Belgium reached the semi-final stage of the 2018 World Cup and managed to beat tournament favourites Brazil before losing to eventual winners France. However, the Red Devils look a pale imitation of that side in Qatar, with Romelu Lukaku having been selected despite not being fit for the majority of the first two games.

Similarly, Eden Hazard didn’t convince for an hour of the Sunday clash against Morocco, with Belgium surviving a VAR-disallowed goal against the African side before losing that match 2-0. Kevin de Bruyne then caused ripples by claiming that the team were too old to compete in the tournament, with manager Roberto Martinez claiming that the players weren’t having too much fun.

Therefore, we can potentially side with a more spirited Croatia side who definitely have a sense of togetherness. The were finalists in 2018 and retain the brilliant midfield unit that sees Modric, Kovacic and Brozovic all functioning in the engine room. They might be a good bet to simply win the game.

Croatia might only need a draw but the fact that they managed to score four goals against the Canucks after previously drawing a blank against Morocco suggest that goals could be on the cards here. If Belgium go a goal down in this clash, then it could see their heads drop and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Croatians enjoy another comfortable margin of victory.


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