These two evenly matched teams will meet in the final set of group stage games, and it’s a potentially enthralling encounter between two nations that know how to play football the right way, which is what makes it a match that neutrals will flock to see.
Both Belgium and Croatia reached the semi-finals in 2018, with the Croats overcoming England before losing to France in the final, with the French having previously taken care of the Belgians.
Both teams play free-flowing attacking football and should comfortably finish in the top two places in their group, which also includes Morocco and Canada. That means this encounter will more than likely be a battle for the top spot, which is crucial.
There is undoubtedly a lot of talent in Zlatko Dalic’s Croat squad, but it’s also fair to say that a number of their star turns are now very much in the latter stages of their careers. A case in point being national team record cap holder Luka Modric.
The 37-year-old helped Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League triumph last season, playing 45 games in the process, and no doubt Dalic will hope he still has the legs to make an impact, especially with the World Cup coming slap bang in the middle of the European club football season.
Belgium’s squad is also a little on the ageing side but not in the same league as Croatia, whose key players also include 33-year-old trio Domagoj VidaIvan Perisic and Dejan Lovren.
Grosvenor Sports are offering 17/4 on a red card being shown; jump all over those odds as we can see this being a tasty affair. They also offer 7/1 on a US win coupled with Norwich City’s Josh Sargent netting first.
The US to win by two clear goals, potentially then pipping Wales for the second spot in Group B.