Belgium are the biggest disappointment in my opinion through the first two rounds of group games but they are still standing. A victory over the beaten 2018 World Cup Finalists will see them progress but that will be no easy task. Croatia hit a high gear against Canada and they know just a point will ensure their progression to the Round of 16. We pick out the odds in some of the key betting markets ahead on Thursday afternoon’s game…
Before even regurgitating what has happened through two games, the fact both sides are priced up at 17/10 to win in the Match Result Market says everything. Belgium have just looked flat out slow at the back with a lack of energy and spark at the top of the pitch. That is a troubling combination and one that does not spell out good times are a coming.
When star man Kevin De Bruyne commented that he didn’t think they had a chance of winning the competition because the team was too old, you knew that things weren’t exactly rosy within the camp. Saying words like that will never endear yourself to the more veteran players in the squad and we’ve seen plenty of reports speaking of unrest behind the scenes.
We’ve added plenty of new player prop bets that are available around 24-48 hours before kick-off including tackles, assists and Shots on Target. You can check out all our latest prices for this one via the Latest Croatia vs Belgium Odds button below.
Putting all that together coupled with the fact Croatia looked pretty decent against Canada, that 17/10 for Zlatko Dalic’s men looks all the better. They are also 7/2 to win to nil and that also isn’t a bad play.
The shots on target market also looks relatively interesting with some big names are longer prices than you may have expected. De Bruyne is 11/4 to get 2+ in the game. If Belgium are going to finally turn up then it will surely be by their best player taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Eden Hazard is not the player he once was but 10/11 to have one shot on target has to interest. Luka Modric is the same price as Hazard.
When it comes to actually finding the back of the net, Romelu Lukaku is still the top choice despite question marks surrounding his form and fitness. The Inter Milan striker is 5/4 to score anytime but the likes of Andrej Kramaric at 15/8 and Ivan Perisic at 3/1 seem like better value bets.
BTTS is an 8/11 shot but the Over 2.5 Goals market is at Evens. A 1-1 draw is the only result where the favourites in both markets can come in and you’ll find that is a 5/1 price.
Throughout this World Cup the Betfred Blog team will have a full betting preview and a big-priced Bet Builder for every game, so keep checking back with us for our latest World Cup pieces every day for Qatar 2022…
*All prices correct at the time of writing.
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