Croatia will host Belgium in Group F of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 3 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 1 December 2022. The match venue is Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, AL Rayyan.
Latest odds on betting sites
Croatia to win odds are priced at 2.80 (+180; American 18/10 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.40 (+240; 12/5), while Belgium to win odds are priced at 2.80 (+180; American 18/10 Fractional)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Croatia — 35%, draw — 29%, Belgium — 36%.
Latest betting odds on Croatia vs Belgium (1 December 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Croatia — 2.20 (+120; 12/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Belgium — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
Croatia smashed Canada by four goals to one in their last game. Alphonso Davies opened the scoreline in the second minute with a nice header into the net. Andrej Kramaric levelled the scoreline in the 36th minute with a nice finish to make it 1-1. Mako Livaja made it 2-1 in the 44th minute with a cool finish into the net.
Andrej Kramaric doubled their lead in the 70th minute with a low shot into the bottom corner. Lovro Majer scored the last goal of the game as they secured a 4-1 victory. Croatia created six big chances in a well-dominated game with 2.62 expected goals. They had 13 shots with 10 being on target.
Croatia is top of the group with four points. They have scored four goals while conceding one with a difference of +3. Croatia needs one point and a draw against Belgium will be enough to qualify for the knockout stages. They are capable of getting it as Belgium has been poor in this tournament.
Croatia team news: All players are fit for the game.
Belgium suffered a 0-2 defeat to Morocco in a shocking defeat. Hakim Ziyech thought he opened the scoreline with a nice free-kick into the net but the goal was ruled out for offside. Romain Saiss later scored the first goal of the game in the 73rd minute with a nice free-kick into the net. Zakaria Aboukhlal doubled their lead in the 92nd minute with a nice finish into the roof of the net.
Belgium created two big chances during the game with 0.96 expected goals. The Red Devils had five shots with three being on target. Belgium is third in the group with three points. They have scored one goal while conceding two goals with a difference of -1. They need a win to qualify for the knockout stages.
Belgium team news: Leandro Trossard is out with a knock.
Croatia vs Belgium H2H
Belgium has won two of the last two meetings between both sides.
Projected lineups and key players
Croatia projected starting lineup:
- Dominik Livakovic
- Borna Sosa
- Josko Gvardiol
- Dejan Lovren
- Josip Juranovic
- Mateo Kovacic
- Marcelo Brozovic
- Luka Modric
- Mislav Orsic
- Andrej Kramaric
- Ivan Perisic
Andrej Kramaric scored two goals in their 4-1 win over Canada. The Croatian international has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances for the national team. Kramaric had five shots during the game with 1.05 expected goals.
Belgium projected starting lineup:
- Thibaut Courtois
- Zeno Debast
- Toby Alderweireld
- Jan Vertonghen
- Thomas Meunier
- Youri Tielemans
- Axel Witsel
- Yannick Carrasco
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Eden Hazard
- Michy Batshuayi
Kevin De Bruyne won the man of the match award in their opening game against Canada. The Manchester City forward was poor in their last game against Morocco and will be looking to bounce back with a win. He has scored 25 goals in 96 appearances for the national team.
Predictions and betting tips
Belgium have been poor during the tournament as they suffered a shocking defeat to Morocco. The Red Devils were not impressive in their opening game as they struggled to get a win against Canada. Croatia smashed Canada by four goals to one in their last game as they took one step towards qualification. I predict no bet on Croatia.
Belgium has scored a goal in three of their last five games in all competitions. Croatia has scored a goal in four of their last five games in all competitions. They have scored the most goals in the group with four goals in two games. I predict both teams will score.
Betting prediction: Draw no bet on Croatia
Odds: 3.20 (+320 American; 12/10 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Both teams to score
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)
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