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The World Cup 2018 match featuring Nigeria and Croatia.  Betting odds and game preview.A Group D match between Croatia and Nigeria is set to take place on Saturday afternoon in Russia.

Group D consists of Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Most expect that Argentina will win the group while Croatia will finish in second place, though both Iceland and Nigeria are certainly capable of a surprise. For a Croatian side that has aspirations of a deep run in the tournament, an emphatic victory over Nigeria in their first game of the tournament is important. Nigeria, on the other hand, would give themselves an excellent chance of making it through group stage with a win over Croatia.

Nigeria qualified for the World Cup after winning CAF Third Round Group B on October 7th, 2017. This will be Nigeria's 6th appearance in the World Cup, and they will be looking to improve on their best ever finish, which was a Round of 16 appearance that they managed to accomplish three times.

Croatia, on the other hand, qualified for the tournament on November 12th, 2017 after winning their UEFA Second Round match. This will also be Croatia's fifth appearance in the World Cup, with their best ever finish coming in 1998 (third place).

Croatia has a talent-laden team that includes many players who play in the world's top leagues. Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric, for instance, both play for Real Madrid, while Ivan Rakitic plays for Barcelona. In addition, Croatia has roster members that play for the likes of Liverpool, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Croatia certainly has the talent to make a deep run in this tournament.

Nigeria also has a number of talented players on their team, including two members of Chelsea (Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Moses) and two members of Leicester City (Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho). While Croatia has the edge in talent, Nigeria will certainly not be blown out by any stretch of the imagination.

Here is a look at the betting odds, courtesy of Bet365:

Source: Bet365
Time Stamp: June 15th, 2018 11:50 am EST
Odds Subject to Change

Croatia, 1.72
Draw, 3.75
Nigeria, 5.5

Correct Score (Top Five)

Croatia 1-0, 6.5
Draw 1-1, 7.5
Croatia 2-0, 8.0
Draw 0-0, 8.5
Croatia 2-1, 9.5

Total Goals Over/Under

Over 2.5, 2.25
Under 2.5, 1.61

Croatia and Nigeria lock horns at the Kaliningrad Stadium in the group match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Who is the favourite to win?  Bet on the game!

Group D is one of the more interesting groups of the 2018 World Cup Group Stage round. Argentina is the strongest team, though they looked lost during qualifying and barely made it in. Croatia has a strong side, while both Nigeria and Iceland have shown that they can surprise.

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