Japan vs Croatia Prediction 05.12.2022 World Cup

Japan

Japan

1 : 1

Croatia

Croatia

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  • Competition: World Cup - Play Offs
  • Date: Monday, 5th, December 2022
  • Kickoff: 15:00 UK/16.00 CET
  • Venue: Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)

Incredible drama was seen in the last round of Group E of the World Cup in the Middle East. The Japanese football team is definitely one of the biggest pleasant surprises at this year's World Cup. Namely, "Blue Samurai" created the biggest sensation, since after Germany (2-1), they also shocked Spain with the same result. However, the question arises whether the Spaniards deliberately calculated in the last round and chose to play against Morocco and not Croatia in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, the Croatian national team did not impress at the World Cup in Qatar, but what is important for them is that they secured a place in the knockout phase. The popular "Checkered Ones" drew goalless 0-0 against Morocco in the first and then "destroyed" Canada in the second with a convincing 4-1. In the third round, it can be said that the Croats were very lucky, considering that the Belgians missed several clear opportunities to score, so that match also ended in a goalless draw.

Japan vs Croatia Betting Tips: Under 2.5

These two national teams have met three times, of which two duels were played at the World Cup - both times in the group stage. Croatia beat the Japanese 1-0 (1998), while the 2006 clash ended in a goalless 0-0 draw.

Croatia is a very disciplined team, they are decorated with an excellent game in the defensive line, so there is no doubt that this generation will want to repeat the success from the previous World Cup in Russia, reaching the final, in which they lost to France. Namely, the Croatians received the only goal at the World Cup in Qatar from Canada (from the penalty shootout), so we strongly doubt that the Japanese can "break" the defensive resistance of the "Checked Ones", led by the phenomenal Josko Guardiol. Despite the 4-1 triumph, Zlatko Dalić's team was often without ideas in front of the goal, so that could be a big problem for them in the knockout stages. Knowing that the stakes are huge in such matches, we believe that the Japanese and Croats will focus mostly on the defensive segment of the game, so we should not be surprised if the match ends without goals.

Japan

Japan Team News

Coach Hajime Moriyasu has no problem with injured players. He will be able to count on absolutely all players, except for center-back Ko Itakura, who is suspended for accumulating yellow cards.

Last matches of Japan

  1. Japan

    1 : 1

    Croatia

    World Cup

  2. Japan

    2 : 1

    Spain

    World Cup

  3. Japan

    0 : 1

    Costa Rica

    World Cup

  4. Germany

    1 : 2

    Japan

    World Cup

  5. Japan

    1 : 2

    Canada

    Friendly International

Japan lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 12

    Shuichi Gonda

Defenders

  • 16

    Takehiro Tomiyasu

  • 22

    Maya Yoshida

  • 3

    Shogo Taniguchi

Midfielders

  • 14

    Junya Ito

  • 6

    Wataru Endo

  • 13

    Hidemasa Morita

  • 5

    Yuto Nagatomo

Forwards

  • 8

    Ritsu Doan

  • 25

    Daizen Maeda

  • 15

    Daichi Kamada

Croatia

Croatia Team News

Unlike his colleague, Zlatko Dalic will definitely have all the players at his disposal before the match against the Japanese, so the same starting line-up as in the group stage is expected - with a 4-1-2-3 formation.

Last matches of Croatia

  1. Croatia

    2 : 1

    Morocco

    World Cup

  2. Argentina

    3 : 0

    Croatia

    World Cup

  3. Croatia

    1 : 1

    Brazil

    World Cup

  4. Japan

    1 : 1

    Croatia

    World Cup

  5. Croatia

    0 : 0

    Belgium

    World Cup

Croatia lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Dominik Livaković

Defenders

  • 22

    Josip Juranović

  • 6

    Dejan Lovren

  • 20

    Joško Gvardiol

  • 3

    Borna Barišić

Midfielders

  • 10

    Luka Modrić

  • 11

    Marcelo Brozović

  • 8

    Mateo Kovačić

Forwards

  • 9

    Andrej Kramarić

  • 16

    Bruno Petković

  • 4

    Ivan Perišić

3 Reasons why we expect Under 2.5

  1. Croatia conceded only one goal in the group stage - from Canada from the penalty.
  2. Croatia has kept their net intact in 5 of their previous 8 games in all competitions.
  3. Only one goal was seen between Japan and Croatia in their two duels at the World Cup.

Main prediction Japan - Croatia

Under 2.5 goals

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winrate

55% winrate

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2 wins in a row

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Japan vs Croatia - FAQ

? Where to watch?
The match between these teams will be broadcast on ANT 1, Astro, BBC One, beIN Sports (Fra), Diema Sport 3, M4 Sport, Magenta Sport (Ger), MEGOGO, Nova Action (Cze), Nova (Bul), NPO 1, ORTN, RAI, RSI La 2, RTS Deux, RTVS Sport, Sport TV (Por), SRF, SVT, Telemundo, TV2 (Den), TV2 (Nor), TVP 1, TVP Sport, TVR 1, Voyo, YLE Areena, YLE TV2, ZDF
? Who is Japan's player to watch?
Freiburg 24-year-old Ritsu Doan was Japan's hero in the group stage, scoring two key goals.
? Who is Croatia's player to watch?
Andrej Kramaric scored twice for his team in a 4-1 triumph over Canada.
? Who is the referee at the match?
The referee for the match between Japan and Croatia is still unknown.