Croatia vs Russia Betting Tips

Croatia and Russia are playing each other in the world cup qualifying match on the 14th of November 2021 at 19:30 IST in the Stadion Poljud in Splits, Croatia. The two sides of the group are meeting each to strengthen their claim for a place in next year’s prestigious event.

Croatia Form and Team News

Croatia after the 2018 Russia World Cup have not shown the level of consistency they showed during the elite tournament. In the EURO too, they did not look the part as well.In the World Cup qualification group, they are part of Group H, occupying the second position in the points table with 20 points from nine games played so far. They have scored the highest number of goals for any team in the group with 20 strikes in the back of the net. Their last ten games have not been the best in terms of the results gathered. They won five games in the last ten matches, losing in two games out of the ten played. So one can say they are not going into the next game with a good record, but considering they have a dubious distinction of picking themselves up in elite competitions every time, we cannot count out Croatia just because of their recent record.

Zlatko Dalic, the Croatian national football team coach will once again form the x-factor for the side with his tactical show. It’s not often that you refer a coach to an X-factor but such has been the show from Dalic during his tenure that he deserves to get that credit. Rebic, Kramaric, Petkovic and Budimir would make up the front line. Superstar midfielder Luka Modric, Kovacic, Perisic, Brozovic and Pasalic complete the playmaker’s list. Lovren, Vida, Caleta-Car, Barisic and Gvardiol are in defence. Livakovic and Kalinic are the goalkeepers in the side to complete the squad.

Russia Form and Team News

Russia are having a brilliant set of Qualification matches where they are sitting pretty in the first of the points table. They are part of Group H and in the nine games played, Russia managed to win seven of those while losing to just Slovakia in the away fixture. They also scored as many as 19 goals in the process while conceding just five goals. Their recent record is pretty good considering their qualification round antics. They have won seven games in the last ten games played. Russia played a good brand of football in the home World Cup last time around and would hope to continue to build upon that showing. They are playing against Croatia on Sunday.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov would’ve been happy seeing his team’s performance in the qualification rounds but their Euro form present form was not the best. The headman would like the team to keep it simple and build on the positive aspects they show in the games that follow. Dzyuba, Sobolev, Anton Zabolotnyi and Mostovoy are the attackers in the Russian side. Golovin, AlekseiMiranchuk, Cheryshev, Zhirkov along with others complete the midfield. Mario Fernades, Igor Diveev, Karavaev, Dzhikiya and Kudrayashov are the defenders while Safanov will probably keep the goal.

Odds by Casumo

Croatia are the favorites to win according to the Casumo Sportsbook. They are placed at 1.60 odds while Russia is placed at 5.60. The odds for a draw is 4.20.

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Our Tipster’s Angle

Croatia are the favorites to win this tie given their team strength and pretty decent head-to-head record. Russia too have a great recent record, but Croatia have the odds in their favor big time. There is also a chance of a draw looming large given Russia are the number one side in the group and they won’t let the Croats to win easily. We have a game on our hands nonetheless.

Tip 1: Total Goals by Croatia Odd:

Croatia in the last five matches they have played across competitions like the ongoing World Cup Qualifiers, International friendlies, and the Nations League have been scoring in odd numbers in four matches of those. This record while playing at home, in the last eight matches they played across competitions, have seen seven matches ending up with Croatia’s goal tally in the odd numbers. Russia as a matter of fact have conceded an odd number of goals in six of their last nine away games as well. In the last three head-to-head matches played between the two sides, one game had ended with Croatia scoring in odd number. Four of Croatia’s last five qualification round matches have had them scoring an odd number of goals. So, it’s quite likely they will score an odd number of goals in the game against Russia. The odds for Total Goals by Croatia Odd according to the Casumo Sportsbook is 1.93.

Tip 2: Both teams to score

In the last two matches played by Croatia across competitions, two of those have had both team’s score. While playing at home, five of the last six matches Croatia have played across competitions have had both teams scoring. Four of the last seven away matches that Russia have been part of have had the above condition being satisfied. Playing away, two of the last three matches involving Russia have had both team’s score. Two of Croatia’s last three qualification matches have also had the above condition satisfied. Two of their last three head to head matches have also had both teams scoring, so it’s most likely both teams might end up scoring. The odds for Both Teams to score according to the Casumo Sportsbook is 2.00.


Both teams are in decent form coming into this match and the head-to-head record is also on favoring Croatia, this match would surely be one we cannot afford to miss by any chance. Summarizing on a couple of bets from above:

  1.     Total goals by Croatia Odd @ 1.93
  2.     Both teams to score @ 2.00.

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