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Analyzing The Best Nigeria Midfield To Take On Croatia On Saturday

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.

Do You Think The Super Eagles Can Beat Croatia?


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