Croatia and Nigeria, two teams with loads of talent and a chance to make a run at the 2018 World Cup, play their opening game against each other on Saturday in Group D.
Both teams enter the match healthy and ready to go, both are confident about getting three points and they are also looked at as popular picks for under-the-radar teams to make a run in this competition.
Croatia is really talented in the middle of the field, but can its defense deal with the speed and technical ability of the African nation? Lots of exciting individual matchups in this one, and we’ll see who can control the midfield: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria or Luka Modric of Croatia?
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Croatia kick off their World Cup campaign against Nigeria with an array of stars at their disposal but a disappointing tournament record.
Only once their their advanced from the group stage and that came 20 years ago in France. They won just one of their three group games four years ago.
Nigeria won just once in Brazil but made it to the knockout stages. A win against Croatia will be a huge boost towards replicating their 2014 showing.
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Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo).
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht).