Croatia vs Canada Prediction - 2022 World Cup: Who Will Win?

Tournament2022 World Cup
Timetable27th November 2022 16:00 GMT
PredictionCroatia to win
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The 27th match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will see Croatia take on Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium at 16:00 GMT. This match comes straight after the Belgium vs Morocco match, so both Croatia and Canada will have the advantage of knowing where they currently stand in the group. Undoubtedly, Croatia, who finished in second place in the 2018 World Cup, will be the huge favourites here, but Canada will fancy their chances of causing a big upset. So, without further ado, let us provide you with our prediction for this match.

🏠 Croatia Team Preview

Croatia will be one of the more experienced teams at the Qatar World Cup, and they are currently ranked as the 15th best national team in the world. Although they are a pretty small nation when compared to other countries competing at the World Cup, they always seem to outdo themselves. For example, not only did they make it to the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they lost to France, but they also beat France and Denmark away from home in the recent UEFA Nations League.

🏆 World Cup History

Between the years 1930 and 1990, Croatia was part of Yugoslavia, so they did not compete as an independent country at any international tournaments such as the World Cup. Croatia gained their independence in 1991, and their very first appearance at a World Cup was in the 1998 World Cup, where they shocked the world and claimed a third-place finish.

They then made it to the 2002 and 2006 edition of this big tournament, but they only won one match from the six that they played. They failed to qualify for the 2010 edition, while their stint in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was ended in the Group Stage. However, as we mentioned above, they made it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they lost 4-2 to France in extra-time.

✔️ Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

Croatia's place at the 2022 World Cup was never really in doubt, despite the fact that they were drawn alongside the likes of Slovakia, Russia, and Slovenia. In the end, Croatia won 7 matches from 10, and topped the group by a single point, with Russia finishing in second place. Croatia got an impressive 1-0 win against Russia at home and drew 0-0 with them away from home, and these two results were what ultimately got them automatic qualification to the 2022 World Cup.

Below you can see the matches that they played in order to book their spot at the 2022 Qatar World Cup:

DateMatchFinal ScoreWinner
24th March 2021Slovenia vs Croatia1-0Slovenia
27th March 2021Croatia vs Cyprus1-0Croatia
30th March 2021Croatia vs Malta 3-0Croatia
1st September 2021Russia vs Croatia0-0Draw
4th September 2021Slovakia vs Croatia0-1Croatia
7th September 2021Croatia vs Slovenia3-0Croatia
8th October 2021Cyprus vs Croatia0-3Croatia
11th October 2021Croatia vs Slovakia2-2Draw
11th November 2021Malta vs Croatia1-7Croatia
14th November 2021Croatia vs Russia1-0Croatia

⭐ Croatia Players to Watch

Many of the players in Croatia's squad will be familiar to those who follow football since many of them play in the top five leagues in Europe. Below you can find three players that we feel are worthy of a close eye at the upcoming tournament:

  • Ivan Perišić: He might be 33 years of age now, but the Tottenham winger is still a key player for Croatia because he always guarantees some sort of end product, whether that is a goal, an assist, or a quality delivery that doesn't get the outcome that it deserves. He has been capped 115 times for his country and has 32 goals to his name, which is definitely a good haul for winger. He has not scored for Spurs yet, but he has already provided a good handful of assists
  • Mateo KovačićLuka Modric deservedly always catches the eye of whoever watches him play, but each team needs an engine to succeed, and Croatia's engine is undoubtedly Mateo Kovačić. He is a very strong ball carrier who is not afraid to put in a strong tackle, while he also possesses plenty of technical skill that allows him to bypass his opponents. The Chelsea midfielder has 83 caps for his country, and can find the back of the net on the odd occasion. If Croatia are to go deep in this competition once again, Kovacic will definitely end up playing a key role
  • Joško Gvardiol: He could have been a teammate of Kovačić's but RB Leipzig rejected a huge €90 million offer for him from Chelsea, and he remained in the Bundesliga. The 20-year-old, who has become a regular for his nation now, has 12 caps to his name, and we are looking forward to seeing how he competes against some of the best wingers in the sport. He is a very good young talent that we will definitely be keeping a close eye on at this World Cup

☍ Canada Preview

Canada is ranked as the world's 43rd best team by FIFA, and they climbed the rankings quite a bit recently thanks to some shock results such as their 2-1 win over Mexico, which was the first time that they have managed to beat the Mexicans in more than two decades. In addition to this, they have also beaten the USA recently, who were drawn in a group alongside England.

Many casual football fans probably know very little about the Canadian football team, but there has been a resurgence in the sport in recent years, and this is having a direct approach on the quality of their national side. There is now a Canadian Premier League for the first time, and this competition will definitely go a long way to improving the quality of football across the country.

Therefore, although Canada will rock up at Qatar as one of the lowest-ranked teams, they are doing so with one of their best squads and they will definitely be looking to make a small bit of history. They have absolutely no pressure on their shoulders, and this could spell bad news for their main rivals.

🏆 World Cup History

This will be Canada's second appearance at a World Cup, although they are guaranteed to be at the next one in 2026 since they are hosting it alongside Mexico and the United States. Canada's last appearance among the footballing elite came back in 1986 in Mexico, where they lost all three group matches and were eliminated. To add to this, they did not score a goal, so this is a monkey that they will be looking to get off their backs in Qatar.

✔️ Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

Thanks to their low ranking when the CONCACAF draw was being made, they had to get through three rounds of qualifying and play 20 matches in order to book their spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They walked through the first round with a 100% record and then overcome Haiti over two legs to book themselves a spot in the Third Round where they would come up against the likes of Costa Rica, Mexico, and the USA.

However, they did not lose any of their first 11 games and finished at the top of the group, meaning that Mexico and the United States had to settle for second and third place. Below is an overview of their results during their qualification process:

DateMatchFinal ScoreWinner
25th March 2021Canada vs Bermuda5-1Canada
29th March 2021Cayman Islands vs Canada0-11Canada
5th June 2021Aruba vs Canada0-7Canada
8th June 2021Canada vs Suriname4-0Canada
12th June 2021Haiti vs Canada0-1Canada
15th June 2021Canada vs Haiti3-0Canada
2nd September 2021Canada vs Honduras1-1Draw
5th September 2021United States vs Canada1-1Draw
8th September 2021Canada vs El Salvador3-0Canada
7th October 2021Mexico vs Canada1-1Draw
10th October 2021Jamaica vs Canada0-0Draw
13th October 2021Canada vs Panama4-1Canada
12th November 2021Canada vs Costa Rica1-0Canada
16th November 2021Canada vs Mexico2-1Canada
27th January 2022Honduras vs Canada0-2Canada
30th January 2022Canada vs United States2-0Canada
2nd February 2022El Salvador vs Canada0-2Canada
24th March 2022Costa Rica vs Canada1-0Costa Rica
27th March 2022Canada vs Jamaica4-0Canada
30th March 2022Panama vs Canada1-0Panama

⭐ Canada Players to Watch

Canada has some really good talent in their squad that could go on to form a Canadian golden generation, and below we have given you three players to look out for in Qatar this winter.

  • Jonathan David: He is only 22 years old, but from the 32 international matches that he has played he has found the back of the net 21 times - this included nine goals during their WC qualifying campaign. David will be tasked with leading the Canadian line at Qatar, and we think that the Lille forward can cause plenty of issues for the defenders that he will come up against
  • Alphonso Davies: At 22 years of age, Davies already has a UCL winner's medal in his trophy cabinet, and we are pretty sure that he will add to his haul by the time he has moved on from Bayern Munich. While he plays mostly as a left-back for Bayern, he plays mostly as a winger for Canada thanks to his skill on the ball, his eye for goal, and his speed. He has played for Canada 24 times so far and has 12 goals to his name. We are definitely very interested to see how he plays at the upcoming World Cup
  • Lucas Cavallini: At 29 years old, he is actually one of the older players in the Canadian squad, but a mix of experience and youth is something that is vital during such competitions. The striker has been capped 33 times for his country, and he has 17 goals under his belt, meaning he finds the back of the net every second game or so. If he is firing at this World Cup, then maybe Canada will cause an upset and manage to make it out of the Group Stage

💯 Croatia vs Canada Betting Odds

You can often get a good idea as to which way a match might go by looking at the odds that some of the best betting sites are offering to their customers. It will probably not come as much of a surprise to you to find out that the bookies have Croatia as the clear favourites to win this game.

⚡ Match Winner

Below are the WC 2022 betting odds that five of the best sports betting sites are currently offering for Croatia and Canada to win this game.

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Croatia1.771.801.751.801.80
Draw3.503.603.603.50*3.60*
Canada*goto betway[4.334.404.504.604.60

🔥 Both Teams to Score

It would be pretty boring if you could only bet on the winner of a game, and another interesting market when it comes to football betting is the Both Teams to Score one. With this market, you simply bet on whether both teams will score a goal or not, and the odds that some of the best bookies are offering for this market can be seen below:

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No1.801.801.831.831.85
Yes1.911.951.831.87*1.90

🥅 Over/Under 2.5 Goals

The Over/Under 2.5 goal market is one that we also like the look of, and with this kind of wager you are placing bets on the total goals that you think will be scored in a match. If you feel that there will be goals galore, then you can put your hard-earned money on the over 2.5 goal market, and you would need there to be at least three goals in order to have a successful bet.

Below are some odds from top bookies for this market for the Croatia v Canada match:

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Over 2.5 goals2.002.052.002.002.05
Under 2.5 goals1.731.751.851.75*1.75

🥇 Who Will Win? Croatia vs Canada Prediction

When it comes to our Croatia vs Canada prediction, who do we think will go on to claim all three points? Well, while we agree with the bookies that Croatia will win the match, we do not think that it will be as easy a win for Croatia as many are expecting. The Canadians have improved a lot in recent times, and we think that they can give the Croats a good game. Overall, though, we think that Croatia should have too much for their opponents, and we are backing them to come out on top with a 2-1 scoreline.

"Our match prediction: Croatia to win".

🔍 Our Croatia vs Canada Betting Tips?

Below we are going to give you some World Cup football betting advice for this Croatia v Canada game. We hope that this advice can lead to you placing some successful wagers, but bear in mind that we can never guarantee you any kind of win when you bet on sports.

Over 2.5 goals: Both of these sides have some very good attacking talent, so we think that there will be more than 2.5 goals in this match.

Both teams to score: We can honestly see both teams scoring in this match, so backing the BTTS market is definitely something you should consider.

Jonathan David: He is a prolific striker, and it would not surprise us if he is the one to put the ball in the back of the net for Canada.

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