Kick-off: 1945, 06/06/2021
Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Belgium and Croatia both disappointed in their first Euro 2020 warm-up matches this week and will want sharper performances in Brussels.
The two World Cup semi-finalists are expected to go deep into this summer’s big event but can’t afford to be complacent in their preparations.
In what should be an informative affair, we like 29/20 for either side to win by exactly one goal for our opening Belgium vs Croatia prediction.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
The pressure is on Belgium’s golden generation to justify their world number one spot in the FIFA rankings and they impressed in qualifying for Euro 2020 with 10 straight wins.
Last year’s Nations League tournament brought more encouraging results, with the Red Devils heading a pool featuring England, Denmark and Iceland.
However, there is just a slight cloud over Roberto Martinez’s team entering Group B at Euro 2020 following Kevin De Bruyne’s injury in the Champions League final.
Fellow playmaker Eden Hazard is coming off a troubled season with Real Madrid and also missed Thursday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Greece.
Hazard’s brother Thorgan broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, but Georgios Tzavellas levelled in the second half on the rebound after Kyriakos Papadopoulos headed against the post.
Martinez used a 3-4-3 formation which never quite managed to open up a determined Greece defence.
This may be a more open affair, though, and 8/1 for the hosts to oblige 2-1 appeals from the Belgium vs Croatia odds.
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
Croatia can look forward to facing familiar foes England in Group D at Euro 2020, which also features Czech Republic and Scotland.
The Blazers blew hot and cold during qualifying but ultimately finished first in a pool which included Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.
Two moderate showings in the Nations League can probably be forgiven, as Zlatko Dalic prefers to focus on the major competitions.
However, March’s 1-0 World Cup loss in Slovenia is a concern, even if Cyprus and Malta were subsequently beaten.
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic headed Croatia in front against Armenia on Tuesday, but substitute Wbeymar Angulo equalised late on for opponents ranked 90 in the ratings list.
Dalic did shuffle his pack that night, with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic rested and other key figures brought off at the break.
Even so, there are fears that the Blazers rely too much on several ageing stars, with the next generation yet to step up.
Let’s finish off our Belgium vs Croatia betting tips by taking 12/5 for the Red Devils to prevail and both teams to score.
BELGIUM 1-1 Greece – Thorgan Hazard
CROATIA 1-1 Armenia – Perisic
Head-to-head: Croatia 1-2 Belgium, Belgium 1-1 Croatia, Belgium 0-1 Croatia
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