Croatia go up against Belgium this coming Thursday in a game that will take place at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. This is their third and final outing in the group stages of the World Cup.
Following two rounds of matches in the group stage, Croatia sit as number one with four points, while Belgium collected three points as number three. Croatia are looking ahead to their forthcoming match as number 12, whilst Belgium are number two in the FIFA world ranking.
Croatia are challenging for first place in their group, and a draw might be enough. A draw would even secure passage to the next stage, and they'd be disappointed to end the tournament after only three matches.
Belgium were big favourites to top their group and they could still do just that, but they could also exit the tournament after this match which would be a considerable surprise.
Croatia vs Belgium Prediction
Croatia are unbeaten in their last three matches, first beating Saudi Arabia 0-1, and then drawing 0-0 with Morocco. They were back as winners when they defeated Canada 4-1. Croatia were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in one of these outings.
Croatia only average a modest 1.5 goals per game in their last ten matches in this tournament, in which they scored 15 goals. They also conceded eight for an average of 0.8 per game. They kept their opponents from scoring four times.
In their previous three encounters, Belgium lost 1-2 against Egypt, won 1-0 against Canada and lost 0-2 against Morocco. Belgium claimed five wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing one along the way. They endured defeat in four of the games in this run.
Belgium head into their next match on Thursday having performed a tolerable average of 1.6 goals in ten matches. They scored a total of 16 , whilst shipping 12 goals against. An average of 1.2 goals against a game. They hung on to a clean sheet three times in this streak.
After collecting four points from their first two World Cup outings, Croatia have their target set on getting through the third round undefeated. Naturally, they hope to keep their momentum rolling and challenge for a top spot in the group. Having so far lost and won a match in their World Cup group, Belgium still have the next round firmly in sight. A win here would go a long way in keeping that target in sight and getting through to the next round.
Croatia vs Belgium Stats
- Croatia have not lost 18 of the last 20 matches
- In 10 of the last 11 Croatia matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Croatia have scored in 14 of the last 16 matches
- Croatia have won 5 of the last 6 matches
- In 5 of the last 7 Croatia matches the sum of goals was under 2.5
- Belgium have scored in 58 of the last 60 matches
- In the last 6 Belgium matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Belgium have conceded in 6 of the last 8 matches
- Belgium have not lost 5 of the last 7 matches
Croatia vs Belgium Lineups
Croatia vs Belgium Betting Tips
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Croatia claimed all three points seven times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing two along the way. They endured defeat in one of the games in this run. Belgium have won five of their last 10 games, while drawing one and losing four in this series of matches.
Before their upcoming match, Croatia look back on eight games without losing.
Over 2.5 goals happened in five of Croatia’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of 1.5 goals along the way. Over 2.5 goals happened in five of the last ten outings for Belgium, who managed to score 1.6 times in those matches.
Over 2.5 goals came up three times in the previous eight encounters between Croatia and Belgium, as Croatia scored 1.15 goals on average per game and Belgium averaging 0.76 goals. Both teams scored in three times of these matches.
Croatia scored the first goal of the match in five games from a possible ten. Belgium scored the opening goal in five of a possible ten games. Croatia managed three wins without conceding a goal in their previous 10 matches across all tournaments.