I like Russia in terms of corner kicks. There is no coincidence and accidentally gain of corners. Russia use flanks, try to pass long ball to penalty area that is why they generate some amount of corners in each game. Only clash against Uruguay made exception of the rule but as I correct remember this third match in group remained without any importance.
Force Croatia's historic opportunity to reach a final after finishing third in France 98. The team has a great defense, although looks capable only to score from set pieces and counter-attack. They really struggled to score against defensive minded Scandinavian.
Russia wish not to open either. Host did not convince much in their eighth game against Spain where reached extra time. So far is more driven from the euphoria in their own country. Game with Spain just exposed their limits. Interesting is fact that keeping only 30-40% ball possession or even less still create some chances.
In previous encounter Croatia played just really bad. The match against Denmark was one of the lowest level matches this tournament. Russia have to fly and dream but Croatia won't to open much, being rather patient.
In nutshell Russia should be inspired and use own utilities in order to find a net. Corners and missed shots is a factor to don't miss. Croatia is hard nut to crack, in result corners and block shots, a lot of fouls and tackles, that is a beauty of upcoming fixture.
Quice view on previous opta Croatia: 9-9 vs Iceland, 13-12 vs Denmark. Russia: 7-11 Uruguay, 11-9 Spain.