Tip Croatia - Nigeria
This will be the fifth time that Croatia takes on African opposition, and they have not lost to an African team before. In the last World Cup they thrashed a disorganized Cameroon side 4 – 0 while in their last warm up before heading to Russia they beat Senegal 2 – 1, the same margin they registered against Mali before and in the only game against an African team that they failed to win, they drew 2 – 2 with Egypt in 1999. This will be Croatia’s 18th World Cup game and they head to the clash on three losses in 10 matches and four clean sheets therein. They have 11 wins in their last 20 matches and have won three of their last seven competitive matches. Nigeria, on their part head to the clash on three losses, a draw and a win in their last five. They have not won any of their last four matches played out of Nigeria and boast of just one win in their last six matches. They have failed to score in three of their last six matches but have scored in eight of the last 10 matches they have played out of Nigeria. At the World Cup, Nigeria have managed just one win in the last 12 matches at the tournament. In their last 10 World Cup matches, Nigeria have kept just three clean sheets.
Key points Croatia - Nigeria
Nigeria have one win in six matches.
Croatia have 11 wins in 20 matches.
Croatia have never lost to an African side
Conclusion Croatia - Nigeria
In seven matches, Nigeria have failed to score twice or more, while Croatia, who rarely have a good start at the World Cup have been scoring quite a number goals in the run up to the tournament. They have never lost to an African side and gauging from their previous attacking returns, we could say they stand out as favorites. A bet on Nigeria to also get a goal sounds okay, which places this game as a very easy one to predict over 2.5 goals.
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Croatia Nigeria Prediction published on June 18, 2018