Croatia will come into this round-of-16 game as warm favourites after winning all three of their group games, including a 3-0 drubbing of Argentina. Denmark will be happy enough with their group performance that saw them qualify behind France with two draws and a win. Russia is waiting. For those team
After winning all their group games at a WC finals for the first time, Croatia will have high hopes of at least matching their best ever third-place-finish at France ‘98.
After now winning their last four games, Croatia will confident of progression but Denmark are a tough side who themselves are on a seven-game unbeaten run (W3, D4) that has seen them concede just once.
Looking further back, Denmark have lost just two of 20 (W9, D9, L2).
Denmark will look to equal or better their best ever WC performance of the quarter-finals, also at France ‘98.The sides last played 14 years ago and have played just five times in history, never at a WC finals. Overall they have two wins apiece while one was a draw.
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Croatia vs Denmark 2.7.2018
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The winner of this game will play the winner of the Spain v Russia game.
Players to watch: Luka Modrić pulls all the strings for Croatia and has chipped in with two goals this WC thus far to give him 14 for his country in total.
Similar to Modrić, Christian Eriksen is the main man for Denmark. Always dangerous around the box he has one goal this WC, lifting his international tally to 23.
Stat attack: Both teams have conceded just once at these finals.
Denmark’s last seven games have all seen under 2.5 goals, with six of the games also seeing only one side score.
Ten of Croatia’s last 14 games have seen one side score.
Denmark have been behind at half-time just once in the last 20 games.
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Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizhny Novgorod)