Free World Cup Pick: Croatia vs Denmark
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Croatia vs. Denmark
Date: Saturday, July 1st
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: Croatia -120, Denmark +400, Draw +230
World Cup Spread Betting Odds: Croatia -1/2 (-125)
World Cup Betting Total: 2
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It is no surprise that Croatia has advanced to the knockout stage of the tournament but I did not see many who predicted that they would take Group D by winning all three matches.
Denmark also did not lose during the group stage finishing behind France in Group C. Their play was not nearly as inspired.
It is hard to find much to quibble with in terms of Croatia performance in the group stage. They not only won all three matches but only conceded one goal. Even if their essentially meaningless game against Iceland the last time out they were able to control the action.
The Croatians have talent and they are able to get their key players the ball in spots where they can do something with it.
Playing Iceland in their last match, regardless of the circumstances was a good preparation for this contest. Denmark and Iceland have similar styles in terms of being very solid defensively and hoping to lull you into some plays upon which they can counter.
Croatia was patient, not scoring the winning goal against Iceland until the 90th minute. Ivan Perisic netted it, showing some of the striker talent that Croatia has.
Denmark advances to the knockout stage on the strength of two draws and a win. It was impressive the way they were able to hold powerful France scoreless in a draw and really it came down to beating Peru 1-0 to get enough points to advance.
It was not exciting to watch with just two goals scored over the three matches.
Christian Eriksen, who plays for Tottenham is the lead player for the Danes. In that sense they are similar to Croatia whose best player is also a midfielder – Luka Modric. Eriksen was able to find the back of the net against Australia leading to a draw against the Socceroos.
Even though the strategy failed for Iceland the Danes will look to employ a similar tactic, with all of the marbles on the line in this one. The goal is to let Croatia force the action and be able to defend and respond.
They are more than comfortable letting this game go on for a while without a score. If they get behind though it is going to be very difficult for them to force the action.
Free Croatia vs. Denmark World Cup Prediction:
Croatia was installed as a significant favourite and deservedly so. Most of the big clubs have been disappointing so far and they might be the nation that has shown the most to this point. A 7-1 goal differential over three games shows they are not just winning by small margins.
-120 is hardly a huge payoff but at least you would get some return for your money. I am not going to say that Croatia is a team of destiny at this point but they are more than capable of getting a tidy win over Denmark. The Danes are not the squad to derail them.
4* Free World Cup Betting Pick: Croatia to win
Croatia gets the benefit of finishing in the top spot and avoiding France at this stage. It gives them a great chance to see if they can equal their best showing at the World Cups since 1998 when they were a surprising third.
Since then they have failed to even advance past the group stage.
World Cup Free Score Prediction: Croatia 2 – Denmark 1
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