Croatia vs Denmark

World Cup 2018: Denmark vs. Croatia odds, lines, expert picks, and top insider predictions

Croatia vs. Denmark: World Cup 2018 Live

Croatia, one of the more impressive teams in the 2018 World Cup group stage, takes on Denmark and their star Christian Eriksen, in a knockout match.

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Croatia 2 p.m. ET Denmark

Round of 16

Croatia’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Credit Franck Robichon/EPA, via Shutterstock

How to watch: In the U.S., Fox and Telemundo have the broadcast at 2 p.m., but you can stream it here.
Two Good Defenses, One Good Offense

Denmark and Croatia both have strong defenses; they have so far surrendered only one goal each. But Croatia’s offense is much more prolific, with seven goals to two for Denmark. Croatia has taken 39 shots; Denmark has taken 25, ahead only of Panama and Iran.
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Denmark’s Starting Lineup

Goalkeeper: 1 Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)

Defenders: 4 Simon Kjaer (Sevilla); 13 Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield); 6 Andreas Christensen (Chelsea); 14 Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford); 5 Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich)

Midfielders: 10 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham); 8 Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)

Forwards: 21 Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta); 11 Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough); 20 Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)
Croatia’s Starting Lineup

Goalkeeper: 23 Danijel Subasic (Monaco)

Defenders: 21 Domagoj Vida (Besiktas); 3 Ivan Strinic (Milan); 6 Dejan Lovren (Liverpool); 2 Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: 10 Luka Modric (Real Madrid); 7 Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona); 11 Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)
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Forwards: 17 Mario Mandzukic; (Juventus); 4 Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan); 18 Ante Rebic (Fiorentina)
Croatia Will Lean on Modric

Croatia’s top scorer with two goals is its 5-foot-6-inch star, Luka Modric. At 32, he is at the peak of a career that has taken him to stardom at Spurs and Real Madrid. He is also Croatia’s top passer, and the team rises and falls on his performance.
Denmark vs. Croatia Top Story Lines

• Croatia has advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup for the second time in its history. The last time was in 1998, when Davor Suker and company beat Germany on the way to the semifinals. This is Denmark’s first visit to the last 16 since 2002.

• Croatia has impressed with a 3-0 start to the Cup in a tricky group, beating Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland.

• With eight yellow cards, Croatia has the most of any team remaining in the tournament. It has committed 55 fouls, second of the remaining teams, three behind France, which has played one more game.

• One of Denmark’s goal scorers is its leader, Christian Eriksen. Modric told reporters, “What I can say about Eriksen is, he’s a fantastic player, a world-class player. He’s the most important player for Denmark.” The other scorer, Yussuf Poulsen, returns for this game from a yellow card suspension.

• These teams have not met in a competitive match since the qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. Denmark won theat game, with Peter Schemichel, father of current keeper Kasper Schmeichel, in goal.

• Croatia is a comfortable favorite to win, with Denmark 4-1 or so.