The FIFA World Cup has already entered its business end and an exciting day awaits as Croatia lock horns with Brazil and Netherlands take on Argentina on the opening day of the quarterfinals on Friday. Here, we shall take a look at how the four teams stack up ahead of their matches and who has the best chance of winning.
Croatia vs Brazil
Croatia have delivered a really professional performance in this World Cup so far. They haven’t been among the best attacking sides but they have been one of the best defenses so far. But Croatia will be facing a force like Brazil now, who have decimated most teams in this World Cup so far. The South American team registered a 4-1 win over South Korea on their way to the quarterfinals and now they will be eager to deliver another strong performance to book a semi-final berth. We are backing Brazil to win by a 2-1 scoreline here.
Netherlands vs Argentina
The Netherlands have been pretty impressive as a team as well. They have some real quality and experience in both attack and defense, and have justified that with their performances so far. The Dutch just need to do that once again to book a berth in the semi-finals. But they will be facing Argentina, a team that probably has more quality on both sides of the pitch. Their performances, however, have been dependent on Lionel Messi and they need other players to turn up to register a win in this important clash. So, we are backing Netherlands to win this contest by a 2-1 scoreline.