Not a single team from Group E and Group F clinched a spot in the knockout stages just yet, so action is guaranteed on Thursday 1st December. Match of the day is happening in the evening when Croatia faces Belgium where just one of these two sides can proceed to the next stage.
The Red Devils were shockingly defeated by Morocco in round two, so now they have to beat The Blazers. Canada will surely try to exit the tournament with some points on their account, so all in all, this should be an interesting day. Check out our Over/Under selections below:
- Canada vs Morocco – Under 2.5 goals
- Croatia vs Belgium – Under 2.5 goals
- Costa Rica vs Germany – Under 3.5 goals
- Spain vs Japan – Over 2.5 goals
Canada vs Morocco
Morocco has demonstrated great defense in the opening two rounds. First, they were able to keep a clean sheet against potent and aggressive Croatia, followed by a huge 2-0 victory against Belgium. The Atlas Lions also kept four clean sheets in four friendly games just before the World Cup 2022, so we are expecting that trend to continue on Thursday as well.
Canada is out of the tournament after losing back-to-back duels against Belgium and Croatia. This squad ended the qualifying cycle with great stats, conceding only seven goals in fourteen duels. All signs are pointing at the Under pick here on 8/11.
Croatia vs Belgium
At the moment of publishing this acca, bookies in the UK are offering the same 8/5 price on Croatia or Belgium to win. Everyone expects to see a narrow clash as the stakes are high. As mentioned above, Belgium has no room for calculation after losing to Morocco. They have to win this match to proceed to the next stage. The “Golden Generation” is not looking good on the pitch though.
The attacking trio De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Batshuayi didn’t show much in the opening two games. Many would say that Belgium didn’t even deserve three points from the opening duel against Canada. As for the opposition, Croatia is feeling confident after thrashing the Maple Leafs a couple of days ago 4-1. The Blazers kept two clean sheets in their last three games. We are expecting to see a careful approach from both sides because an early goal could ruin so many plans. Under is the pick at 4/5.
Costa Rica vs Germany
We see good value in backing the Under 3.5 goals option here at 1/1. Germany will qualify for the next stage if a couple of conditions are met. First, they have to defeat Costa Rica in the 3rd round. Second is Spain not losing against Japan. Hans Flick’s side opened the tournament with a shocking 1-2 loss to Japan, followed by a much better performance and a 1-1 draw against Spain.
Let’s not forget that Costa Ricans are also in the race for the top two positions. They are perfectly aware that playing an open match against Die Mannschaft could lead to another disaster. We are expecting Costa Rica to park the bus and try their luck with counterattacks. Correct score prediction 0:2.
Japan vs Spain
We are going to wrap this acca with a clash between Japan and Spain, backing the Over option at 8/11. The Red Fury has been a joy to watch so far in this tournament. Luis Enrique’s boys have been all about offense, creating so many goal opportunities against Germany in round two.
Ferran Torres and Alvaro Morata have been brilliant inside the box, and we expect their great form to continue on Thursday against Japan. The Asian side has participated in so many high-scoring affairs on the big stage. Three out of their four games in Russia 2018 ended with three goals or more.