Belgium has never lost to Croatia at home in its history. Will Zlatko Dalic's team be able to break their bad streak with a victory in the upcoming battle? Our prediction: this time the rivals will play in a draw.
Belgium current form
Belgium continues to play as the strongest team in the world according to the FIFA rating, and in almost every match they justify this status. Yes, in their first friendly in June they only contented themselves with a draw against the Greeks - 1:1, but the Hellenes are in great shape now, and the Belgians did not hurry anywhere, quietly preparing for Euro 2020, and therefore carried out a serious rotation of the squad. Obviously, the Red Devils are one of the main contenders for the title, so it is important for them to approach the tournament in the optimal condition.
Croatia current form
The Croatian team also continues to prepare for the European Championship, taking friendly matches very calmly. For example, they played with Armenia in a draw - 1-1, and could even lose, because, in the end, the Armenians were simply better, but this does not mean that the draughtsmen are bad and not ready for the main tournament of the last three years. Some fears for the Croats were caused even by their opening game in the World Cup 2022 qualifying, where they unexpectedly lost to Slovenia - 0-1, but in the next two games, they beat Cyprus and Malta with a total score of 4-0, returning to first place in the standings.
Experts betting tips
The Belgian and Croatian teams drew with Greece and Armenia respectively in their last matches, which in itself is a bit surprising, as they are much stronger than their opponents, but now they are preparing for Euro 2020, so they do not care about friendlies. The opponents are not very motivated in the upcoming game either, but they obviously wouldn't want to lose either, and another draw would be a perfect result for both teams, so we'd better bet on a draw at odds around 3.60.
The Belgian and Croatian teams are purely attacking teams who can't play any other way. Even in the friendlies with the Greeks and Armenians, they managed to concede, and they always find their chances in the attack. All this is confirmed by the statistics, according to which the Belgians have scored 41 goals (3.73 average per game) in the last 11 games, and the Croats have 48 goals in the last 14 games (3.43 average per game). Obviously, both teams are more than happy to play open soccer, so the best option for the forecast seems to be a total of more than 2.5 goals at odds close to 1.91.
Michy Batshuayi is Roberto Martinez's second choice in the Belgian attack. Yes, Romelu Lukaku will be the main forward of the Belgians at Euro 2020 unconditionally, but he will not keep a quality striker as a substitute just in case, and he acts very effectively for the national team. Yes, over the last two seasons Michy scored only three goals, but in the last 21 games for the Belgium national team, he scored 17 goals, which is a very solid figure. With this in mind, it is worth looking at a bet on Michy Batshuayi's goal with odds of about 9.5.
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