Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic Key As Croatia Face Denmark

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia scores his team's third goal past Wilfredo Caballero of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny

Fans will be waiting to see who comes out on top between Modric, and Christian Eriksen, Denmark's standout player. The Tottenham star only scored once in the group stage (Denmark only scored twice, with Eriksen assisting on the other goal), but he is capable of a difference-making moment that requires the opposition to remain on its toes.

For Denmark, the creative spark will come from Christian Eriksen, who is allowed pretty much a free role in midfield.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. No individual can do it on their own. "Individuals can dictate certain incidents but the most important thing is how we perform as a team on the pitch".

"We've played fantastically in the group stage".

Kasper Schmeichel has been backed to keep Denmark's World Cup hopes alive today at the expense of highly-fancied Croatia.

Luca Modric has continued to impress for Croatia, and the national team captain is no stranger to the big occasion winning four Champions League crowns with Real Madrid.

"It is a stern test for us, but it is high time that this generation hurdles this obstacle which we haven't hurdled since 1998".

"I think that we can win against anybody".

"I would be the happiest man on Earth because it would mean Croatia have done something significant", Dalic said, "so God willing it will be so".

However, some critics have accused them of being too defensive-minded, and the manager knows they need to offer new solutions against Croatia. "We are full of self-confidence", he said. I am thinking of our team being able to play in different ways.

The center-back pairing of Andreas Christensen and Simon Kjaer look like a flawless combination of youth and experience, while the team around them are physically strong and well-organized. But we are not satisfied just to have got this far. The Leicester City custodian has made 12 saves in three matches and has conceded just the one goal, the penalty against Iceland.

"It's not annoying, I just expect more from you guys!" he said. The Scandinavian side were unbeaten in their practice games coming into the World Cup.

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