Last Updated on November 30, 2022 11:42 am by Erwin Noguera
Group F of the Qatar 2022 World Cup closes with a great match between Croatia and Belgium that is life or death, especially for the Red Devils.
Croatia comes in as the leader of the group after a great victory against Canada and with the peace of mind that a draw gives them access to the round of 16.
For its part, Belgium is experiencing its worst moment, showing a bad game and a crisis within the team. They have to win or they are sent home.
Thursday, December 1 at 10:00 am ET at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
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Why Bet on Croatia
Croatia had a renaissance against Canada. After a bad game versus Morocco, where they equalized 0-0, the Croats recovered and beat Canada 4-1, despite starting losing, they reminded the world that they are the current runners-up and that they will continue fighting.
In addition, their striker Andrej Kramaric scored 2 goals, and he does so at a great time to become the scorer his team needed.
Croatia starts with an advantage in this match since they are first with 4 points, so the tie favors them. Even losing, they may advance but it would depend on what happens between Morocco and Canada.
Why Bet on Bélgica
In Belgium, everything is going from bad to worse. They started poorly but managed to defeat Canada 1-0 thanks in part to a penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois. Then in the second game, they continued to play poorly and this time Morocco did not forgive them and beat them 2-0. But hopefully, the problems were only in football.
The dressing room is broken. First, it was Kevin De Bruyne who said that the best moment of this team had passed, that the opportunity was in 2018, and that “we are too old”. Then the one who came out to the next game to speak was the defender Jan Vertonghen who said “I suppose we attacked badly because we are also too old up front”, in a clear criticism of what his “partner” said.
This week the newspaper L’Equipe said that after the match against Morocco there was a fight in the dressing room between Vertonghen, De Bruyne, and Eden Hazard, which Romelu Lukaku had to break up. As if that were not enough, Courtois and De Bruyne have not spoken for several years after the goalkeeper messed with the midfielder’s ex-wife. Hazard and Leandro Trossard do not speak, nor do Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi. Coach Roberto Martínez affirmed that “there is tension” in the team, but that it is normal after the results they are obtaining. The Spanish will likely leave his position after the World Cup.
Belgium has to win to get through to the round of 16. If they tie, they should expect Canada to beat Morocco.
Final Betting Analysis: Croatia vs. Belgium
It will be a good game between two teams that need a win, or a draw in the case of Croatia, to qualify for the round of 16. They will go out to win from the first minute, but we think that from what has been shown in this World Cup and the internal fights that various media mention, we believe that Croatia will be the winner.
At MyBookie.ag we find that it’s all even, and Croatia has a Moneyline of +168, while Belgium has +167 and the draw is at +237.
The last time these two teams met was in a friendly on June 6 last year and Belgium won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
Go for a straight win for Croatia in the Moneyline. If you bet $100 on the win at +168, you will gain $168 for a total payout of $268.