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See Croatia’s Predicted Lineup to overcome Nigeria

 • by Danny Lee
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Croatia take on Nigeria in their opening 2018 World Cup fixture in Kaliningrad on Saturday with both bidding for qualification for the last 16.

The two nations know that second place is the most realistic chance of reaching the knockout stages as they are joined in Group D by Argentina.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Croatia side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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