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Probable Lineups

4-2-3-1
4-2-3-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(6) 4 Goals 1 (3)
(3) 1 Assists 2 (2)
(7) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
29.4 Average Age 24.5
183.6 Average Height (cm) 182
(1.3) 1.4 Shots pg 1.6 (1.4)
(55%) 59% Aerial Duel Success 48% (47%)
(0.8) 1.2 Dribbles pg 1.6 (1.6)
(1.1) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.9 (2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in World Cup Grp. D.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status Rating
Leon Balogun Doubtful 6.85

Team News

  • Croatia have a wealth of riches in midfield, meaning Mateo Kovacic and Milan Badelj will have to settle for a place on the bench.
  • Nigeria look set to pick 19-year-old Francis Uzoho in goal for their World Cup campaign.
  • Wilfred Ndidi has overcome injury in time and will be fine to start for the Super Eagles.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa may have to settle for a place on the bench.
  • Leon Balogun missed training in the build up and remains a doubt.

Prediction

  • Croatia are favourites to finish in the top two positions in Group D. Zlatko Dalic's side, however, have only won two of their last five matches.
  • Nigeria have prepared poorly for the World Cup, losing both of their warm-up matches. They are winless in four games.
  • Croatia should have enough to overcome the Super Eagles and get their World Cup campaign off on the right note.
Prediction:
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User Predictions

Comments (27)

 
  • Can`t believe .Vrsaljko got the same rating as everybody else. Everthing he did was false. None of his crosses reached anything so that Mandzukic gave him s... for that. And on top of everything he ruined agood offensive situation by running and blocking into his own man ...

  • What I like about this Croatia team is that they are filled with warriors. On their good day, they could win any team in the world. Rebic looks like a younger version of Manzdukic with better technique. I really like how he fights for every single thing on the pitch. If Croatia had a better defensive line, I would have backed them to go really far.

  • @CirdomAkul Rebic looks like a younger version of OLIC with better technique.

  • rakitic GOATTTTT

  • @Lulzovich In what section ?

  • Nigeria to win

  • Nigeria to win

  • i see nigeria will not lose and winning this game.

  • Croatia to go along way in this tournament for me.

  • Croatia will be spurred on by the poor Argentina result.Croatia 3-0 Nigeria.

  • 2-1 Vida is joke not defender. Nigeria can score, but their defence is quite weak and gk teenager.

  • Croatia carries highly expection from the world with their star midfield line in this generation. However, they upset everyone at the same time in recent big campaigns.. the key would be the understanding and tactics between the line-up. They even has super striker Mandzukic and bright new star Kramaric.. such a Champion team, the only matters is how they build an attacking form with stability.. it would be nice to watch how they try to crack the African team’s defense 1:0 / 2:0

  • I really do miss Nigeria's Gold Team of yore. This one is just on a tour of Russia. In the time of Team Yekini with fellow stars like Amokachi, Amunike and Kanu we indeed had hope.

  • 3-1 Croatia

  • Nigeria should really go 3-4-3 imo (depending on Balogun's fitness). They were really open in the recent friendly against England before matching our formation and Croatia have a better midfield to take advantage of the gaps. Balogun could play RCB with Troost-Ekong in the middle. It would also allow Moses to play in his best position of RWB and Etebo his best position of LW. Iwobi can play on either wing equally well/poorly depending on what colour shirt he is wearing so I see no real disadvantages. The 4-2-3-1 is in vogue atm so I don't expect that to change. Croatia should have enough to win. I am predicting 3-1.

  • 2-1 Croats

  • nigeria have already won on fashion they are only waiting to back home

  • nigeria have already won on fashion they are only waiting to back home

  • Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Modric, Kramaric... Damn, this midflield... Outstanding. Croatia to win

  • Nigeria to win,Iwobi to score 1 goal

  • 2-1 , Modric score

  • 3-1 Croatia win

  • nigeria will not win

  • nigeria will not win

  • 1-1.

  • John Obi Mikel to win Golden Ball.

  • Croatia win -1