The Vatreni head into their opener having won just one of their last seven World Cup fixtures, but will be hoping to make use of Argentina and Iceland's 1-1 draw earlier this afternoon.
Nigeria find themselves in a similar run of tepid World Cup form, despite reaching the last 16 in Brazil four years ago.
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CROATIA: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Strinic, Lovren, Vida; Rakitic, Modric, Perisic; Kramaric, Mandzukic, Rebic
CROATIA SUBSTITUTES: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Brozovic, Kalinic, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, N. Kalinic, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric
NIGERIA: Uzoho; Abdullahi, Ekong, Balogun, Idowu; Etebo, Ndidi; Mikel, Iwobi, Moses; Ighalo
NIGERIA SUBSTITUTES: Ezenwa, Akpeyi, Ebuehi, Musa, Ogu, Nwankwo, Onazi, Omeruo, Awaziem, Iheanacho, Echiejile, Obi