsbook the odds are 3.100 for yes, while 1.380 for no.
World Cup 2018 Croatia predictions: Outright Winners
It will be a surprise if we recommend you to bet on Croatia to win 2018 World Cup in Russia. However that does not mean the Blazers aren’t sitting on the table among the top ten candidates at Pinnacle Sportsbook. Croatia appear on the 9th spot among the 32 with (31.210) odds, behind Portugal and above several strong teams such as Colombia, Uruguay and Sweden. If you’re Croatian enthusiast and believe in 2018 World Cup to bring new champions, then go ahead bet on Croatia and make your 2018 World Cup full of suspense.