The quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar bring a very interesting matchup between Croatia and Brazil. These two teams are among the best in the world, with the first being the runners-up at the last World Cup and the other a top candidate for winning this one.
Croats have been very skilled when it comes to penalties in the World Cup knockout stage. We saw that in Russia four years ago, and also now, against Japan in the round of 16. A special shoutout to Dominik Livakovic, who is one of the best goalkeepers in the tournament, for stopping three penalties. Besides him, the biggest strength of the Croats is their mental power. They aren’t rushing into anything, regardless of the result.
Before Betting on Croatia vs. Brazil
This was the second time in the tournament for them to chase the rivals, but there was no drama or anything else. The defense showed specific weaknesses, and we still saw the midfield as the best part of the team. By the way, this is the 10th consecutive event for Zlatko Dalic and his team not to lose – seven wins and three draws during that span.
Brazil is the top favorite here in Qatar and there aren’t too many teams that are able to stop Tite’s machine right now. The Croats are hoping to be the ones to make a massive surprise, yet the odds are not on their side.
The Selecao plays fast and flamboyant football, having an extremely offensive-minded approach. They have at least four players in the lineup who can play as a striker, so it is no wonder to see them always creating chances. Poor South Korea experienced that on their skin.
But the defense is also extremely effective, with Casemiro closing all the potential gaps that pop up while being efficient upfront. Because of him, Marquinhos, Silva, Militao, etc, Brazil had seven clean sheets since February this year.
Croatia vs. Brazil World Cup Offshore Betting Odds and Pick
The Croats are a respectable team, the sliver-medalists from the previous tournament, and we respect their power, but this is where their road stops. Brazil is better, and there is no need to explain that, and our pick here would be Selecao to win, and do that confidently.