All eyes will be on Ahmad bin Ali Stadium when Croatia and Belgium face each other in the Group F derby on Thursday. Here’s how to bet Croatia vs. Belgium with the moneyline, spread and over/under odds.
Croatia vs Belgium Betting Lines
The pre-tournament Group F favorites face off on Thursday night, with the prize being qualification through to the World Cup knockout rounds. Zlatko Dalic’s troops came from behind to crush Canada 4-1 in Doha to climb to the top position in Group F. Since the Croats are one point away from booking their spot in the last 16, they are likely to adopt a cautious approach.
Andrej Kramaric starred with two goals while Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic delivered two assists against Canada. Looking at all competitions, Croatia are currently on a run of six victories and a draw in the previous seven outings. Kramaric will be the main source of attacking inspiration for Croatia against Belgium. The forgotten Leicester man has reinvented himself in the Bundesliga and he’s enjoying a great season with Hoffenheim.
With no fresh injury worries to report, Zlatko Dalic is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Canada. Luka Modric could well be the man to make the difference. The only change will probably be upfront with Mario Pasalic pushing for a start over Nikola Vlasic. There’s great value on Croatia in this match so if you’re betting online, you should back them to pick up at least one point.
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Belgium: Under Pressure
New details are continuing to emerge over Belgium’s underwhelming World Cup campaign, as Roberto Martinez struggles to maintain the squad. Martinez has admitted that there are some issues within the squad, with the Red Devils facing an early exit if they lose to Croatia.
His big stars have clashed in the dressing room and have made controversial remarks to the media. One of the new findings indicates that Kevin de Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois actually do not speak due to private reasons, despite being on the same national side.
The report also states that captain Eden Hazard and Leandro Trossard are not on talking terms, the same as strikers Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi but no reason has been given. In other words, there’s no unity, the dressing room is a mess and this is one of the main reasons why the team is not performing. That’s why we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Midfielder Amadou Onana serves a one-game ban, with Youri Tielemans likely to step up. Fit-again Inter striker Romelu Lukaku should start as well after coming as a substitute in the second group game. A win would confirm Belgium’s qualification and leave Croatia sweating over Morocco’s result.
Croatia vs Belgium Match Information
- Match: Croatia vs Belgium
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (Al Rayyan)
- Croatia vs Belgium Live stream: fubo.tv
Croatia vs Belgium Picks & Prediction
- Worth betting on the Moneyline?
You can’t separate these teams in terms of odds as both are priced at +165 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. The job is by no means done for Dalic and his troops who now can’t afford a defeat in the final day’s clash against Belgium. The pressure is on Belgium who must win this game and they will definitely have an attacking approach and leave many gaps at the gap. Croatia will happily give the ball away and score on the break. We expect an entertaining match with Croatia being solid at the back and able to pick up the three points.
- Worth betting Against the Spread?
The value is on Croatia. They enter this clash full of confidence are ready to take advantage of Belgium’s internal issues and defensive struggles. They need a point but it’s risky to play for the draw so we expect them to cover the spread at -110.
- Worth betting the Totals?
This game should have goals. The goal line is set at 2½ with the over being priced at +100. Belgium will be forced to attack from the first minute of the game, Croatia are deadly on the break so there’s no way this match could finish with less than three goals.
SCORE PREDICTION: Croatia 2, Belgium 1
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.