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Russia will look to pull clear at the top of Group H with a win over Croatia when the two sides meet in the World Cup qualifiers this week. 

The two sides will meet on the 14th of November at 14:00 pm BST.

Russia are currently two points clear at the top of their group and they will be looking to extend the lead with a win over Croatia. The visitors are in exceptional form right now and they are coming into this game on the back of a 6-0 win over Cyprus. They will be full of confidence and momentum heading into this contest. 

Croatia are just two points behind Russia and a win here could take them to the top of their group. It will be interesting to see if they can step up and get the job done. In terms of quality, Croatia have a better side and the home fans will demand a big performance from the players. 

Croatia vs Russia team news

Croatia possible starting line-up: Grbic; Juranovic, Caleta-Car, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Pasalic; Majer, Kramaric, Perisic

Russia possible starting line-up: Safonov; Sutormin, Osipenko, Diveev, Terekhov; Erokhin, Fomin, Golovin; Miranchuk, Smolov, Mostovov

Croatia vs Russia form guide

Croatia are coming into this game on the back of four wins and two draws in their last six matches across all competitions. Four of the last five matches between these two sides have ended in a draw after normal time and Croatia will look to turn those draws into wins now. 

Russia have won their last five matches across all competitions. They have kept five clean sheets in their last six outings as well. 

Croatia vs Russia betting odds

Here are the latest betting odds for Croatia vs Russia from Betfred:


• Croatia 8/13
• Draw – 3/1
• Russia – `4/1

Total goals:

• Over 2.5 – 14/19
• Under – 5/4

Croatia vs Russia prediction

Both teams are in impressive form and they are capable of picking up all three points. This should be a close contest and it will be difficult to separate the two sides. They are likely to cancel each other out here. 

A draw seems quite likely. 

Prediction: Match to end in a draw. 

Get a draw at 3/1 with Betfred

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