We take a look at the World Cup 2018 Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia on Sunday morning (08/07/2018). We take a look at both teams odds and give our tips and value tips for the World Cup 2018 Quarter Final match.
When: 04:00 | Sunday 08/07/2018
Watch: SBS HD
The fairytale continues for the host nation who fought hard to defeat Spain in the round of 16. La Furia Roja were certainly not without their defensive flaws and we think that Croatia are a more complete team and will make it very difficult for Russia to progress.
STAT: Our concern is the quality of the shots that Russia are taking as the World Cup progresses. In their first two matches (vs Egypt and Saudi Arabia) they had 10 shots on target. In their last two matches against more difficult opponents (vs Uruguay and Spain) they have managed just two. One of those was a penalty.
Croatia were given an opportunity to progress in extra time when Luka Modric stepped up to take a penalty in the 115th minute. Kasper Schmeichel made the save but it wasn’t enough with Denmark losing on penalties.
OMEN BET: For punters who like an omen bet the last five host nations to have featured in a quarter final have all made it to the semi-final (Italy, France, South Korea, Germany and Brazil). That would mean the Russian fairy tale isn’t over just yet!
The Vatreni (‘Blazers’) will need to step it up a gear against Russia. Against Argentina they looked like a World Cup Champion side but against Denmark they lacked fluidity in the midfield and appeared tired. We expect them to reflect on the round of 16 with relief and regroup.
FINAL SAY: Croatia will keep the pressure on Russia for a full 90 minutes. 10 of their last 12 goals in the World Cup have come in the final 45 minutes. We expect Croatia to find the form they showed against Argentina and win this match convincingly.
Tip: Croatia at $2.10
Value BET: Croatia 2-0 at $9.50
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change