The Blazers have tended to under-perform at major tournaments but the quality of their squad means few chances will be taken with the Croatia World Cup 2018 odds.
Croatia could only manage second place in their qualifying pool, trailing Iceland by a couple of points after each team prevailed on home turf in head-to-head meetings.
However, they then impressed when brushing aside Greece in a play-off, winning 4-1 in the first leg in Zagreb before holding firm for a goalless draw in Piraeus.
Dalic only replaced Ante Cacic as head coach in the build-up to those games, so he will be hoping to maintain the momentum gained from that flying start.
Since finishing third in 1998, Croatia have failed to make it through the group stage in three subsequent World Cup appearances.
Four years ago in Brazil, they lost to the hosts and Mexico either side of a big win over Cameroon.
There were some promising signs at Euro 2016, though, when beating Spain 2-1 to finish ahead of La Roja in their pool, before only going down in extra-time to eventual winners Portugal at the last-16 stage.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Midfield looks the key area for Dalic to build around and the strength in this department will ensure plenty of positive Croatia World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Real Madrid star Luka Modric has over 100 international appearances to his credit and Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic is also closing in on a century of caps.
That pair should help to pull the strings and control possession, while Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic can always provide a creative spark going forward.
Up front, Mario Mandzukic of Juventus and AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic are two more proven performers with a wealth of experience behind them.
Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric has had a good season in the Bundesliga to offer an extra attacking option.
Liverpool centre-half Dejan Lovren can help to keep things steady at the back alongside Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko.
Rank (world): 17
WC appearances: 4
Best effort: Third place in 1998
Road to Russia
Greece 0-0 CRO
CRO 4-1 Greece
Ukraine 0-2 CRO
CRO 1-1 Finland
Turkey 1-0 CRO
CRO 1-0 Kosovo
Iceland 1-0 CRO
CRO 1-0 Ukraine
Dejan Lovren (D)
Luka Modric (M)
Ivan Rakitic (M)
Ivan Perisic (M)
Mario Mandzukic (F)
Nikola Kalinic (F)
Zlatko Dalic – CRO