Host Russia is still part of the World Cup 2018 – who would have thought about that? The Russians will face Croatia in the quarter-finals on Saturday. However, Croatia is still one of the surprising teams in the tournament, they still perform incredible good. Therefore, we bet on a victory of Croatia. The match will kick off at 8:00 PM CET on Saturday.
Russia with great confidence – Underdog in the betting tip
Russia was in the group stage with teams like Uruguay, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The hosts of the World Cup finished 2nd right behind Uruguay. In the round of 16, they had to take on Spain. Already in the twelfth minute, the Russians were behind by an own goal. However, they managed to get their act together and were rewarded: Shortly before halftime, Russia managed to convert a penalty and was able to even the game out. The second half was rather uneventful. Therefore, they went into additional time and shortly after into penalty shootout. Russia was able to rely on their mental strength and surprisingly moved into the quarter-finals. With their own supporters behind them, a lot seems possible for the Russians. Nevertheless, in our betting tip, we expect a loss of Russia.
Croatia with experience and quality – Fancied team
Even though Croatia has a strong team, almost no expert had them on their mind. In the group stage, they won three consecutive games against Nigeria, Argentina, and Iceland. Next up was Denmark, but they managed to defeat after penalties. Being on that side of the bracket, they can make it to the finals. The squad is known for their will to fight and their quality players. The game against Russia will be a special one since they are the hosts and have their fans behind them. Due to the fact that Croatia has the experience on their side, we expect them to win.
Betting Tip Russia vs. Croatia
Russia is the underdog with odds between 3.60 and 4.00. Croatia is the fancied team with odds varying from 2.15 to 2.25. A draw after 90 minutes would pay out between 2.90 and 3.20. Nevertheless, in our betting tip, we see Croatia in the lead due to their experience.