Croatia and Belgium meet in a crucial game as Germany hope to escape elimination against Costa Rica.
The World Cup enters its 12th day as teams from Groups E and F play their last games in the group stage.
As we prepare for an exciting Thursday, our experts take a look at the bookmakers’ predictions for the upcoming games.
Let’s check out three betting tips for the group stage’s 12th matchday.
Goals likely on both sides when Croatia take on Belgium
Belgium are in danger of crashing out of the World Cup after losing 2-0 against Morocco on Sunday.
The Red Devils need a victory to keep their qualification hopes alive, while Croatia can qualify with a draw.
We expect the Red Devils to push for goals in the upcoming game. Given the quality of their attacking line, Belgium will most likely find enough chances against Croatia.
However, Belgium’s clumsy defending against Morocco convinces us that Croatia will find the net at least once in the upcoming match.
Back Spain to beat Japan
Spain could’ve secured their qualification for the knock-out stage by beating Germany on Sunday.
However, their 1-1 draw means La Roja could face elimination if they lose against their Asian opponents.
We expect Luis Enrique’s side to use their superior firepower to beat the Samurai Blues. Japan showed they could defend well against teams with more possession.
However, Spain will most likely outscore them with quick transitions on Thursday.
Don’t expect goals when Canada take on Morocco
Morocco put themselves in the pole position to qualify for the knock-out stage with a shocking 2-0 win over Belgium.
The Atlas Lions now need to finish off the job with one more good performance, this time against Canada.
The North American side are already out of the tournament after losing two games.
We expect them to push for a decent farewell on Thursday. However, Morocco’s impressive defensive form convinces us that they won’t find many chances to score.
On the other hand, the situation on the table shows Morocco could qualify even with a narrow win. So we don’t expect the Atlas Lions to risk going forward for many goals.