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29 Jun 2018 by TSZ

2018 FIFA World Cup – Croatia vs Denmark Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 1st July, 19:00

Where? Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

CROATIA

  • Croatia were one of just three teams to have a 100% winning record in the group stage which was impressive given the quality of opponents.
  • Coach Zlatko Dalic rotated significantly in the final group match with Iceland but they still managed to win and produce a good performance.
  • He will bring back all his regular starters here with the only decision to make in midfield but Brozovic should get the nod ahead of Badelj.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Subasic

Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic

Rakitic, Brozovic

Perisic, Modric, Rebic;

Mandzukic

Unavailable: N. Kalinic

Doubtful: None

DENMARK

  • Denmark played out a bore draw with France to seal their place in the Round of 16 but they will have to play better against in-form Croatia.
  • Poulsen is back after suspension and is likely to return in place of Braithwaite on the right which may be Hareide's only change.
  • Kvist has returned to Russia but is still a major injury doubt so Christensen may well play in midfield once again ahead of Schone.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Schmeichel

Dalsgaard, M. Jorgensen, Kjaer, Larsen

Christensen, Delaney; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto

N. Jorgensen

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Kvist

THE PREDICTION

The key to Denmark's success in getting this far has been in keeping their matches tight and they will approach this game cautiously too against the talented Croatian team. Do not expect many goals in this one for that reason so under 2.5 goals is tempting here.

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