After one of the most thrilling group stages in World Cup history, the Round of 16 has also finally ended and now the tournament has got the 8 quarter-finalists who are France, England, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Netherlands, Brazil and Croatia. Now first up in the quarters, the 2018 runner’s up Croatia will face the 5-time world champions Brazil at the Education City stadium.
Now coming into this game, both teams had very contrasting matches in the Round of 16 cause on one hand the South American side made a statement victory against South Korea by showing their true potential as they won the game 4-1. Whereas, on the other hand, the Croatians fought for the full 120 minutes in the last 16, only managing to clinch a victory against Japan in a penalty shootout. So this clearly shows that Brazil are sensational in their attacking quality and Croatia are very good in defence as they managed to survive the insane counter attack of Japan which defeated the likes of Germany and Spain.
These two teams have faced each other 4 times in the past and the tournament favourites Brazil have won thrice and drawn once. This means that this is the perfect opportunity for the European giants to end their losing streak against them by beating Tite’s men in a World Cup quarter-finals. If Croatia manages to hold the sensational attack of Brazil for 90 minutes, they have a real chance in the game cause they have won their last 4 knockout matches which have gone to extra time in the World Cup. All in all, with the quality that the South American giants have and the support that they’ll be getting in the stadium might just make them win this match.
Date and Time Croatia vs Brazil
9th December: 8:30 pm IST
Where to watch Croatia vs Brazil?
The Indian viewers can watch the match on Jio Cinema, Voot and Sports 18.
Predicted Lineups Croatia vs Brazil
Croatia: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric; Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic
Brazil: Alisson; Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Danilo; Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison
Match Predictions Croatia vs Brazil
Croatia 1-3 Brazil