Russia vs Croatia Today’s Soccer Prediction
It looks like a close quarterfinal, where the Croatian playmaker Luka Modric can be crucial. The Russian hosts fought bravely against Spain, but had few offensive actions and could under pressure against Croatian star players.
Croatia has creative profiles like Modric, Rakitic and Perisic to take the initiative in battle.
The Croats have physics to win the close combat against the Russians, who had difficulty against both Uruguay and Spain.
The Russian defense (especially Ignashevich) has difficulty following. It may cost punishment or expulsion.
Spain ended with a 75% ball possession against Russia, which was forced to stand deep.
The same pattern we can experience is where Croatia is going to emerge and create the struggle.
Croatia was struggling against Denmark for several periods of the match.
There was not enough speed in the match game and failed to put Denmark under pressure.
The runaway Russian players can be shut down for the Croatians with a massive defense wall.
The support of the fans and the triumph against Spain can boost the Russian players.
Russians have defender Smolnikov back from quarantine after expulsion against Uruguay.
Prediction Today: X or Croatia with 1 goal