Croatia vs. Senegal- 8 June 2018- Betting Tip
Croatia will host Senegal in both team’s final match before they open their 2018 World Cup account. This upcoming match is of extreme importance to both teams as their World Cup preparations up to this point, have not exactly gone as they would have hoped. It’s always great to enter a tournament as big as the World Cup on the back of impressive results, but with both teams failing to win in their most recent match, none of these two teams can say that it is 100% confident.
This match serves as a chance for managers of both teams to finalise their starting for the opening events of the World Cup. As such, we expect to see full strength teams, though there are likely to be some early substitutions. The way both of these teams are going to perform in this match will give fans a guide of what to expect from them when the World Cup roars into life.
Below is some in-depth Croatia vs. Senegal betting tips to help you predict the final outcome.
Croatia has successfully managed to qualify for major tournaments since the early 2000’s though it had a big scare this time around as it needed a play-off match to qualify for the World Cup 2018. The playoff, however, went exactly according to plan as Croatia defeated Greece by 4 goals to one. In its last three matches, Croatia faced Peru, Mexico and Brazil. Croatia won the Mexico match only losing the other two, but the team’s performance against Brazil for most of the match was impressive. The challenge now for the team is to ensure that it builds on that performance and carries the same level of play into the World Cup.
Croatia has some world stars to call upon to win matches in this upcoming event. Luka Modric of Real Madrid is one such man, who from time to time, has put in great performances for his country. Playing further up the pitch in Croatia’s last match against Brazil, Modric showed that he still has pace in his legs as he stretched the Brazilian defence from time to time. He also drifted inside the pitch and provided some defence-splitting passes. Modric will be Croatia’s key player at the World Cup. Apart from Modric, Croatia has other stars, namely Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona who started most of Croatia’s attacking moves from deep against Brazil, Ivan Perisic who can be unplayable on his day, and Mario Mandzukic who is always a threat upfront from set pieces.
Senegal has not been performing up to the expected standards, well at least when one considers the calibre of players this current team boasts of. Senegal’s World Cup qualifying campaign started off on a bad note losing and drawing three of its first matches. However, a run of three successive wins at the end was enough for the team to qualify for the World Cup. Results and performances, however, have not been impressive ever since as the team drew its three international friendlies afterwards. The drawn matches came against Uzbekistan, Bosnia &Herzegovina and Luxembourg. What will concern Senegalese fans is not the fact that the team drew its matches, but that it did so with ‘weak’ opposition. At the World Cup, Senegal is going to face stern opposition and if these past results are anything to go by, then the future looks bleak.
While the results on the pitch have not been on par, Senegal does boast of some world -class players such as Sadio Mane, who together with Mo Salah, propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final. They also have Kalidou Koulibaly, the Napoli man who is the subject of several bids from the top teams in England, as well as rising stars Balde Keita and Cheikhou Kouyate.
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Head to Head Record
This will be the first time that Croatia will face Senegal, therefore making it a challenge to provide Croatia vs. Senegal betting tips. Nonetheless, let’s look at both teams’ past matches. Both teams’ past 6 matches highlight that they are not really on different levels. In its last 6 matches, Croatia won thrice in matches against Ukraine, Greece and Mexico, drawn once against Greece and lost twice against Peru and Brazil. On the other hand, in its last 6 matches, Senegal won thrice in matches against South Africa (twice) and Cape Verde and drew three times against Uzbekistan, Bosnia &Herzegovina, and Luxemburg.
Our Tips and Predictions
Going into this match, there is nothing to separate the two teams. A few betting sites in Nigeria, however, state that Croatia’s performance in its last match against Brazil (though it ended in defeat) suggests that it is improving and will prove a threat to Senegal, which has found it hard to stop teams from scoring. Also, taking into consideration the fact that Croatia has avoided defeat 18 times on its home turf, sports betting strategies and betting tips suggest that the match will not end in Senegal’s favour, therefore, a double chance bet for Croatia to either win or draw will more likely come to pass.