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World Cup Day 4. Previews and Betting Tips

Three days into the World Cup and we have been spoiled with nonstop goals, saves, upsets, skills and all the action that makes us love the World Cup.

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Here is a look at the games scheduled for day 4 of the world cup, our assessment of the match and betting tips.

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Morocco vs Croatia

 

Morocco vs Croatia: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-headCroatia came within 90 minutes of a first-ever world cup trophy, but ultimately lost to France in the Russia 2018 final. They begin the quest to match or surpass that feat when they play Morocco in their opening Group F match on Wednesday at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Morocco are in their second successive World Cup and will want to do better than their 2018 campaign where they did not progress beyond the group stage.

The only time these teams played against each other before now was 26 years ago in the semi-finals of the 1996 Hassan II Trophy. Croatia won 7-6 on penalties after seeing Morocco erased a two-goal advantage to take the match to penalties.

Form Guide

Morocco

The Atlas Lions head into the World Cup on a five-match unbeaten streak, they played three warm-up friendlies ahead of the World Cup, beating Chile and Georgia on either side of a goalless draw against Paraguay.

Croatia

Croatia won four successive UEFA Nations League fixtures to top a group which also included France, Denmark and Austria.

Croatia have lost only once in 16 games since losing 5-3 to Spain at Euro 2020, they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their most recent warm up friendly.

Morocco v Croatia World Cup Qatar 2022 Betting Preview

Team News

Morocco

Head coach Walid Regragui is likely to field a strong side with the star players retaining their places. Sofyan Amrabat is due to return in midfield with Achraf Hakimi at right back.

Romain Saiss and Nayef Aguerd as center backs, while Sofiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri and Hakim Ziyech will lead from the front.

Potential Morocco starting XI: Bono; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

(4-3-3)

Croatia

The Croatia team should be similar to the one that was successful during the Nations League. Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are the midfield duo that dictate what Zlato Dalic’s team does.

The rest of the places are also pretty cast in stone with the only game time decision being if Bruno Petkovic or Kramaric starts up front.

Potential Croatia starting XI: Livakovic; Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic

(4-3-3)

Prediction

Morocco have found their way back to the World Cup for the second time after failing to qualify 4 out of five times before. They were dumped out of the African Nations cup in the quarter finals by Egypt and have not exactly been a powerhouse on the continent. However, they have a young talented side that can spring a surprise on Croatia.

Regardless, Croatia are the better side and come into the World Cup with the same core of players that went all the way to the finals last time. We should get an entertaining clash that ends in a Croatia victory.

Bet on

  • Croatia to win @ 2.15
  • Over 1.5 goals @ 1.45
  • Croatia to win either halves @ 1.65

 

 


Germany vs Japan

Germany vs Japan: Predicted lineup, Injury news, head-to-head

Germany are back at the World Cup looking to get over the disappointment of their group stage exit last time. They start their campaign against Japan on Wednesday at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Japan are making their seventh successive World Cup appearance, they had a good outing in Russia, reaching the last 16 before losing to Belgium, making it their third round of 16 exit, which is the furthest they have ever gone at the World Cup.

Form Guide

 Germany

Germany were the first team to qualify for the World Cup finals besides  the  host nation Qatar.

However, they have been underwhelming in the lead up to the tournament proper with just two wins from their last eight games.

They finished third in their Nations League group that had Italy, England and Hungary in it.

In their final friendly on Wednesday, they defeated Oman by a lone goal.

Japan

Hajime Moriyasu’s team have been inconsistent, in five friendlies played, they have won two matches, drawn two and and lost one.

They lost 2-1 to Canada in their last warm-up friendly, but had beaten USA and Korea Republic, with draws against Ecuador and China.

Germany vs. Japan World Cup time, live stream, TV channel, lineups, odds for FIFA Qatar 2022 match | Sporting News Australia

Team News

Germany

Marco Reus misses another major tournament due to injury after  having also missed Euro 2016, Euro 2020 and the 2014 World Cup which Germany won. Fellow striker Timo Werner was also ruled out of participation after sustaining an ankle injury.

Germany have a fully-fit squad for the opening matchday, with Manuel Neuer recovering in time for the tournament, Thomas Muller and Antonio Rudiger have also been training and should be in contention to feature.

Muller has 10 goals and six assists in 16 World Cup matches for Germany and will be looking to add to that tally.

Potential Germany starting XI: Neuer; Kehrer, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Musiala, Sane; Muller

(4-3-3)

Japan

Takehiro Tomiyasu was rested for the friendly against Canada as a precaution, the Arsenal right back has been dealing with a muscular issue but should be fit to play.

Karou Mitoma and Wataru Endo are also both back from injury, however,  Sporting Lisbon midfielder Hidemasa Morita is still a doubt as he battles a calf injury.

Potential Japan starting XI: Gonda; Sakai, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Endo, Kamada; Ito, Asano, Minamino

(4-3-3)

Prediction

Germany typically start well at the World Cup. The 1-0 loss to Mexico in 2018 was the first time since 1986 that they failed to win on the opening matchday.

Germany are looking to equal Brazil’s record of five World Cup trophies, but have not been playing to their usual level. However, Hansi has a full squad to pick from and with five substitutes available he should be able to make any game time adjustment needed to ensure his team gets off to a winning start.

Bet on

  • Germany to win @ 1.46
  • Over 2.5 goals @ 1.68
  • Under 4.5 bookings @ 1.35

 

 


Spain vs Costa Rica

Spain vs Costa Rica: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head

Spain start their World Cup campaign when they take on Costa Rica at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday.

Spain and Costa Rica have never met at the world cup, but Spain are unbeaten against Costa Rica in the friendlies they have played, winning two out of  three of those matches.

The last meeting between the two teams was in 2017, when Spain  comfortably beat Costa Rica 5-0.

Form Guide

Spain 

Spain topped their group in their qualification campaign and have won 4 of their last five games, the only loss coming in a 1-2 home loss to Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League.

They eased past Jordan 3-1 in their last warm up game before the World Cup.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica finished in fourth place in their CONCACAF qualification group and then pipped New Zealand 1-0 in their Intercontinental playoff match to qualify for the World Cup.

In their friendly against Nigeria, they won 2-0 to wrap up preparations for the World Cup.

How to watch Spain vs. Costa Rica in USA: Time, TV channel, live streams for La Roja's World Cup 2022 match | Sporting News

Team News 

Spain

Alejandro Balde has been called up as his replacement for the injured Jose Gaya, otherwise Luis Enrique has a fully fit squad to pick from.

Spain are spoiled for choice in attack, with both Ferran Torres and Alvaro Morata in contention to start.

Potential Spain starting XI: Simon; Carvajal, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; F Torres, Morata, Fati

(4-3-3)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica should feature a familiar side with Keylor Navas in goal, while Carlos Martinez and Bryan Oviedo are the fullbacks.

Celso Borges has 155 caps for the national side, he should play on the right side of midfield while  Anthony Contreras will spearhead the attack.

Potential Costa Rica starting XI:  Navas; C Martinez, Calvo, Duarte, Oviedo; Tejeda, Bennette, G Torres; Borges, Contreras, Campbell

(4-3-3)

Prediction

Costa Rica have only managed one draw in three previous meetings against Spain, on the big stage they will have their backs against the wall against a very technically gifted Spain team. 

Bet on

  • Spain to win @ 1.18
  • Over 2.5 goals @ 1.64
  • Over 9.5 corners @ 1.95

 

 


Belgium vs Canada

Belgium vs Canada FIFA World Cup 2022 - Preview, Analysis - The AllStar

Belgium play Canada at the Al Rayyan Stadium on Wednesday in their first group stage match of the World Cup 2022.

Canada make their first World Cup appearance in over 30 years and start off against a Belgium team that was one of the favourites to win the title last time out.

This World Cup feels like the last opportunity for that golden generation of Belgium players to win a major trophy.

Form Guide

Belgium

Belgium qualified comfortably for the World Cup, topping their group with 18 points from eight matches. They were unbeaten in the group and averaged over three goals per game.

They have however had a disappointing set of results lately, which included a loss to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League. They also lost 2-1 to Egypt in their final warm up friendly. 

Canada

Canada topped their section of qualification in the CONCACAF region ahead of Mexico and the USA with the most goals scored and the fewest conceded in the group.

However, they struggled away from home, winning only two of their seven away matches. It remains to be seen if this carries over when they play in Qatar.

Belgium vs. Canada prediction, odds, betting tips and best bets for World Cup 2022 Group F | Sporting News Australia

Team News

Belgium

Belgium’s team still has a lot of firepower despite the concern about the fitness of star striker Romelu Lukaku. Mitchy Batshuayi is the likely replacement if Lukaku is unfit to start.

Potential Belgium starting XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Debast; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Castagne; De Bruyne, Batshuayi, E Hazard

(4-3-3) 

Canada

Jonathan David has been in excellent form for Lille in France, bagging nine goals and 3 assists for the Ligue 1 side. There are worries about Alphonso Davies’ availability as the Bayern Munich wingback deals with a hamstring injury.

Potential Canada starting XI:

Borjan; Laryea, Johnston, Steven Vitoria, K Miller, Adekugbe; Buchanan, Hutchinson, Eustaquio; David, Larin

(4-3-3)

Prediction

Belgium are no longer the team of young hotshots, but they have also garnered lots of experience playing in major tournaments. The Canadian team is inexperienced on this level and will play with lots of energy that could trouble the older Belgian backline.

However, Belgium have enough class to find the victory needed to get the crucial three points in a group that also includes Croatia. If Davies does not play he will be a big miss for Canada as he is heavily involved in most of their buildup.

Bet on

  • Belgium win @ 1.54
  • Both teams score @ 1.82
  • Belgium to win either halves @ 1.35

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