World Cup Group F is set to go right down to the wire on Thursday afternoon. Four teams, two games, are playing simultaneously on Thursday afternoon. Here we will talk about the match between Croatia and Belgium. Entering the fixtures, Croatia and Morocco both have four points due to their wins over Canada and Belgium, respectively, on Sunday.
2018 finalist Croatia is topped by a superior goal difference after they beat the Canadian team 4-1. So, it is clear that the Blazers need to avoid a loss against Belgium to secure qualification. Conversely, The Red Devil is in the third position with three points but knows a win over Croatia will take them through.
So, let's learn more about the game between Croatia and Belgium happening on Thursday, December 1.
World Cup 2022: Croatia vs. Belgium Match Preview
- The Croatian team can seal the top spot by matching Morocco's result and preserving their superior goal difference.
- For Belgium, a draw will only be sufficient if Morocco loses to Canada with a goal difference then coming into play.
- Croatia and Belgium are meeting each other for the first time in FIFA World Cup.
- The Red Devil has won their two last encounters with Croatia.
Croatia vs. Belgium Possible Lineups
Croatia's Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic, Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gcvardiol, Borna Sosa, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Livaja, Ivan Perisic
Belgium's Predicted Lineup (3-4-2-1): Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Timothy Castagne, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Leandro Trossard, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Michy Batshuayi
Players To Watch at Croatia vs. Belgium
Croatia is going head-to-head with Belgium starting on December 1, 2022. There are a lot of familiar faces in both teams from the podium finishes in 2018, but the Red Devils seem to be landed more firmly in the past. Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, and Mateo Kovacic are one of the most substantial midfield units in the competition.
Meanwhile, Belgium's current form has been a little patchy. Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku are the key players on the Belgian side.
Croatia vs. Belgium Prediction Explored
The World Cup 2022 Group F game between Croatia and Belgium will be held on December 1 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. On eight occasions, Croatia and Belgium have met previously, with three Croatia triumphs, three for Belgium, and two for draws.
The recent encounter was in June 2021 in a friendly, which Belgium won 1-0. Romelu Lukaku scored the goal. So, fans from both countries are hoping for their team to win this game.
Our Prediction: Croatia 2-1 Belgium
Meanwhile, 36% are on the side of Croatia, while 36% are on Belgium's side. Likewise, 28% say the game will end draw.
Croatia vs. Belgium Match Details: Tickets, Kickoff Time, Stadium
Tickets for Croatia vs. Belgium are available on many websites, including StubHub, Ticombo, TicketKosta, and FIFA.com/tickets.
Kickoff Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
Date: Thursday, December 1
Stadium: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Location: Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Croatia vs. Belgium Betting Tips and Odds
Belgium to win & Lukaku to score: The Red Devils have won their last two meetings with Croatia in all competitions, with Lukaku scoring all three of their goals across these wins.
Croatia to win: Croatia has won six of their last seven games in all competitions, while Belgium has lost three of their previous four.