The Russian national team will play at home with Croatia in the fourth round of the 2022 World Cup qualifying tournament. The match will take place on September 1 in Moscow.
The Russian national team starts a new life. After the failed European Championship, the team was headed by Valery Karpin . The change of the coach, whatever one may say, suggested itself, because under the leadership of Stanislav Cherchesov it was painful to watch the national team at some point.
The main change in the lineup was the absence of Artyom Dziuba . Karpin believes that the Zenit striker is currently not ready to play for the national team. The moment is certainly controversial, despite the fact that Dziuba did not start the new season very well.
Also worth noting is the return to the national team of Fedor Smolov . The Lokomotiv forward scored six goals in six rounds of the RPL. Apparently, in the match with the Croats, Smolov will appear on the field from the first minutes.
In the current selection, Russia after three rounds takes second place in its group, behind Croatia only in additional indicators. In the spring, the Russians beat Malta and Slovenia, and also lost to Slovakia.
Meanwhile, after the Euro, Croatia decided that Zlatko Dalic should continue working with the national team.
The decision is, in general, logical. Although the Croats were not impressed, they still managed to get out of the group, after which they almost stopped the powerful Spaniards.
The main problem for Croatia in the upcoming match could be absence of Luka Modric… The captain of the national team did not have time to recover from an injury for the upcoming matches.
But in general, Croatia’s roster is still impressive, especially when compared with the Russian one.
In the spring, the Croats lost to Slovenia and won victories over Cyprus and Malta.
Forecast and rate
1xbet download are inclined to believe that less than three goals will be scored in this match. You can bet on a total over 2.5 for 2.34.
And this is a controversial point. Both Russia and Croatia have problems in defense. But to a greater extent it concerns all the same Karpin’s team. There are no reliable defenders in Russia now.
So you can expect effective football here. The Russians will definitely run ahead, after all, the first match under the leadership of Karpin – the team will be incredibly motivated. But you can be sure of the answer from Croatia as well.
Bet – total over 2.5 for 2.34 .
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And one more option – the bet on the total of the second half is more than 1.5 for 2.38 . After 60 minutes, the fun begins.