2022 World Cup Tips and Predictions: Quarter Final 1 - Croatia v Brazil

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Summary

Wow, what a treat this World Cup has been!

Although most of the favourites in the round of sixteen took care of business, there has still been a ton of drama and action to make up for the underdog stories.

A lot of these top teams have finally locked their mindsets in, making it difficult for lesser talented teams to take a hold of the match.

The group stage was a ballad filled with great memories, and there will be many different results that we will be talking about for a long time.

The quarter finals are finally starting, which means that there is no more room for errors.

The last eight teams of the competition have been decided, leaving the path to the trophy very narrow.

The hard work lies ahead, and both defenders and attackers will feel the pressure oncoming from the opposition as well as their own nations.

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Croatia versus Brazil - December 9th

Smaller nations have done well in this World Cup, and Croatia is no different.

Although not small by footballing history, one of the smaller countries in the world by population has a plethora of ability on the pitch.

36-year-old Luka Modric realizes his last time to strike may be this tournament, and he is putting his firm belief within the whole team.

Croatia hasn’t had the easiest path to the QF’s and their shaky play in the group stage was made up for with wins in crucial games.

Clutch moments have been a dominant trait within this team, dating back to the 2018 World Cup in which they made the finals.

This team is much older now but has many young additions that have replaced the all-star lineup of 2018.

Defensively, the team leaks in different spaces during many parts of the game.

There is no doubt that patching those up before an important date versus Brazil will be of utmost importance in the pre-game locker room.

All things aside, Croatia will feel like they are playing with house money in this match, clearly an underdog in multiple facets.

Brazil has turned it up a notch during this World Cup, throwing all opponents under the bus at any opportunity in sight.

The roster is fully healthy, and with Neymar Jr.’s return, there is going to be a lot of hype for their chances to win the whole thing.

The roster is filled with European level talent, and both teams including the substitutions and reserves could make up a genuinely scary side in topflight football.

The ability of Tete to implement any player he chooses on any given day is just what any manager would dream of.

Football is not played on paper, which will help the Croats out, but the discrepancies are shining through.

After a dominant four goals to one victory over South Korea, Brazil truly feels that Qatar 2022 rests in their hands.

They may be focused on a potential rivalry with Argentina in the semi-finals but should create opportunities wide open with this game here.

There is no reason to believe that either side would play all that defensive in this one, although Croatia might think about sending too many men up the pitch.

This QF will be the first to kick off this weekend, setting us up for a thrilling few days of WC QF’s.

Betting Prediction - Take Brazil to win in regulation, as well as the over Asian total on goals. Brazil will unleash hell on Croatia, but the game should be widely played from end to end.

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