On Sunday, Croatia and Canada will face off in a Group F matchup at the Khalifa International Stadium. With a goalless draw against Morocco, Croatia got their World Cup campaign off to a good start. The 2018 winners had a lot of possession against the African team, but they didn’t get any chances in the final third that were meaningful.
On Wednesday, Belgium defeated Canada, who were making their first appearance at the World Cup since 1986. They gave up a goal against the flow of the game, which Michy Batshuayi converted into a game-winning goal in the 44th minute.
Croatia will need to win this game to avoid having to win their final group-stage match against Belgium on Thursday. For Canada, this is a must-win game because they will be eliminated from the group stage and remain at the bottom of the table if they lose.
Kockasti will be hopeful of a positive outcome given that they have not lost in any of their last seven games across all competitions. One of their most obvious flaws was their lack of pace up front, which contributed to their struggles in the final third against Morocco. In this match, they might try to start Mislav Orsic.
In that match, Luka Modric was the master of the midfield, but he will need some help in the middle of the field. Alphonso Davies will be looking to redeem himself with a strong performance here after missing a penalty against Belgium in the season opener.
Canada’s World Cup performance has been subpar, and their lack of World Cup experience may prove to be their undoing. We anticipate Croatia to win this match because they have a team with a lot of experience.
Prediction: Croatia 2-1 Canada
This will be the first time the two teams will meet. Canada has a poor record at the FIFA World Cup, losing all four of their games so far and failing to score in any of those games. In Canada’s last four FIFA World Cup games, less than 2.5 goals have been scored.
Three of Croatia’s last five matches at the FIFA World Cup were decided on penalties, leaving them winless. On Wednesday, Croatia and Morocco played out a goalless draw, their first time not scoring in a FIFA World Cup match.
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