Group D winners Croatia match up with Group C runners-up Denmark on Sunday 1st July with both teams going head to head to advance to the quarter-finals. Croatia enjoyed serene progress through their group while the Danes needed a last day draw to ensure their passage.
Where and when: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod – 1 July, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Croatia vs. Denmark: William Hill
Last time: This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides, with both sides winning two apiece with one draw. Croatia won the last meeting between the sides 2-1 in a friendly in June 2004.
|Over 2.5 goals||13/8||Offer|
|Croatia half time/full time||21/10||Offer|
Croatia vs. Denmark Predictions and Preview
Croatia topped a tricky Group D in impressive fashion, winning all three of their matches and conceding just one goal in the process.
A comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria was followed by a statement 3-0 triumph over Argentina before a much-changed side defeated Iceland 2-1.
Denmark did little to impress in terms of entertainment but secured second spot in Group C thanks to an opening day victory over Peru, followed by draws against Australia and France.
The Danes conceded just one goal in the group stage – a controversial penalty against Australia – and are a well-drilled unit.
The Croatians are slight favourites to win this game at odds of 10/11, with a Denmark victory available at 21/5 and the draw priced at 2/1.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 3/5 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 13/8.
A ‘double chance’ on Denmark to battle their way to either a draw or a win in 90 minutes is available at 1 while a Croatia/draw outcome is at 3/14.
If you fancy Croatia to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 21/10.
One to watch for Croatia: Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is his side’s attacking focal point with 30 international goals – more than any other active Croatian – and his aerial threat could cause problems for the Danish defence here.
One to watch for Denmark: Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is the dangerman for the Scandinavian side and he has netted 23 times in 81 internationals, including in his side’s 1-1 draw with Australia in the group stage.
Long shot: Knockout matches are typically cagey affairs with both sides wary of ceding space and time to their quality attacking opponents. A scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 6/1.