Brazil arguably plays the most beautiful soccer in the world, thanks to a mix of streetball skills and advanced tactics. Watch for some exciting moments from Neymar Da Silva Santos Junior, better known as Neymar.
The pressure of winning a World Cup weighs on the greats of football. While this is probably the last World Cup for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, the Brazilian superstar, is also beginning to feel the pressure. Brazil has had phenomenal players on its national team. Many are household names in soccer, such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaká, and Pelé.
With the support of the great Brazilians of the past, Neymar needs to channel the energy to bring another World Cup to Brazil. Brazil has a great chance to add to their five World Cup trophies as the team is incredibly talented and could easily field three world-class teams.
Prediction and analysis of Brazil vs. Croatia
This quarterfinal matchup should be a high scoring affair. The last time Brazil and Croatia met (the only time they played), the match ended in a 3-1 victory for Brazil. That match was in 2014 when Brazil hosted the World Cup.
If Croatia wants to keep up with Brazil’s potent offense, they have to be careful about the chances they get. However, Brazil must control the game because their talented players want the ball.
In the round of 16 of the World Cup, both played against an Asian team. Japan gave Croatia a run for their money, while Brazil dominated South Korea. Brazil scored four goals in the first half, handing South Korea a heavy loss. This matchup is much more complicated for both teams than the one they faced in the knockout round. The betting odds suggest that Brazil will head to the World Cup final, possibly winning it all. However, Croatia, last world runner-up, will be a good test for this dazzling Brazilian team.
Neymar is cured of the injury he suffered in the Group Phase. Therefore, neither team has any major injury concerns ahead of this quarterfinal matchup. Both teams must be at full strength and ready to play.
Croatia have a stellar midfield and are one of the best teams in the world from top to bottom. Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic lead their midfield. Both players had a great run in the World Cup four years ago. These two men compete in some of the biggest European leagues, Serie A (Italy) and La Liga (Spain).
Midfield is the position where Croatia can compete in this game. Brazil has a more talented team in attack and defense, along with the goalkeeper. Croatia will have to hold the ball and attack on the wings if they want to win and advance.
Brazil’s only weakness is their full-backs, and they will do everything they can to hide it (defending on the wings). To prevent this tactic from winning them, Brazil plays with their full-backs advancing in each attack. This style prevents full-backs from being a liability in defense, as their midfield will cover their gaps.
Croatia will not be able to withstand the constant barrage of shots on goal because defensive talent is one of their weaknesses. There is a high probability that there will be a penalty in this match due to Brazil having the ball in the last third of their opponent. Neymar is a specialist in taking penalties and shooting them.
With a constant barrage of attacks and a couple of penalties here and there, this game could get out of hand fast. Brazil will be looking to repeat their success against South Korea, where they scored early and often.
Brazil will pass Croatia’s test with the flying colors of green, yellow and blue, along with the rhythm of samba music playing in the background. The real test is yet to come if Argentina beat the Netherlands.
Final score prediction: Brazil 4 – Croatia 1
Betting Showdown Preview
Who: Brazil vs. Croatia (World Cup 2022)
When: Friday, December 9, 2022
Weather: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Where: Education City Stadium (Al Rayyan, Qatar)
Summary of betting odds
Game results: Brazil (-275), Draw (+400), Croatia (+725)
Both teams score: Yes (+110), No (-155)
Total: Over/Under 2.5 Goals in Regulation Time 2.5 (-140/-100)
Player accessories: scorer at any time
Vinicius Junior: +220
Anthony: +240 Player Bets: Brazil vs. Croatia
As you can see, all Brazilian attacking players are unlikely to score in the game against Croatia. However, with the majority of Brazilian attacking players below +260, World Cup sportsbooks expect many of these elite attacking talents to score. Richarlison, Vinicius Junior and Raphinha are in excellent footballing shape. Any of these would be a viable bet, as Brazil should score multiple goals against Croatia.
Neymar (+110) is the safest bet as he is Brazil’s penalty taker, and there will most likely be a penalty, like in their game against South Korea.
Best bets: Brazil vs. Croatia Match result: Brazil (-275), draw (+400), Croatia (+725)
Brazil will take care of business and dance until the semifinals. Croatia would not be here if Belgium could end one of their many chances in the group stage. Take Brazil (-275), even if the odds are lopsided.
Both teams to score: Yes (+110), No (-155)
Both teams should score as this game could get out of hand fast. Brazil will take their foot off the accelerator and Croatia will sneak one in the second half. Expect Brazil to score quickly and then Croatia to score late.
Yes (+110) for both teams to score is the bet here.
Total: Over/Under goals in regulation time 2.5 (-140/-100)
The Over (-140) is the bet to play. The Brazilian side have the best offense in the tournament and tend to get more confident as the game progresses. Look for the goals to be scored in clusters.
Still, the World Cup quarterfinals are highly unpredictable, a reminder that anything can happen. Make sure you gamble responsibly and follow Qatar World Cup 2022 for further developments.