Croatia and Nigeria will complete the third day of the World Cup with a Group D clash at the Kaliningrad Stadium at 8pm BST (3pm ET) in what is the second game of the group.

Group D is seen as one of the toughest of the tournament as it also involves Argentina and underdogs Iceland who are making their World Cup debut , will play each other in the earlier fixture.

Both Croatia and Nigeria will fancy their chances of pulling a surprise result out of the bag, however, and the Super Eagles will also be able to showcase their popular new national team kit in their opening group fixture.


As Croatia have impressed at previous World Cup campaigns and feature big-names such as Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic, Nigeria are not an obvious favourite to make it far in Russia but will be buoyed by a positive recent display against England (though they did lose the match).


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Modric will captain his Croatia side and will certainly be the talisman in midfield. Mandzukic is expected to lead the line forward for Croatia, while they have excellent midfield support through Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic.


Potential Croatia XI: Subasic, Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric, Rakitic, Modric, Pjaca, Kovacic, Perisic, Mandzukic.



Arsenal star Iwobi has impressed on all levels in recent months and has the chance to showcase his talent even further on the international stage. Chelsea's Victor Moses is also expected to bring experience and skill to the side after a few successful seasons with the Blues.


Potential Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Idowu, Ekong, Balogun, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Iwobi, Musa, Ighalo, Ihenacho.



Croatia vs Nigeria – Match Stats

The two countries have never faced one another.

Croatia managed to qualify for the last five World Cups, but after reaching a third-place in 1998. 


Croatia have failed to qualify out of the group stage in the last three tournaments.

Croatia have collected five red cards in the last four games.