By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 1st July 2018
Croatia vs Denmark, Round of 16
Sunday 1st July 2018
Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod
Live on ITV
Croatia vs Denmark odds
Danish Dynamite meanwhile slugged past Group C with two draws and a 1-0 victory over Peru. Consequently, Denmark’s odds are placed at 9/2.
The odds of the score tied after 90 minutes is betting at 11/5.
Croatia vs Denmark team news
Denmark midfielder William Kvist may play some part against Croatia this evening after suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung during Denmark’s opening Group C match against Peru.
Danish Winger Yussuf Poulsen is also available to start following a one match suspension served against France.
Croatia rested nine first team players for the draw against Iceland, and are likely to recall the majority of these to the starting line-up against Denmark this evening.
Mario Mandzukic, Marcelo Brozovic, Vedran Corluka, Ante Rebic, Ivan Rakitic and Sime Vrsaljko were all one yellow card away from being suspended for this fixture so did not start against Iceland.
In fact, only Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric remained from the side that beat Argentina 3-0 with Dalic’s rotations proving to be a success.
Danish Dynamite are into the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time since 2002 and are unbeaten in their past 18 games but the mood around the side is much different.
Christian Eriksen aside, their team has been criticised by Danish fans and media alike for being dull and pragmatic.
Their 0-0 against France was the first goalless draw at the World Cup for 36 games. However, coach Age Hareide was defiant in his approach, insisting tonight’s game will be different story.
“It will be absolutely different against Croatia, we will attack,” Said Hareide.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic took charge with one World Cup qualification match remaining but has already made a lasting impression by topping his group, finishing four points ahead of Argentina.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic: “We have three wins, nine points, with a goal difference of 7-1. That only goal we got was from the penalty, so we have to be happy.
“The first place was our goal, we did it. I am convinced that this game in the Round of 16 will not be our end, we are waiting for Sunday to show the true power, this is the day of truth for us.”
Croatia vs Denmark match stats
Neither Croatia nor Denmark have conceded from open play during the 2018 World Cup, with both sides conceding just a single goal via the penalty spot during the group stages.
The Blazers have reached the knock-outs for only the second time after 1998 – the year they finished third, their best ever performance.
Danish Dynamite have reached the knockout stages for the fourth time in five appearances after 1986, 1998 and 2002. However, they have gone past the round of 16 only once previously, back in 1998 when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Brazil.
Croatia and Denmark previously met in a major tournament only once before, back at the Euro 1996 group stages which saw the Croats run out on top 3-0 thanks to goals from legend Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban. Their overall head to head record is perfectly balanced with two wins each and one draw.
Six of the Croat’s seven goals at this year’s World Cup have been scored in the second-half. Also, five of their last six shots on target have found the back of the net.
Croatia vs Denmark key players to watch
Croatia captain Luka Modric is 16/5 to score anytime against Denmark, whereas his midfielder partner Ivan Rakatic is 4/1 to notch.
Denmark will need playmaker Christian Eriksen to deliver against this fluent Croatian team if they are to stand a chance of progressing to the quarter finals. Eriksen’s odds of scoring at anytime is 7/2.
Ivan Perisic scored a later winner against Iceland, his third goal at the World Cup finals for Croatia – only Davor Suker (6) has scored more.
Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic was the star of the show against Iceland as he came in for the rested Ivan Rakitic.
In 82 minutes he completed 78 of his 79 passes (99%), took 98 touches and won four tackles in a man of the match performance.
The odds are Luka Modric will play against Denmark, if so he’ll equal Darijo Srna as the Croat with most appearances at major tournaments (18). Dejan Lovren claimed his team-mates would “probably win the Balon D’or if he was German or Spanish.”
Christian Eriksen is the only Danish player to have had more than one shot on target so far at the 2018 World Cup (4). He’s scored 13 goals and delivered five assists in his last 16 games for Denmark.
Kasper Schmeichel saved 12 of the 13 shots on target he faced in the group stages, only conceding one goal (from a penalty). He has also already kept more clean sheets for Denmark at the World Cup (2 in 3 games) than his father Peter (1 in 5 games).