The fate of some European teams towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup are already sealed, many are confirmed spectators for the global mundial already while some countries can start making travel plans already.
The fate of the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts, Russia and finalist Croatia are yet to be decided. One is guaranteed to go through automatically while the other will face the playoffs. Croatia needs a win while a draw is enough for Russia.
The current Russia squad has a combined market value of €153.25m and an average age of 26.27 while Croatia has a combined market value of €312.2m and an average age of 26.35.
While Croatia clearly has an advantage in terms of squad value, they still have their most expensive player in Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic who is worth €40m more than Russia's most expensive player Aleksandar Golovin at €28m.