Odion Ighalo is probably going to begin for Nigeria on what will be his 29th birthday celebration, while Wilfred Ndidi is relied upon to be fit, in spite of worries over hamstring damage.

Safeguard Leon Balogun is an uncertainty in the wake of missing preparing on Thursday. Experienced Croatian group of four Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Vedran Corluka and Mario Mandzukic should begin.

There is still a vulnerability in various positions, yet Ivan Strinic is tipped to get approval at left-back.

A pivotal early counterpart for the two sides
Gathering D, which additionally contains Iceland and Argentina, is seemingly the current year's 'gathering of death' and this amusement is significant for Croatia and Nigeria's expectations of advancing.

While Nigeria is the most minimal positioned country in Group D, Iceland is influencing their World Cup to make a significant appearance while the Africans have just missed one of the last seven World Cups.

The Super Eagles achieved the last 16 of every 1994, 1998 and 2014, even though their gathering prevailed upon Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014 was their first triumph since France 98.

Croatia completed third that year when they made their presence as a free nation, yet they have neglected to achieve the knockout stage since, making bunch exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014.

Genuine Madrid playmaker Modric, Barcelona midfielder Rakitic and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic stay, key players, while Nigeria has former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi as commander, with Premier League combine Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi additionally in their squad.


Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic: "The most vital thing currently is those three focuses. We positively have fantastic hostile players, and we shouldn't be apprehensive. It's critical that we play well and make open doors for our aggressors."


Nigeria mentor Gernot Rohr: "I adore this gathering since we know how to meet the challenge at hand together. Nigeria will be prepared for Croatia."


Croatia plays on the front foot however they are healthy and besides skilful, and I figure they will be excessively stable for Nigeria.

John Mikel Obi, who presently plays in China, is most likely Nigeria's best player and their expectations of influencing it to out of the gathering generally lay on his shoulders.