The Super Eagles reached the last 16 at Brazil 2014 and may again be seen by many as dark horses to do well in Russia, judged on the Nigeria World Cup 2018 odds.
Four years ago, Nigeria pushed La Albiceleste close in a 3-2 Porto Alegre defeat and had already done enough to advance by taking four points off Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran.
That was the third time they had reached the last 16, having previously achieved the same feat in 1994 and 1998, only for France to then send them home.
In fact, the Super Eagles have only missed out on one of the last six World Cup tournaments and were the first African country to qualify for Russia 2018.
Gernot Rohr’s side started out with four wins and a draw and eventually finished five points clear of Zambia in their pool, despite losing 3-0 in Algeria when having nothing at stake.
The most impressive of their victories was a 4-0 thrashing of Cameroon in Uyo, where they also beat Algeria 3-1 and Zambia 1-0.
Facing Croatia first up in Kaliningrad will be tough, but there will still be plenty of positive Nigeria World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
The four goalscorers in last September’s demolition of Cameroon are all familiar faces, starting off with former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.
He netted 33 times in 82 games for the Hornets and has shone for Changchun Yatai since securing a lucrative move to China.
Athletic midfielder John Obi Mikel also now plies his trade in that country but is best known for helping Chelsea to win two Premier League titles and the Champions League.
Wing-back Victor Moses is a current favourite at Stamford Bridge who has already reached double figures in the scoring department for Nigeria.
Completing the rout of Cameroon was 21-year-old forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who cost Leicester £25million after showing plenty of early promise for Manchester City.
Foxes team-mate Wilfred Ndidi regularly features in an energetic midfield, while Ahmed Musa is another to have caught the eye at King Power Stadium before returning to CSKA Moscow on loan in January.
Arsenal front man Alex Iwobi represented England at various youth levels prior to switching his allegiance to the Super Eagles in 2015.
Rank (world): 50
WC appearances: 5
Best effort: Last 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014
Road to Russia
Algeria 3-0 NGA
NGA 1-0 Zambia
Cameroon 1-1 NGA
NGA 4-0 Cameroon
NGA 3-1 Algeria
Zambia 1-2 NGA
John Obi Mikel (M)
Victor Moses (M)
Wilfred Ndidi (M)
Ahmed Musa (F)
Odion Ighalo (F)
Alex Iwobi (F)
Gernot Rohr – GER