Russia vs Croatia
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Russia +278 / Croatia +124 -- Over/Under: 2
The host nation Russia will take on Croatia in the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Neither side would have expected to get this far and as a result, this is a big occasion for all the players involved. The World Cup is the most important tournament for every football player and these games are where legends are created so I am expected a very good game of football.
Russia showed a great fighting spirit in the round of 16 game against Spain. The host nation showed how important it is to not give up and that attitude has the potential to take the team deep into the competition. While it is hard to point out any superstars in the team, the team has still managed to win games. This is because the team is well built and every player seems to know his role in the side. This is a very effective tactic. This fixture will be another tough task for Russia but if they defend well then they have a good chance of making it to the next stage of the competition.
On the other side of the coin, Croatia will enter this match as favorites. This side is filled with amazing players such as Real Madrid superstar Luca Modric and FC Barcelona superstar Ivan Rakitic. The European side has already beaten top sides like Barcelona and Denmark in this tournament and are one of the few remaining teams to have won all their games. Beating Russia will not be an easy task since the host nation will get huge support but Croatia are very talented and have the potential to do so.
Predicting this game will not be easy but I am going to make a bold prediction and pick Russia to make it through to the next stage of the tournament. While Croatia have been very impressive, I think that Russia have a hunger that is unique. The crowd will be behind the hosts and the atmosphere will be immense. I think that will be enough to get Russia a victory.