Russia v Croatia Betting Tips
At the time that looked like a ridiculous expectation as Russia had gone seven games without winning before beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the first game of the tournament. Funny things can happen at the World Cup though and the hosts are now just one game away from making it to the final four.
Standing in Russia’s way are Croatia. They showed why some people tipped them as dark horses before the tournament with impressive wins over Argentina and Nigeria but limped over the line against Denmark courtesy of a penalty shootout.
Will Croatia improve on that most recent performance to show their class and take the match away from the hosts? Or can Russia keep the hopes of the host nation alive?
Russia to Frustrate Their Technical Opponents
Speaking after Russia’s humbling 3-0 defeat against Uruguay, Stanislav Cherchesov said that the loss could actually be a good thing for his players providing they learn the lessons learned that day.
That defeat appears to have done the trick as the Russia players stuck resolutely to the defensive tactics employed by Cherchesov in their round of 16 tie against Spain. It was hardly the most exciting football we’ve seen at the World Cup but Russia’s defensive organisation and work rate was impressive in its own way.
As well as giving everybody in Russia confidence, the performance against Spain can also serve as something of a template for the quarter-final. Like Spain, Croatia rely heavily on their creative midfield players and the best way to stop them is by denying them the space in which to operate.
Whereas Croatia need a big improvement from their round of 16 performance, Russia only need more of the same. That does make the hosts look a good bet to qualify at $2.50 with Unibet.
Don’t Expect an End to End Thriller in Sochi
There are thunderstorms in the weather forecast for Sochi on Friday. The skies won’t be the only thing providing drama as this should be intriguing but those neutrals hoping for another high scoring classic from this wonderful World Cup will surely be disappointed.
Both sides are stronger in midfield than they are in attack and the lack of a cutting edge should mean that goals will be at a premium at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.
That looks a pretty safe bet but a riskier option could be backing the 0-0 correct score at $6.50 with bookmaker.com.au. There is every chance that Russia’s defensive tactics could take this beyond the 90 minutes and a goalless draw is far from out of the question.
If you agree with us both that the match is going to go past normal time and that Russia will get the win, why not bet on the hosts to win on penalties at $14 with Palmerbet? They were content to take their chance from 12 yards against Spain and, backed by thousands of fans in Sochi, could just squeeze through again.
Russia v Croatia Top Betting Tips
Russia to qualify at $2.5 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals at $1.47 with Bet365
0-0 correct score at $6.50 with bookmaker.com.au
Russia to win on penalties at $14 with Palmerbet