Croatia v Belgium: FIFA 2022 World Cup Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 30-11-2022 6:46 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 30-11-2022 06:46 AM (1 month ago)

Date: Thursday 1st December, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm
Stadium  Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium
Goal Scorer:

Team News
Croatia boss Dalic is unlikely to make too many changes, if any, to his starting lineup following Sunday's victory, which could see Livaja continue as the central striker in between fellow attackers Kramaric and Ivan Perisic.

Thirty-seven-year-old captain Luka Modric is just one booking away from a suspension, but the Real Madrid man is expected to retain his place in centre-midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.

While Dejan Lovren and Josko Gvardiol maintain their partnership at centre-back, Josip Juranovic and Borna Sosa will be hoping to keep their places at full-back ahead of Josip Stanisic and Borna Barisic respectively.
Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic

As for Belgium, Martinez is forced to make at least one change to his side on Thursday as midfielder Amadou Onana is ruled out through suspension, with Youri Tielemans expected to deputise alongside Axel Witsel.

Romelu Lukaku, who has been hampered with hamstring and thigh injuries so far this season, came off the bench against Morocco to make his first appearance in Qatar, and Martinez is hopeful that the striker will be fit to start against Croatia.

However, Michy Batshuayi is still the most likely candidate to lead the line for the Red Devils, while De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are expected to retain their places even though the attacking pair have struggled to make their mark in Qatar thus far.

Timothy Castagne may continue in the back three alongside experienced centre-back duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, shielding goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who is poised to make his 100th international appearance between the sticks.
Belgium possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Castagne, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco; De Bruyne, E. Hazard; Batshuayi
Prediction: Croatia 2-1 Belgium

Posted: at 30-11-2022 06:46 AM (1 month ago) | Hero