FIFA World Cup 2018 : Russia vs Croatia – Preview, Line Up, Betting Odds and TV Guide

Croatia are rated as one of the dark horses to clinch the World Cup glory. Russia will be looking to Spoil their party.


The World Cup has already produced a lot of surprises and after last night’s two quarter-finals, it is safe to say that the Cup is gonna be won by an European nation. In the last of the quarterfinals tonight, Hosts Russia will once again be roared on by the thunderous crowd at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi when they take on the dark horses Croatia.

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If Sweden are the surprise packages of the World Cup 2018, the hosts Russia won’t be lagging too far behind. After a blistering 5-0 start to the world cup against Saudi Arabia on the opening night, the Russians have knocked out Egypt and Spain since. Their win against the 2010 champions was their biggest in history as an independent nation. They have been very impressive as a team and have taken full benefit of the home advantage. Their record cap winning captain have inspired the relatively inexperienced bunch of players from the country of revolution.

Croatia on the other hand, have been the Dark Horses ever since 2002. In spite of boasting of a handful of talented players over the years, the Croatian team have not lived up to the expectations ever since. But the new look 2018 team is making the nation dream again. After topping the group consisting of Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland with 3 wins out of 3, the Croatian fans all over are dreaming that the East European nation can finally achieve the dream of global supremacy.

Russia vs Croatia Injury and Suspension:

Neither of the teams will miss any players due to suspension.
Russia will, however, be without injured forward Alan Dzagoev for the match. Former Chelsea FC man Yuri Zhirkov will also be carrying a calf injury into the match.
Croatia will also miss Mateo Kovacic due to a shoulder injury.

Russia vs Croatia Line-Ups:

Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba

Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic

Russia vs Croatia Key Players:

Hosts Russia will be banking upon their pre-quarterfinal hero and skipper, CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev under the bar. Legendary Russian defender Sergei Ignashevich will be leading the back line with Mario Fernandez, Ilya Kutepov and Yuri Zhirkov. Villarreal CF midfielder Dennis Cheryshev and CSKA Moscow star Aleksandar Golovin will be bossing the midfield for the hosts, while Artem Dzyuba will lead the front line.

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Croatia will be banking on AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic after his heroics won them the penalty shootout against Denmark. Liverpool FC defender Dejan Lovren will be hoping to continue his top form at the back alongside Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be bossing the midfield for the Croats. Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic and Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic are the ones Croatia will be banking on for goals.

Russia vs Croatia Latest Form:

Russia: W-W-L-W-D

Croatia: D-L-W-W-W

Russia vs Croatia Betting Odds:

Russia: 14/5

Draw: 21/10

Croatia: 6/5

Russia vs Croatia Telecast and Live Streaming:

The game is scheduled on Saturday from 11:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony network and also in the Sony Liv app. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.