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Belgium vs Croatia betting tips

This article covers Belgium vs Croatia betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

o – Belgium 3/4

o – Draw 11/4

o – Croatia 7/2

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Belgium vs Croatia: Match details

Match: Belgium vs Croatia

Competition: International Friendly

Date: June 6, 2021

Kick-off time: 7:45 pm, June 6, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Koning Boudewijn Stadion


Nacer Chadli

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA – JULY 02: Nacer Chadli of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with team mates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Betting prediction: Belgium 2 – 1 Croatia

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Belgium welcome Croatia to the Koning Boudewijn Stadion on Sunday for this International Friendly match.

It is nearly 8 years since these sides last met each other. On that occasion, it was a World Cup Qualifier in Croatia with Belgium coming out on top with a 1-2 victory.

Despite this, Croatia still hold the upper hand in the head-to-head with 3 wins to Belgium’s 2 from their 7 encounters.

However, Belgium are the #1 ranked FIFA nation in the world after winning 18 of their last 22 matches, while Croatia have lost four of their last six away games.

Croatia World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia celebrates victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Belgium vs Croatia: Recommended bets

Croatia’s only win in Belgium was in an International Friendly back in March 2010. You can back Croatia at 12/1 for another 0-1 scoreline here on Sunday.

These teams played out a 1-1 draw when they last met in Belgium back in 2012. Another 1-1 draw is available here at 6/1.

The only previous international friendly between Belgium and Croatia was a 1-goal game. You can back another low scoring game here on Sunday with odds of 43/40 for under 2.5 goals.

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Romelu Lukaku (below) made his international debut against Croatia back in March 2010, playing 77 minutes of a 0-1 defeat. He scored both the opening and winning goals in a 1-2 win in the last match between these sides. The Belgium international is the 3/1 favourite to score the game’s opener on Sunday. Or 5/6 on to bag a goal at any time during the game against Croatia.


Belgium vs Croatia betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – NOVEMBER 14: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium reacts during the international friendly match between Belgium and Japan held at Jan Breydel Stadium on November 14, 2017 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Belgium vs Croatia: What are the betting odds?

The Red Devils came out victorious when these sides last met back in 2013. They are the odds-on favourites at 3/4 to win here on Sunday.

Croatia won the only previous international friendly between these sides, 0-1 in Belgium back in 2010. Despite this, they are the 7/2 outsiders for the win here.

A draw has been the most common outcome between these sides on Belgian soil, with 2 of the 4 matches here ending in a stalemate. Odds of 11/4 are available if you see Belgium and Croatia cancelling each other out on Sunday

Belgium vs Croatia – recent form and head to head statistics

Belgium vs Croatia form
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Belgium vs Italy - 1:2
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Belgium vs Portugal - 1:0
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Finland vs Belgium - 0:2
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Denmark vs Belgium - 1:2
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Belgium vs Russia - 3:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Croatia vs Spain - 3:5
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Croatia vs Scotland - 3:1
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Croatia vs Czech Republic - 1:1
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England vs Croatia - 1:0
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Belgium vs Croatia - 1:0
Last 5 games for Belgium
July 2, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Belgium 1 - 2 Italy
June 27, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Belgium 1 - 0 Portugal
June 21, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Finland 0 - 2 Belgium
June 17, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Denmark 1 - 2 Belgium
June 12, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Belgium 3 - 0 Russia
Last 5 games for Croatia
June 28, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Croatia 3 - 5 Spain
June 22, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Croatia 3 - 1 Scotland
June 18, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 Croatia 1 - 1 Czech Republic
June 13, 2021 Euro Cup 2020 England 1 - 0 Croatia
June 6, 2021 Int. Friendly Games 2021 Belgium 1 - 0 Croatia
Belgium vs Croatia Int. Friendly Games 2021 form
Belgium Croatia
2 Matches played 2
1 Matches won 0
21 Goal attempts 25
7 Shots on goal 8
7 Shots off goal 11
12 Corner kicks 10
54% Average ball possession 55%
7 Shots blocked 6
29 Free kicks 22
4 Offsides 6
1 Shots on post 1
1 Shots on bar 2
2 Goals by foot 0
2 Goals scored 1
1 Goals conceded 2
0 Cards given 1
0 Goals by head 1
Belgium vs Croatia statistics for most recent head to head matches
Belgium Croatia
6 Matches 6
4 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 4
6 Total Goals 8
1 Average Goals Scored 1.33
3 Wins 2
2 Losses 3
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between Belgium and Croatia
June 6, 2021 Int. Friendly Games 2021 Belgium 1 - 0 Croatia
October 11, 2013 World Cup Qualification 2014, Europe (UEFA) Croatia 1 - 2 Belgium
September 11, 2012 World Cup Qualification 2014, Europe (UEFA) Belgium 1 - 1 Croatia
March 3, 2010 International Friendly Games 2010 Belgium 0 - 1 Croatia
September 10, 2003 Euro Cup 2004, Qualification Belgium 2 - 1 Croatia

Belgium vs Croatia betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Luka Modric of Croatia in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Belgium vs Croatia: Match preview

Fans of both teams will be concerned going into this tournament based on the performance and result of their first warm-up match.

Belgium laboured to a 1-1 home draw with Greece. Despite having most of the possession, they were outshot by Greece 9 to 7. The Red Devils took the lead against the run of play thanks to Thorgan Hazard. It was assisted by Yannick Carrasco, one of the few players to impress in the absence of De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Of greater concern was the performance at the back with Toby Alderweireld looking particularly shaky. Hopefully, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen and Thibaut Courtois returning can see them settle down back there once the tournament gets going. Greece’s second-half equaliser was certainly well deserved when it came, and seeing your team lose the rebound in your own box from a setpiece is hard to watch.

“It was a long season for a lot of players. What we saw today was mostly decompression. It’s something that you can’t create during training but that’s what these matches are for.”
– Roberto Martínez, Belgium Head Coach

Croatia’s situation is equally concerning for their fans. Zlatko Dalic named his best available XI for the match. The Croatians dominated the possession and shot count, but struggled to create quality scoring chances.

This follows the same pattern from matches against Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta where they struggled to break the opposition. Although, they did eventually find a breakthrough and victory in 2 of the 3 matches.

The goal eventually came here too for Croatia from a setpiece. Ivan Perisic celebrated his 100th international cap by heading in Luka Modric’s corner midway through the first half. However, it was cancelled out by Armenia’s equaliser 20 minutes from time, a screamer from outside the box.

“I am not worried or unhappy. We missed a lot of chances. There was lot of running and attacking, but let’s take it step by step. I tried two attacking midfielders in the attacking phase, but we will return to our standard 4231 formation and we won’t rotate that much.”
– Zlatko Dalić, Croatia Head Coach

Both teams look in need of a good performance and confidence-boosting win to carry them into the tournament. Which will seize the initiative here though?


Belgium team news vs Croatia

Divock Origi, Adnan Januzaj, Jordan Lukaku and Alexis Saelemaekers are among the bigger names left out of Belgium’s Euro2020 squad.

Alex Witsel missed the game against Greece on Thursday due to an Achilles tendon injury. The game against Croatia is also going to come too soon for the Dortmund midfielder but he should be available for Belgium’s group games.

Kevin De Bruyne also missed the Greece match due to the facial fractures that forced him off in the Champions League final defeat for Manchester City. De Bruyne is expected to miss this friendly as well as the opening group match against Russia. He will be available for the rest of the tournament though aided by a protective face mask.

Eden Hazard (above) is the only other injury concern for the match. He too missed the game against Greece but is expected to return prior to the competition kicking off for Belgium on 12th June.

Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen and Thibaut Courtois were also absent from the side that took on Greece with Roberto Martinez wishing to try out some other players in these warm-up matches. The trio are likely to return to the starting XI here.

The Belgians have one of the oldest squads in the competition with 19-year-old Jérémy Doku the only player under the age of 24 named by Martínez.

Belgian Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha BSC), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City)
Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Nacer Chadli (İstanbul Başakşehir), Dennis Praet (Leicester City)
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Internazionale), Eden Hazard© (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jérémy Doku (Rennes)

Belgium vs Croatia betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JUNE 21: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia celebrates with teammate Dejan Lovren after scoring his team’s third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Croatia team news vs Belgium

Tin Jedvaj, Ivan Rakitić and Marko Rog are among the bigger names left out of Croatia’s Euro2020 squad.

Rakitić retired from international football back in September 2020.

Rog ruptured his ACL and missed most of the season for Cagliari. It could be 2022 before we see the 25-year-old midfielder back in action.

Dejan Lovren (above) missed the game against Armenia on Tuesday due to a muscle injury. Lovren is expected to miss the opening group game for Croatia but is working hard and should return for the Czech Republic and Scotland matches.

“Lovren is recovering better than all our expectations, his will and desire are not in question, but we have to be careful. Maybe he won’t be ready for the first match, but we play on 18 and 23 June and hope to stay in the tournament after that as well.”
– Zlatko Dalic, Croatia Head Coach

Ante Rebić had been struggling with a calf injury. However, he completed 45 minutes against Armenia and could be in line to start here with Josip Brekalo likely to be rested having picked up a knock against Armenia.

Croatian Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk Split), Simon Sluga (Luton Town)
Defenders: Šime Vrsaljko (Atlético Madrid), Borna Barišić (Rangers), Duje Ćaleta-Car (Marseille), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Mile Škorić (Osijek), Domagoj Vida (Beşiktaş), Josip Juranović (Legia Warsaw), Joško Gvardiol (Dinamo Zagreb), Domagoj Bradarić (Lille)
Midfielders: Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea), Luka Modrić© (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozović (Internazionale), Nikola Vlašić (CSKA Moscow), Mario Pašalić (Atalanta), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Luka Ivanušec (Dinamo Zagreb)
Forwards: Ivan Perišić (Internazionale), Josip Brekalo (VfL Wolfsburg), Andrej Kramarić (1899 Hoffenheim), Ante Rebić (Milan), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Mislav Oršić (Dinamo Zagreb), Bruno Petković (Dinamo Zagreb)

Predicted Belgium line-up vs Croatia

Belgium's predicted XI to face Croatia.

Belgium’s predicted XI to face Croatia.

Predicted Croatia line-up vs Belgium

Croatia's predicted XI to face Belgium.

Croatia’s predicted XI to face Belgium.


Belgium vs Croatia – Official videos

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

Belgium vs Croatia live streaming & betting tips FAQs

What time is kick off between Belgium vs Croatia?
7:45 pm on Sunday Jun 6, 2021 (UK Time)
What are the Belgium vs Croatia betting odds?
Belgium 3/4, Draw 11/4, Croatia 7/2
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101 Great Goals predicts: Belgium 2 - 1 Croatia