Croatia will host Brazil in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 3 p.m. GMT on Friday, 9 December 2022. The match venue is Education City Stadium, AL Rayyan.
Latest odds on betting sites
Croatia to win odds are priced at 9.20 (+820; American 41/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 5.20 (+420; 21/5), while Brazil to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American 3/5 Fractional)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Croatia — 11%, draw — 19%, Brazil — 70%.
Latest betting odds on Croatia vs Brazil (9 December 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Croatia — 2.20 (+120; 12/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Brazil — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
Match preview and statistics
Croatia played a 1-1 draw against Japan in normal time and got a 3-1 win on penalties. Daizen Maeda opened the scoreline in the 43rd minute with a nice finish from close range. Ivan Perisic levelled the scoreline in the 55th minute with a nice header into the bottom right corner.
Croatia created some chances as they tried to win the game but it ended 1-1 in normal time. The extra time had a lot of action as both teams tried to score the winner but to no avail as the game went to penalties. Takumi Minamino missed the first penalty while Nikola Vlasic converted his own as Croatia went 1-0 up.
Kaoru Mitoma missed Japan’s second penalty kick while Brozovic converted Croatia's own as he placed the ball down the middle. Takuma Asano converted their third penalty and a missed penalty from Livaja gave the opponents hope. Yoshida missed their fourth penalty kick as Palaic converted it to secure a win for his team.
Croatia created two big chances during the game with 1.45 expected goals. They had 17 shots with four being on target. Croatia wasn't dominant in the game as Japan had some chances as they could have lost the game. They will have to be so brilliant to get something against Brazil.
Croatia team news: All players are fit for the game.
Brazil smashed South Korea by four goals to one in the Round of 16. Vinicius Junior opened the scoreline in the seventh minute with a nice finish into the top right corner. Brazil was awarded a penalty in the 10th minute as Richarlison was brought down in the box. Neymar converted the penalty as he slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.
Richarlison made it 3-0 in the 29th minute with a nice finish into the net. Lucas Paqueta scored the fourth goal in the 36th minute with a superb finish as Brazil was 4-0 up at halftime. Seung-Ho Paik pulled one back in the 76th minute with a half-volley into the net.
Brazil created seven big chances during the game with 3.60 expected goals. The Selecao had 18 shots with nine being on target. Brazil showed how good they are as they annihilated their opponent in a top display. The scoreline could have been higher as the Selecao created lots of chances but couldn't finish it. Brazil is a top side and one of the favourites to win the titles.
Brazil team news: Alex Telles is out with a strain injury. Danilo is a doubt with an ankle injury. Gabriel Jesus is out with a knee injury.
Croatia vs Brazil H2H
Brazil has won two of the last two meetings between both sides.
Projected lineups and key players
Croatia projected starting lineup:
- Dominik Livakovic
- Borna Sosa
- Josko Gvardiol
- Dejan Lovren
- Josip Juranovic
- Mateo Kovacic
- Marcelo Brozovic
- Luka Modric
- Mislav Orsic
- Andrej Kramaric
- Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic scored a goal in their 1-1 draw against Japan. The Croatia international created one chance during the game and had five shots with an expected goal of 0.33. Perisic has scored 33 goals in 119 appearances for Croatia.
Brazil projected starting lineup:
- Eder Militao
- Thiago Silva
- Alex Sandro
- Lucas Paqueta
- Vinicius Junior
Neymar won the man of the match award against South Korea after an impressive display. The Brazilian international scored one goal while providing one assist. Neymar completed the most dribbles in the game (2) while creating two chances. The Brazilian international is one goal away from being the joint-highest goalscorer in Brazil’s history.
Predictions and betting tips
Brazil was impressive against South Korea as they were 4-0 up at half-time. The Selecao were brilliant as they dominated every aspect of the match. Brazil has been one of the best teams in this tournament. Croatia on the other hand fought hard against Japan as they played a 1-1 draw during normal time. Brazil is the stronger side and I see them winning both halves of the game. I predict Brazil to win both halves
Brazil has scored a goal in four of their last five games in all competitions. Croatia has scored a goal in two of their previous three games in all competitions. Brazil has scored seven goals so far in this tournament while Croatia has got five goals. I predict both teams will score.
Betting prediction: HT/FT- 2/2
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Both teams to score
Odds: 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional)