Croatia vs Belgium
Croatia vs Belgium Match Preview
These two giants in world football will be facing off against each other as part of match 3 of 3 in Group F, on December 1, 2022 at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar. Kickoff is scheduled for 16:00 CEST (15:00 UK time). Croatia vs Belgium is one of the early round headliners a lot of fans are waiting for as it may provide an indication as to which one of these teams is capable of making a deep run at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Great Defense against Great Offense
Croatia vs Belgium Betting Odds & Predictions
If you came for the stars, chances are you will find many of them in this game. Zlatko Dalić‘s side has shown an defensive mindset since the technician’s arrival at the helm of the Croatian national team. His stifling 4-2-3-1 formation can close the gaps better than most others while, at the same time, being ferocious in its counter-attacking game.
Croatia qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup by going 21-4 in scoring over a 10 game stretch. They made the 2018 World Finals in Russia where they lost 4-2 to France, and Spain needed extra time to beat them during the 2021 Euro Cup.
Midfielders Marcelo Brozović and Mateo Kovačić will need to bring their A-game against Belgium, which is ranked second in the world, right behind Brazil. This is also likely to be Luka Modrić‘s last World Cup. Modrić turns 37 on September 9, 2022, right before the World Cup.
Croatia vs Belgium Favorites to Win
Roberto Martínez, Belgium’s head coach, has other plans, of course. His Red Devils’ offense is virtually unstoppable in its current 3-4-3 formation, with a constant push forward over the wings and through the middle. Belgium placed 3rd in Russia at the 2018 World Cup, but showed impressive form during the qualification rounds, scoring a total of 25 goals in 8 undefeated games. During the 2021 Euro Cup, they lost only to ultimate winners, Italy (which did not qualify for the Qatar World Cup).
The Red Devils will rely heavily on their superstar squad to score (Kevin De Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco, and Romelu Lukaku) while maintaining one of the top-rated goalkeepers in the world in-between the posts in Real Madrid superstar, Thibaut Courtois.