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Croatia World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

11:35 BST 28/05/2018
Ivan Rakitic Croatia 2018
Having changed manager since their last 16 exit in Euro 2016, plenty will be expect Zlatko Dalic's talented squad to excel on the international stage
The "dark horses" tag will likely be used for several sides at the 2018 World Cup including Croatia although they are by no means assured of a place in the knockout stages given the strength of Group D.

2018 World Cup qualification

After a change of manager in October 2017 Croatia needed a play-off to secure their place in Russia, albeit they rarely looked troubled during a 4-1 aggregate win over Greece.  

20 points in the group stage wasn't enough to finish above Iceland during qualification and the two will meet again this summer.

Mario Mandzukic top scored with five goals but it was at the back where the Vatreni excelled, conceding just five times during qualification (four in the group and one in the play-off round).

World Cup History

Having made the semi-finals in France 98 and going on to finish third in that tournament, subsequent World Cups have been disappointing affairs for Croatia with group stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014.

However, with a FIFA World ranking of 18, there will be plenty of people expecting more from Zlatko Dalic's side this time around despite their tricky group draw.

2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Danijel Subasic Vedran Corluka Luka Modric Mario Mandzukic
Lovre Kalinic Domagoj Vida Ivan Rakitic Ivan Perisic
Dominik Livakovic Ivan Strinic Mateo Kovacic Nikola Kalinic
  Dejan Lovren Milan Badelj Marko Pjaca
  Sime Vrsaljko Marcelo Brozovic Ante Rebic
  Josip Pivaric Filip Bradaric  
  Tin Jedvaj    
  Duje Caleta-Car    
       

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 33/1 (34.0)
To make the World Cup final 12/1 (13.0)
To win Group D 11/5 (3.20)
To Qualify from Group D 1/2 (1.50)
To the top European team 22/1 (23.0)