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Will Croatia win the WC?

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Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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This performance almost guarantees they'll lose in the round of 16. Peaked too early and will get overconfident.
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They'll knockout Denmark, then beat Spain or Portugal if they don't flop. They are kings. The WC is theirs this time imo.

I'm going to put 20 dollars down on them winning it
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They'll knockout Denmark, then beat Spain or Portugal if they don't flop. They are kings. The WC is theirs this time imo.

I'm going to put 20 dollars down on them winning it
**** it, I'm putting a $100. They have the best midfield at the tournament imo. With those two pulling the strings and a very good supporting cast, who can't they beat honestly?
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**** it, I'm putting a $100. They have the best midfield at the tournament imo. With those two pulling the strings and a very good supporting cast, who can't they beat honestly?
You're right. It's more the mental side I'm worried about, if they flop in knockouts.. but I have a better feeling with them this time around. They might not go all the way, but I can't see how at least reaching semis would be difficult for this side on their day.
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They had only one brain-fart moment in the first half, luckily the keeper was prepared should anything happen. Let's wait for the entire KO draw to see what their chances are like.
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**** it, I'm putting a $100. They have the best midfield at the tournament imo. With those two pulling the strings and a very good supporting cast, who can't they beat honestly?
Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium...

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You're right. It's more the mental side I'm worried about, if they flop in knockouts.. but I have a better feeling with them this time around. They might not go all the way, but I can't see how at least reaching semis would be difficult for this side on their day.
Plus all the favorites have played like complete ass and don't seem to be picking up any rhythm anytime soon.

Hey, Greece and Denmark won the euros with a weaker squad. A mediocre Turkish team won 3rd place at the WC before. This Croatia side seem well balanced and good enough to contend. If they would've somehow naturalized Matic then they'd be one of the favorites imo.
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They have a chance for sure. None of the big teams look impressive. If there was ever a chance for a non-superpower to win the WC this is it.
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Spain, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium...
Belgium are similar to Argentina in a sense where their team chemistry, or lackthereof can be their downfall yet again. Brazil haven't impressed me at all. France can be sluggish at times and they surely dont have a guy like Modric pulling the strings. Spain and Germany are the only real favorites imo.
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@ArmeniaNT I've got Matic in my fantasy team. I wish I kept Modric, but he was too expensive when I wanted to keep hold of the likes of De Bruyne, Coutinho, Lewa, Godin,.. damn I regret that. Changing it ASAP

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I'd say Mexico could be a challenge if they actually show up and meet Croatia somehow. They have a good h2h against Croatia as well. It would be a 50/50 match though. Playing that friendly against Brazil was a good thing though. While Brazil might be the paper favorite, they're not Gods. Wouldn't be easy at all but Croatia would have to click on all cylinders. With Croatia I feel the midfield is perfect, doing their job.. The defense sometimes have brainfarts that could be costly and sometimes just expect their keeper to compensate for miscommunication errors which is a red flag. Strikers while not always delivering, they've compensated defensively and also winning 50/50 balls. They've been a help in these aspects. The good news is the midfield as shown can take over in scoring if necessary. They play as a team which is reassuring.
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Croatia's odds to win the Cup are only 16.5 in betfair...surprisingly low so indeed the global betting community considers them legit challengers now.

I'm expecting those odds to improve though in the coming days once the knee-jerk bettors get their money in and the market calms down.

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There's a long road ahead until we talk about winning the world cup. To be honest, everyone's kinda ignoring what Russia's been doing. Yeah shite opponents...but...if they're ignored for too long. Never know.
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Drowning in tears? Noooooo. Though WWE would have to be shut down due to sticky substances.
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there's no doubt they'll win it all

or,

maybe, might as well choke in the r16 or 1/4 finals

they're EE, after all, blood thicker than water
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They have great team, they are playing very good... But is that enough? At the Euro 2016 they were first in their group (with Spain in the same group), then they played 90 minutes with Portugal, but in the extra time they conceded a goal. They miss something mental. Usually the small teams that play good in the group stage, they crash early in the knockout stages. Portugal played bad the whole Euro, they had only 1 win without extra time and they won in the final.
But this time Croatia will reach at least the semi-finals.
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They'll knockout Denmark, then beat Spain or Portugal if they don't flop. They are kings. The WC is theirs this time imo.

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LADS!! One game away

Congrats guys, deserved!!

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LADS!! One game away

Congrats guys, deserved!!



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