15:00 Thursday

Croatia/Draw – Double Chance

A place in the last 16 is Croatia’s to lose, and they’re in control of their own destiny; avoid defeat and secure a spot in the next round. Despite not starting magnificently, they’ve found a way to get the job done and sit top of the group with four points. 

On paper, Belgium are undoubtedly the toughest game for Croatia, however Morocco and Canada haven’t been push-overs, and after a 4-1 victory over the latter, they’ve found goals at the right time. 

Meanwhile, the Belgians haven’t shown any evidence of a FIFA no.2 outfit, and the rumours of unrest in the squad may be translating to the lack of cohesion on the pitch.

No less than a win will do for Martinez’s side but the lack of imagination upfront should see Zlatco Dalic’s team contain them for a at least a draw, and possibly even a win. 

19:00 Thursday

Spain to win & Under 3.5 goals

Spain also have the luxury of progressing to the next round with only a draw, however the undeniable quality of ball retention and fluidity of the front six should allow Enrique’s team to secure three points without risking it all in attack, knowing how Japan can hit back on the counter.

You can expect Japan to have very little possession, and Spain to flex their quality enough to open up a few clear-cut opportunities. Japan have to assume that Germany will beat Costa Rica to equal their total of four points, meaning they could go in desperate search of goal throwing men forward, leaving it open at the back for Spain to grab one or two towards the end. 

15:00 Thursday

Most Corners – Canada

Morocco are in an unforeseen position heading into their final group stage game; they can still lose by two goals and progress to the last 16 provided Belgium do not beat Croatia. Canada are already out, but they’ve gained many admirers along the way with their athleticism, and direct approach. 

They’ll certainly continue to try and score their first points of the tournament, and while their finishing has been far from perfect, the opportunities have been there. It’s likely that Morocco, who have been defensively sound, will be happy to sit and soak up the pressure.

In doing so, the corner count could rise for the Canadians. Morocco, who have no real need to commit in attack, have a corner total of one for the tournament.