The 2022 FIFA World Cup is back with another set of games this week. On Thursday, Croatia will play Belgium, a struggling team led by Roberto Martinez, in a Group F match at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Croatia has rebounded from their subpar performance in their opening match to currently hold the lead in Group F.
The 2018 World Cup champions, who defeated Canada by a score of 4-1 last week, will be upbeat going into this match. On the other hand, Belgium is currently in turmoil and is on the verge of elimination. After suffering a shocking 2-0 defeat to Morocco in their previous match, the Red Devils will need to rebound this week.
Belgium has areas of strength available to them however have seen an unsettling dunk in structure throughout the last year. The Red Devils are in desperate need of a change as their golden generation approaches its inevitable end.
Croatia’s World Cup campaign got off to a slow start, but they quickly bounced back with a victory over Canada. On paper, neither team has a better record than the other, and this matchup could end in a draw.
Prediction: Croatia 1-1 Belgium
Out of the eight matches that have been played between the two teams, Croatia and Belgium have each won three games, putting them on an even head-to-head record. Romelu Lukaku scored all three goals in Belgium’s victories over Croatia in all competitions in their previous two encounters. Belgium has never played Croatia at the FIFA World Cup.
In the competition’s history, the Croatians have only lost two of their ten matches against European opponents. In their eight matches against Belgium, Croatia has only scored more than one goal in one of those matches. They last accomplished the feat in 2003. Before their shocking 2-0 defeat to Morocco last week, Belgium had won 13 consecutive matches in the FIFA World Cup group stage.
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