Croatia vs Belgium Prediction & Best Bet for 2022 World Cup (Belgians Fail to Advance to Knockout Round)

Larry Rupp
Croatia vs Belgium prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022 World Cup match.
Croatia vs Belgium prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022 World Cup match. / AP Photos/Thanassis Stavrakis
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Croatia vs Belgium Match Info

2022 World Cup — Group Stage (F)
Croatia vs. Belgium
Date: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium — Al Rayyan, Qatar
Coverage: FOX

Group F action continues during the 2022 World Cup with a matchup between Croatia and Belgium set for kickoff on Thursday morning. Croatia took care of business in an impressive 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday. Meanwhile, Belgium was on the wrong end of another surprising World Cup upset in a 2-0 loss to Morocco.

Croatia vs Belgium Odds & Spread

All World Cup betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: CRO: (+175) | BEL: (+160) | DRAW: (+230)
Spread: CRO: +1 (-220) | BEL: -1 (+440)
Total: 2.5 – Over: (+100) | Under: (-122)
Team to Score the First Goal: CRO: (-105) | BEL: (-110) I NO GOALS: (+900)

Belgium enters this match as slight favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This Thursday clash also features a total of 2.5 goals, with the under favored at -122 odds.

Croatia vs Belgium Prediction & Pick

Two medallists from the 2018 World Cup meet head-to-head on Thursday in a match that will have a substantial impact on the Group F standings. A win by either side would cement the victor a spot in the knockout round. However, a draw would leave Belgium waiting on the result of Morocco/Canada.

Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne joked before the World Cup that Belgium's squad is "too old" to win it all. Well, that statement has looked like anything but a joke so far. Belgium has been weak in attack and has failed to defend well around the net. I don't expect that to change against a solid Croatia team.

Final Score Prediction: Croatia: 2 | Belgium: 1

Croatia vs Belgium Betting Trends

- Belgium defeated Croatia, 1-0, in the most recent head-to-head meeting on June 6, 2021.
- Croatia is 4-1-0 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Belgium is 2-0-3 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Croatia's best finish at the World Cup came when it reached the final in 2018.
- Belgium's best finish at the World Cup came when it reached the semi-finals in 2018.

Croatia vs Belgium Best Bet

This one is tough because Croatia would be fine with a draw as it would mean clinching a spot in the knockout round. However, sending home a talented Belgium squad would give the Croatians a ton of momentum moving forward. This is a team that has haunted them in international play. I expect Luka Modric and Andrej Kramaric to lead Croatia to a sweet victory, but take the Tie No Bet to be safe here.

Bet: Tie No Bet: Croatia (-105)

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