Canada v Morocco = Morocco to WIN
Morocco have been one of the surprise packages of this tournament and they have given themselves a realistic chances of qualifying for the round of 16. Although they haven’t created a huge amount (0.9 xG), they have also worked hard to keep things tight and they are yet to concede a goal across their first 180 minutes of football. Canada have been the archetypal ‘breath of fresh air’ at this tournament, however, sadly, John Herdman’s side are heading home. They will be looking to end on a high here, but it may just be a step too far for their inexperienced squad.
Croatia v Belgium = Draw
Croatia put in a much-improved performance against Canada on Sunday afternoon and have put themselves in a fantastic position to qualify for the knock-out rounds. The 2018 finalists found their attacking mojo at the weekend after struggling to go through the gears against Morocco previously. Marko Livaja and Andrej Kramaric were excellent throughout and they are likely to cause problems for Roberto Martinez’s side. Belgium have had an exceptionally poor tournament so far ad their star players aren’t firing. They look disjointed and out-of-sorts and this is their toughest game of the group stage. They are unlikely to take three points here.
Costa Rica v Germany = Germany to WIN
Costa Rica shocked Japan on Sunday morning, however, they still look short of quality in forward areas. They’ve proven adept at taking the lead and clinging onto it, however, when falling behind early (as they did against Spain), they are prone to collapsing. They can still qualify for the round of 16 and that would be a remarkable achievement for a side with a goal difference of -6 heading into the final group game. Germany probably should have beaten Spain on Sunday, creating several good chances and having a goal chalked off. They have looked good going forward, although it has quite clicked overall. This shouldn’t take too much winning and they should ease to victory here.
Japan v Spain = Spain to WIN
Japan have shown that they can create havoc and spring a surprise. The Blue Samurai beat Germany last week and have proven adept at coming out firing after the break. Nevertheless, this is their toughest assignment so far and they will likely be chasing shadows for the majority of this contest. Spain’s performance against Germany suggests that they will have to work hard against better sides in this tournament, however, they should be able to dispatch of the minnows. Japan fall somewhere in between those two categories and this will be a little tougher for Luis Enrique’s side. Nevertheless, they should have enough quality on the bench to prevail.9/1 World Cup ACCA at bet365