The dark horse with the best chance

Croatia have been one of the most impressive sides in the group stage and they deservedly come into the last 16 round tie with Denmark as clear favorites to progress.

Nonetheless, it should by no means be a one-way street from the very start to the end as the Scandinavians have their own weapons capable of hurting any outfit in the world on their day.

Teams have two wins apiece ahead of their sixth head to head tie. This one will certainly be by far the most important of all as they are set to lock horns in a World Cup affair for the first time ever.

Croatia clinched a demolishing 3-0 victory in their first ever encounter with the Danes, in the group phase of EURO 1996 in England. Davor Suker bagged a brace back then, while Milan’s legend Zvonimir Boban added one himself.

Denmark were more successful in the WC qualifications ahead of the tournament in France 1998, claiming 4 points from two ties with the Blazers back then. Both teams qualified for the competition as Croatia went on to win the bronze medal, their best record ever at a major tournament.

Teams then bagged a win each in two friendlies, Denmark winning in 1999 and Croatia coming on top in 2004. 

Both outfits progressed from their respective groups after conceding just a goal apiece along the way. Given the clash has a massive importance, we can hardly imagine a goal fest in Nizhniy Novgorod, meaning the Under 2.5 goals FT has to be the main betting call.

As for the outcome, we’d not even be surprised to see a goalless draw with Denmark expected to park the bus and try and lead the game into extra-time against the stronger opposition.

We don’t believe the Croats will rush for an early goal either which is why the goalless first half looks like a decent option at 2.25. It is important to mention that Croatia scored 10 of their last 11 goals in the second half, meaning draw at the half time and Croatia’s win at the end look attractive at 4.33.

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