Japan vs Croatia predictions, odds, World Cup 05/12/2022

Japan vs Croatia betting tips and top betting picks

If there’s one thing we learned from the group stage of the World Cup, it’s to not underestimate the underdogs. Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina 2:1 in the opening round in Group C, Ghana and South Korea knocked out Uruguay in the last possible second, and Japan won the most difficult World Cup group.

Last Five - Japan

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Croatia

Japan

1 (3)

1 (1)

L

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Spain

Japan

1

2

W

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Costa Rica

Japan

1

0

L

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Germany

Japan

1

2

W

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Canada

Japan

2

1

L

Last Five - Croatia

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Morocco

Croatia

1

2

W

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Argentina

Croatia

3

0

L

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Brazil

Croatia

1 (2)

1 (4)

W

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Japan

Croatia

1 (1)

1 (3)

W

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Belgium

Croatia

0

0

D

The examples are many but undoubtedly Japan smashing their way to 1st place in Group E was the biggest shock of all. We dare not have a Japan vs Croatia prediction about the final outcome of the game but we’re convinced that Croatia and Japan will give us a night to remember on the 5th of December.

Both teams performed above all expectations in their group games and we’re certain that we have yet to see the very best of both countries. Japan already showed they are no pushovers against two of the top favorites to win the World Cup – Spain and Germany, and Croatia didn’t lose a single World Cup game so far. It’s going to be one hell of a game at Al Janoub Stadium.

Players to watch in the Japan vs Croatia contest

Japan

Ritsu Doan: There are very few players in the World Cup this year who are outscoring Ritsu Doan. And that says a lot, considering that Japan faced two of the top favorites to win the World Cup so far – Spain and Germany. Ritsu Doan has two goals to his name in the goal-scoring charts and the Japan vs Croatia odds for a solid Ritsu Doan performance are quite nice.

Croatia

Ivan Perisic: Tottenham’s star has been ever-present for both club and country this year. He needed a few months to settle into his new club but without a doubt, he’s now one of the key players for coach Antonio Conte. Things aren’t much different in the Croatian team as Ivan Perisic has been a delight in the World Cup. He provided his teammates with two assists and his crosses have been cutting through the opposition’s defense like a knife.

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Essential Japan vs Croatia prediction and picks for this World Cup game

We will provide the betting man with two free predictions on this game.

Japan vs Croatia odds: Over 2.5 goals @ +132

Two of Japan’s group-stage games ended with Over 2.5 goals. We expect this one to be an interesting affair as well, considering the sky-high motivation in the Japanese camp. Coach Hajime Moriyasu’s boys brushed aside both Germany and Spain with a 2:1 score and they’ll look to further impress the soccer world with another outstanding performance against one of Europe’s finest, Croatia.

Luka Modric and his teammates were among the top teams during the last World Cup. In fact, Croatia reached the final in Russia 2018 where they were trashed 4:2 by France. They’ll certainly search for another memorable performance in the game against Japan and this is without a doubt a good opportunity for us to see some goals.

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Japan vs Croatia prediction: Andrej Kramaric to score @ +185

The 31-year-old Hoffenheim striker was an absolute delight to watch against Canada. The Maple Leafs were eager to finally win their first World Cup points but they were unlucky as it was Andrej Kramaric who was on the pitch that day.

He scored two of the four goals for Croatia in that game and was very close to transforming his brace into a hattrick. There are very few options for the striker position and Andrej Kramaric is a certain starter against Japan. With the crazy-good Ivan Perisic crosses, it will be an easy task for Andrej Kramaric to bag a few more goals and continue the fight for the top scorer in the World Cup. We can’t wait to see how well he will play on the 5th of December and we’re convinced that the Japan vs Croatia odds for an Andrej Kramaric goal are sufficient for you to make the bet.

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Other World Cup games and rankings

Don’t miss out on our remaining World Cup predictions as there are some very interesting games in the round of 16 that you wouldn’t want to miss. Argentina are facing Australia, the Netherlands are up against the US, and it’s England vs Senegal that’s the most interesting game to watch. The winner of the Brazil vs South Korea clash is going to face either Japan or Croatia in the quarter-finals. We have a prediction for that game as well! Don’t miss out!