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Croatia v Nigeria betting tips, predictions, lineups and odds (World Cup - Group D - 16.6.2018)

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Croatia and Nigeria will be aiming to get off to a winning start when they lock horns in their Russia 2018 opening match at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday night. Check out below our Croatia vs Nigeria betting preview with predictions, betting tips, starting lineups, team news, highest odds, betting offers and no deposit free bets on the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

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Croatia have the best midfield of the tournament

Croatia had a roller-coaster qualifying campaign which saw them finish second to Iceland in their respective group. The Blades dispatched Greece 4-1 on aggregate in a dominated play-off. Prior to that, they won 2-0 in Ukraine in Zlatko Dalic's first game in charge. Since then, they  suffered a 2-0 defeat against Peru and won 1-0 against Mexico back in March. In June's friendlies, they lost 2-0 at the hands of tournament favourites Brazil and beat 2-1 Senegal last week.

Zlatko Dalic a wealth of riches in midfield. Ivan Rakitic will likely play in a defensive midfield position alongside Marcelo Brozovic, meaning Mateo Kovacic and Milan Badelj will have to settle for a place on the bench. Andrej Kramaric impressing in World Cup warm-up matches and should join Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric in the offensive midfield trio behind Mario Mandzukic. Ante Rebic showed fantastic displays in warm-up friendlies and he is a further options upfront.

Nigeria's squad is the youngest in the whole World Cup

Nigeria produced pacey, energetic performances throughout qualifying - winning their group by five points ahead of second placed Zambia - but they have been unable to carry their impressive form over to subsequent international friendlies. In fact, the Super Eagles have prepared poorly for the World Cup. They are winless in four games and lost both of their warm-up matches against England (2-1) and Czech Republic (1-0). Furthermore, they managed to beat Poland 1-0 in an international Friendly last March but lost to Serbia 2-0 a couplay of days later.

Injury forced Moses Simon to pull out of the Super Eagles squad, although Wilfried Ndidi is fit to play despite concerns over his fitness. Nigeria look set to pick 19-year-old Francis Uzoho in goal for their World Cup campaign. Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been preferred to Kelechi Iheanacho in recent fixtures, which suggests that the Leicester City man will likely start on the bench.  Alex Iwobi are expected to be handed key midfield roles for the Super Eagles, providing support for Ighalo. In defense, Leon Balogun missed training in the build up and remains a doubt. Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi and Idowu should all feature from the off at the back.

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Croatia v Nigeria Starting Lineups   

Croatia (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Strinic; Brozovic, Rakitic; Kramaric, Modric, Perisic; Mandzukic

Nigeria (4-5-1): Uzoho; Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Abdullahi, Idowu; Ndidi, Onazi; Iwobi, Mikel, Moses; Ighalo

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