Croatia vs Canada: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Croatia vs Canada: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Croatia and Canada will be looking to boost their chances of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup when they meet on Sunday at 4pm (UK time).

Croatia vs Canada: Betting tips

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Croatia vs Canada: Predictions

Croatia vs Canada: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? No 91/100 with Midnite
Correct score Croatia 1-0 Canada 29/5 with Midnite
First Goalscorer Andrej Kramaric 22/5 with Midnite

Before the start of the tournament, Croatia were being backed to go through to the last 16 of the World Cup alongside Belgium, and they entered in good form. Placed in a Uefa Nations League group alongside Denmark, Frank and Austria, Croatia emerged with four wins from their six games and finished top, securing their spot in the semi-finals. Croatia will be hoping to take some inspiration from that campaign too, as they lost their opening game before getting wins over all three sides (including two vs Denmark).

Croatia’s start to the World Cup wasn’t as bad as a defeat, getting a goalless draw vs Morocco, but the performance left a lot to be desired. Zlatko Dalic’s men will take heart from the fact that Morocco face Belgium in their next game, so a win here could put them on the brink of the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, Canada will be looking to lift themselves up after what must feel like an agonising defeat. Canada were frankly brilliant in their opening game against Belgium, thoroughly dominating the group favourites and almost had the dream start when they were awarded a penalty. But Alphonso Davies’ miss was a sign of things to come, and despite being on top, Canada fell to Michy Batshuayi’s strike just before half-time.

The defeat extended Canada’s wait for a first World Cup point and goal, having failed to find the net in their only previous appearance at the tournament in 1986. However, there may also be a part of Canada that will feel buoyed by their performance against Belgium and encouraged that they can get a result against Croatia that would put them in full control of their destiny.

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Croatia vs Canada match result odds

Croatia vs Canada match stats

In their domination of Belgium, Canada amassed an xG of 2.63, the fourth-most of any team at the World Cup so far. But, most importantly, they failed to score a single goal – underperforming against their xG by the most at the tournament so far. At the same time, Croatia had just 0.52 xG in their goalless draw with Morocco in what may be the worst game at this World Cup.

There have been a couple of big scores at the World Cup so far, but there have also been a lot of cagey affairs. With just three games to make or break the group stage, and minimal preparation time pre-tournament, teams are being a lot more defensive at this World Cup, particularly in the first half of their matches. In fact, eight of the 16 games played in the opening round of the World Cup group stage were goalless at half-time.

Croatia vs Canada: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Croatia 1-0 Canada

Croatia vs Canada head-to-head

This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.


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