Japan vs Croatia: Prediction & Tips for Match Outcome & Total Goals on 05/12/2022

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Japan will come up against Croatia in Qatar in the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. The kickoff is due at 16:00 UK time at Al Janoub Stadium, date: 05/12/2022.
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Bookmaker Ratings: Prediction One — Match outcome: Japan to win — 3.78

Bookmaker Ratings: Prediction Two — Total goals: Under 2.5 — 1.6

Match outcome: Japan to win

Japan went against all odds to beat Spain and Germany in the group stage but yet again, they are the underdogs against Croatia. Playing as underdogs doesn’t fret Japan, hence expecting them to edge Croatia, who played goalless draw in two of their three WC games, to a tight win.

Total goals: Under 2.5 goals

Two of Japan’s last three World Cup games may have ended with over 2.5 goals, but they come up against a Croatia side that played goalless draws in two of their three WC games, hence the knockout game could end with under 2.5 goals.

Preliminary Review & Match Prediction for Japan vs Croatia

Japan:

Japan stunned many football lovers when they went against all odds to beat World Cup favourites Germany and Spain to finish as the winners of Group E.

They came from behind to win against Germany and Spain and they come up as the underdogs against struggling Croatia, hence expecting them to pull off a similar performance against Croatia next week.

Croatia:

Croatia finished as the runners-up in Group F, having drawn two of their three World Cup games against Belgium and Morocco.

Despite their inconsistency, the Croatians, who finished as the runners-up in the 2018 Russia World Cup, head into the game as the favourites and will hope to play as one against Japan next week.

Get Rich Quick

Japan to win without conceding a goal. It’s a stretch because Japan failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches. Croatia failed to score in two of their last three matches, hence there is a chance Japan could win with a cleansheet. 

Safe Bet

Japan are the underdogs but it’s always safe to back the favourites, hence back Croatia to win or draw. 

Predicted Japan Starting Lineup

Goalkeeper: Gonda

Defenders: Ito, Itakura, Yoshida, Taniguchi, Nagatomo

Midfielders: Tanaka, Morita

Forwards: Kubo, Maeda, Kamada

Predicted Croatia Starting Lineup

Goalkeeper: Livakovic

Defenders: Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa

Midfielders: Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic

Forwards: Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic

Most Popular FAQ for Japan vs Croatia

Where will this match be played?

The game will be played at AL Janoub Stadium, Qatar.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this fixture?

We recommend checking out the odds at 1XBet for Japan vs Croatia. 

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