The World Cup Quarterfinals kickoff on Friday at 10:00 eastern time when Brazil throws down against Croatia in a match most soccer handicappers believe Neymar and his mates easily win. Brazil broke out in their last, a 4-1 Round of 16 destruction against South Korea. Will the Brazilians continue their march to the World Cup Finals? Or will Croatia put up a roadblock favored Brazil can’t get past? Check out the FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Brazil versus Croatia.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Croatia vs. Brazil Matchup
- When: Friday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET
- Where: Education City, Stadium, Doha, Qatar
- TV/Streaming: FOX
- Handicap Odds: Brazil -1.5 +102 / Croatia +1.5 -129
- Moneyline Odds: Croatia +760 / Brazil -274 / Draw +400
- Total Odds: O 2.5 -129 / U 2.5 +102
The Croatians didn’t have as easy of a time versus their knockout stage opponent as Brazil did versus theirs, but Croatia played the much better opponent in Japan. The Japanese had won their group over Spain and Germany, beating both the Germans and the Spanish in upset wins.
Croatia didn’t just beat Japan on penalty kicks. The Croatians did so with their best player, Luka Modric, on the bench.
Keeper Dominik Livakovic was brilliant with 3 saves during regulation and 3 saved penalty kicks. Livakovic could be the difference maker again in this huge match against Brazil.Croatia Last 5
- W – 1-1 vs. Japan
- D – 0-0 vs. Belgium
- W – 4-1 vs. Canada
- D – 0-0 vs. Morocco
- W – 0-1 vs. Saudi Arabia
Finally, Brazil broke out with a performance their fans and many soccer bettors expected. Facing elimination if upstart South Korea could pull off a second straight improbable victory, the South Koreans had beaten Portugal 2-1 in their final group stage match, the Brazilians stepped it up the way a favored team does, blasting the Koreans 4-1.
Everybody got into the act. Junior, Neymar, Richarlison, and Paqueta all scored. What’s amazing is that Brazil knocked in all 4 goals in the first half. Then, Brazil locked down on defense in the second half.Brazil Last 5
- W – 4-1 vs. South Korea
- L – 1-0 vs. Cameroon
- W – 1-0 vs. Switzerland
- W – 2-0 vs. Serbia
- W – 5-1 vs. Tunisia
The way the Brazilians can jump out to a massive lead and then change strategies on a dime is incredible. Few soccer nations have the ability to change strategies so quickly.
But Croatia might be one of those flexible teams. The Croatians will boast the steadiest and best passer on the pitch in Modric. Luka isn’t the only reason the Croatians will make life difficult for Brazil.
Livakovic has made a case for the Golden Glove. The Croatian goalie, Dinamo Zagreb’s keeper during the club season, has 9 saves at the World Cup. He’s yielded just 2 goals.
The 2018 runner up has the ability to elongate this match. Not only that, but every time Croatia has fallen behind, they’ve responded. Brazil will win, but the winning goal will come in extra time. Croatia forces the draw.World Cup Pick: Draw