The weekend game between Nigeria and Croatia takes
place this Saturday, we take a look at one of the
delicate positions that can make or mar the Super
eagle’s world cup aspirations.
The possible blend of players to feature in the midfield
comes to mind. It’s no longer news that Zlatko Dalic
deploys a compacted 4-5-1 formation when out of
possession and a flexible 4-3-3 formation when they
are with the ball while Gernot Rohr on the other hand
prefers a 4-3-3 formation as on offensive formation
while a 4-4-1-1 formation when the super eagles are
defending the ball, this defending formation will
certainly affect their goal odds on different bet sites.
After, making this comparison between the two team
shows that they are matched in the attacking
department with Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic and
Kramaric been cancelled out by a trio of Victor Moses ,
Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi .
The Midfield however have become the likely factor that
will determine the outcome of the game as it’s the
natural operating site of the two sides.
Croatia team boasts of one of the possible best
Midfield trio in the competition with Luka Modric, Ivan
Rakitic and Matteo Kovacic all plying their trade in the
top flight of Spain with elite teams such as Barcelona
and Real Madrid.
Fiorentina player Badelj and Inter Milan’s Marcelo
Brozovic also provides an alternative for Croatian
tactician Zlatko Dalic.
Nigeria midfield despite the lagging behind the Croatia
midfield in terms of quality still boasts of experienced
player as well as players plying their trade in top tier
European leagues with John Mikel Obi, Wilfred Ndidi
and Ogenyi Onazi all in contention.
Etebo, John Ogu and Joel Obi offers Gernot Rohr
tactical option and alternatives in the middle of the
The Two teams with a lot of tactical similarities and yet
players different will be in loggerheads on Saturday.
While we expect Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic to start
while a choice will be made with either Badelj or
Kovacic, we take a look at the possible trio in the
Nigerian team that can override the trio.
Luka Modric no doubt will be tasked with the role of
the playmaker in the game as the 32yr old player
remains the most experienced in the side.
Rakitic on the other hand have proved to be valuable in
the middle of the park particularly when the team is
behind the ball.
The experience possessed by the Barcelona player
makes him a difficult player to take on in the middle of
park. Badelj or Kovacic will be tasked with defensive
duty of opening or shutting off the midfield.
Nigeria on the other hand will rely John Mikel Obi is to
lead the team with his wealth of experience. Ogenyi
Onazi is expected to play in his preferred defensive
midfield position considering his experience and quality
while a decision need to be made between Wilfred
Ndidi and Etebo.
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