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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sport:-The Best Nigeria Midfield To Take On Croatia On Saturday Analysis

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 park.
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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