World Cup 2022 Croatia vs Belgium, Tips & Predictions

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Croatia vs Belgium - World Cup 2022

The two heavyweights in this group meet in the final round of matches where defeat for either Croatia or Belgium could see them eliminated. The game will start at 18:00 local time at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Thursday, 1st December.

Croatia were disappointing in their opening game against Morocco before coming from behind to beat Canada 4-1 on Sunday. Belgium scraped past Canada in their first match before a shock defeat to Morocco, which leaves them on the cusp of elimination.

Belgium are currently the narrow favourite at 8/5 with Betzone.

Croatia vs Belgium Best Odds

Croatia vs Belgium Key Points and Trends

  • Head-to-Head: Croatia have failed to beat Belgium in their last three matches, including a 1-0 friendly defeat last year.
  • Croatia: Have only made it out of the group on two occasions, but when doing so, they reached the semi-final and final.
  • Belgium: Progressed with the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the previous two World Cup Finals.
  • Player: Romelu Lukaku has five goals in the World Cup finals and should be fit to start this vital game.

Croatia vs Belgium Betting Tips

Three of the four games featuring these two sides have had under 2.5 goals, which is also likely to be a cagey affair.

UNDER 2.5 GOALS - 4/5

Belgium need a victory, but Croatia will be a stubborn opponent, and the Belgians have looked below their best in attack.

DRAW - 23/10

Croatia vs Belgium Analysis

CROATIA

They went 1-0 down to Canada on Sunday but controlled the game after that point and ran out easy winners in the end. The semi-finalists from 2018 only need a point to guarantee qualification, and with an experienced line-up, they should make it to the knockouts.

Key Players:  Luka Modridc, Mateo Kovacic

Team News: Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic all started vs Canada, but Nikola Vlasic could miss out with a calf injury.

Predicted Line-Up: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic

BELGIUM

The Red Devils were fortunate to overcome Canada and were well below their best when falling to defeat against Morocco in the second round of group matches. They look like a team past their prime and could face an early exit unless they can turn things around quickly.

Key Players: Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard

Team News: Romelu Lukaku came off the bench against Morocco and could be fit enough to start this crucial match. Andre Onana misses out through suspension.

Predicted Line-Up: Courtois, Castagne, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Hazard, De Bruyne, Trossard, Lukaku 

Croatia vs Belgium Prediction

Belgium will need a victory to progress and have lacked fluidity in their play, while Croatia are slowly growing into the tournament and know a point will be enough to see them through.

BET ON THE DRAW - 23/10 with Fitzdares

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