Croatia v Portugal preview — Modric ready to send domestic team-mate Ronaldo packing

Saturday’s stand-out last-16 clash sees the impressive Croatia take on a Portugal side fortunate not to be back home already.

Portugal failed to win a single game in the group stages, but new formatting at this edition of the tournament meant three points was enough to see them progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Croatia on the other hand booked their place in impressive fashion, securing seven points from a possible nine, while beating current European Champions Spain in the process to top the group.

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The only time they dropped points was against Czech Republic and they were fortunate to be pegged back their, with their opponents netting an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot.

Croatia have played against stronger position than Portugal, who faced Iceland, Austria and Hungary, and got better results, and it’s for that reason we can’t see anything other than a win for Croatia.

Sportsbet.io make Croatia a generous 2.78 to win the game, with the draw available at 3.00 and Portugal priced at 2.97.

Luka Modric is a massive part of the Croatia squad and he will return to the starting line-up having been forced to sit out of the victory against Spain with a slight injury picked up in their previous clash.

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He knows everything a player needs to know about Portugal’s main danger Cristiano Ronaldo having played alongside him for a number of years while playing for Real Madrid in La Liga.

Both got their hands on the Champions League trophy last season thanks to their victory against Atletico Madrid and both will be hoping to add to their collection in France this summer.

But it will Modric whose side go furthest and he looks value to open the scoring in the evening clash with Sportsbet.io offering a very tempting 16.29.

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