Four teams have already booked their berths in the round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA World Cup and eight more teams are gearing up to secure four more spots as they lock horns on yet another exciting matchday on 1st December, Thursday. Here, we shall take a look at how the teams stack up ahead of their crucial encounters.
Croatia vs Belgium
Belgium hasn’t had the best results in the two matches so far but they still stand a chance of qualifying for the round of 16 if they beat Croatia in this contest. They are currently one point behind Morocco and Croatia, and a win here will do the job for them. But Croatia have already shown excellent rhythm in both offense and defense and they could prove to be quite tough to handle for Belgium, who are battling with their own issues inside the dressing room. We back Croatia to win by a 2-1 scoreline here.
Canada vs Morocco
Canada have looked quite out of sorts as a team in Group F so far. They have scored just one goal in the two games so far while conceding five times. Morocco, on the other hand, won the last match against Belgium and are yet to concede even one goal in this World Cup. They are expected to register a comfortable 2-0 win in this contest.
Japan vs Spain
None of the two teams can afford to lose this encounter as it could mean the end of their journey in this World Cup. Japan surprised everyone with a 2-1 win over Germany in their opening encounter but suffered a disappointing loss to Costa Rica in the very next game. Now they need to draw inspiration from their win against Germany to perform well in this match. Spain, on the other hand, started with a massive 7-0 victory over Costa Rica and then they were held to a 1-1 draw by Germany. They have looked really good in both offense and defense so far, and are also expected to win this encounter by 2-0 scoreline.
Costa Rica vs Germany
Costa Rica started with a massive loss against Spain but recovered well with a 1-0 victory over Japan. Now they need to take down a giant like Germany to carve their path to the round of 16. But that is going to be very difficult considering Germany’s quality as a team. The Germans are far superior and are expected to win this encounter by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline.