Matchday 3 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup looks well poised for an exciting set of four matches — two from Group E and a couple more from Group F. Morocco will lock horns with Croatia in the first match of the day, which will be followed by Germany taking on Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Spain and Costa Rica will be locking horns in the third contest of the day, whereas Belgium and Canada will cap off the day with a battle among themselves.
Morocco vs Croatia
It seems right to back Croatia in this contest as they have the right experience and quality required to win here. But Morocco can’t be underestimated either as they have excellent attacking quality in their ranks. The likes of Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri and Achraf Hakimi are well-known players who have played for big clubs all around the world. But what they lack is defensive quality and experience, when compared to that of Croatia. The European nation has quality in both departments whereas Morocco will need to be at the peak of their attacking game to win this contest. So, we are backing Croatia to win this match 3-1.
Germany vs Japan
Germany will obviously start as the favourites to win this contest but like Morocco, Japan also have excellent attacking quality and are expected to test the German defense in this contest. But you can trust Germany’s experience and quality to trump Japan’s flair and flamboyance here. So, Hansi Flick’s side can also be backed to ace this match by a 3-1 scoreline.
Spain vs Costa Rica
This might look like a one-sided contest on paper but Costa Rica have been excellent in defense of late and they have a good chance of limiting Spain to a point here. Spain do have quality at both ends of the pitch but they will need to be at the top of their attacking game to break through Costa Rica’s backline. This match could either end in a low-scoring draw or a narrow win for Spain, but we are backing Spain to win 1-0 here.
Belgium vs Canada
Although Belgium have encountered shaky times on their way to this FIFA World Cup, the quality and experience in their roster should allow them to ease past a spirited Canadian side. The likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Youri Tielemans, Mitchy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard pack enough class and experience to propel Belgium to a 2-0 victory over Canada in this contest.