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Croatia World Cup Betting | Odds & Predictions

We have a range of World Cup predictions available across every team, group and game of the tournament in Qatar. Here is how we think Croatia will fare at the World Cup, and which betting odds are currently standing out to us.

The 2018 World Cup was the benchmark for Croatia as they reached the Final, and it is up to the class of 2022 to emulate or even surpass their achievements.

Zlatko Dalic can call upon a vastly experienced squad in Qatar and they should never be underestimated judging by their wins over France and Denmark in the Nations League.

Croatia Odds and Betting Tips

While Croatia has impressed at past World Cups, including their third-place finish at the 1998 edition in France, they are generally undervalued in the outright section.

Dalic’s men are easy to watch on the eye and they could well be dark horses. They are usually well organised, and they can be tough to break down. Although there may be a case for suggesting the veterans in the team might be running on fumes, their experience and tactical nous will always give Croatia a chance.

Croatia World Cup Odds and Predictions

For those looking to place bets on the competition in Qatar, we have a range of World Cup 2022 free bets on our main tournament page from a variety of different bookmakers.

Currently, Croatia is trading at 50/1 with William Hill, which seems quite long given their recent exploits. Nevertheless, they have the potential to go deep once again.

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Croatia to win the World Cup - 50/1

An ageing but talented Croatia squad heads to Qatar

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Although the likes of Perisic and Modric have been defying expectations, there is a fresh wave of young players that have come to the fore, and while they won’t concede too many goals, they may not score too many either.

Regardless of that, there is enough quality in the squad to suggest that would suggest that a semi-final spot isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. William Hill is pricing Croatia at 7/1 to reach the last four, and it is worth taking into consideration.

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Croatia to reach the semi finals - 7/1

With talent in their squad, don't be surprised to see Croatia go far

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However, if you are feeling rather bold, you could delve into the Golden Boot section. Ante Rebic is the shortest-priced player for Croatia in this market, as he has been valued at 125/1 with bet365, while team-mate Perisic is trailing at a rather long looking 150/1.

Croatia World Cup Group

Here’s how Croatia’s schedule is shaping up in Group F. We have listed all the kick-offs in UK time should you wish to tune in.

  • Morocco 0-0 Croatia
  • Sunday, November 27: Croatia v Canada, Khalifa International Stadium (4pm)
  • Thursday, December 1, Croatia v Belgium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium (3pm)

Croatia 2022 World Cup Squad

The Croatia 2022 World Cup squad has been announced, and here are the players that will be representing them in Qatar.

  • Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid)
  • Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb)
  • Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalaic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Luka Sucic (Red Bull Salzburg)
  • Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Split)
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Croatia is blessed with technically excellent players that combine finesse with brawn. Luka Modric, however, is the most irrepressible player and he is still producing performances that are almost scarcely believable. The Real Madrid icon – who suffered group eliminations in his first two World Cups with Croatia – played a starring role in his country’s route to the Final four years ago.

Modric was awarded the Golden Ball in Russia after being named the World Cup’s Best Player, and he will be a driving force once again. The midfielder has superb vision, and he can draw defenders out of position with his excellent passing ability. This could well be his last World Cup Finals appearance at the age of 36, but he would like to bow out in style.

Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic is a great screen for the defence, and judging by his displays for Chelsea last season, he is tidy in possession. Against Belgium, for example, Kovacic will need to put out some fires and keep Kevin De Bruyne quiet.

Oh, and let’s not overlook Ivan Perisic, as he was another survivor of the 2018 World Cup set-up. Having recently signed for Tottenham, Perisic is very versatile, and he boasts a great engine, which is illustrated by the fact that he covered 72.5km at the last World Cup. He could also pop up with a few timely goals.

Verdict: How Far Will Croatia Go at 2022 World Cup?

Croatia is the sort of team that can sneak under the radar, but they have an abundance of quality. How far they will go will ultimately depend on how well Modric performs, and he is an indispensable part of the team.

There are a few jewels in this squad, and Zlatic’s charges should make smooth progress from Group F. They may be edged out by Belgium in their bid to top the group, however, they will have far too much for Canada and Morocco.

A concerted challenge wouldn’t be too much of a surprise and it will be interesting to see how the tournament pans out. However, odds of 7/1 with William Hill for Croatia to reach the semi-finals appear to be a good shout if you fancy following up on that.

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Croatia to reach the semi finals - 7/1

With talent in their squad, don't be surprised to see Croatia go far

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Charles Perrin

Charles Perrin

Charles is an experienced sports betting content producer providing bespoke content, specialising in golf and football