Belgium finds themselves in a difficult situation before Thursday’s last match of the group against Croatia. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
Over 2½ and Both Teams To Score – Yes (+125)
Croatia oppose Belgium Thursday afternoon in a meeting between two semifinalists at the 2018 World Cup. Both may have reached the semis in Russia, but a spot in the round of 16 in Qatar is not certain.
Zlatko Dalic’s side is better placed after the 4-1 victory against Canada took their point total to four. Even a draw sends Croatia to the next round. Belgium’s position is more complicated, having lost to Morocco. Roberto Martinez’s side could theoretically qualify with one more point, but only if winless Canada defeat Morocco by four or more goals in the other group game.
Basically, their only option is to beat Croatia. Things don’t look well, the latest results and pressure from the international media are haunting them. Belgium’s defeat to Morocco appears to have opened a can of worms, as some big stars reportedly had a huge confrontation in the dressing room.
One of their best players, Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne, said that the Belgian squad is too old to win the Cup. The lack of unity will play an important role in this match. Belgium still has the quality to find the back of the net, so if you’re betting online, this is a great combo to consider.
Croatia Wins and Both Teams To Score – Yes (+450)
Belgium’s World Cup campaign has been fraught with doubt and suspicion, too. This will probably be their “Golden Generation” final game, as we expect them to return home after the group portion. Croatia has a fighting spirit, quality, and unity sufficient to beat Belgium.
Croatia is on a run of six wins and a draw in their previous seven matches, with one of the best midfield lines in the world with Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic. Also, two players who will once again lead the attacking line, Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic. Croatia ML and both teams to score is one of the best combos on the market. We will include it in our soccer picks and parlays.
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Andrej Kramaric Anytime Goalscorer (+260)
Hoffenheim’s striker, Andrej Kramaric, completed a brace in Sunday’s 4-1 drubbing of Canada. He had a third “goal” disallowed due to offside. He also scored in the last match before the Cup, when Croatia won, 1-0, in a friendly against Saudi Arabia.
He’s the focal point on Croatia’s attacking line, and won’t sit on the bench in this crucial match. There’s a great connection between Perisic and Modric, both should offer him some great chances inside the box. He’s at +260 to score at least one goal in the match, according to the latest soccer odds. Expect him to deliver.
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