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Japan vs Croatia: World Cup 2022 preview

H

aving conquered the group of death, Japan head into the round-of-16 full of confidence.

Both Spain and Germany have been beaten in what is surely their greatest World Cup campaign in history and, frankly, the Japanese will have little to fear from here. Seemingly over their 2018 heartbreak at the hands of Belgium, it would be foolish to write them off.

Croatia, meanwhile, are seasoned veterans at this level. While the team has moved on from their journey to the 2018 final, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic remain key players and little will phase them in the knockouts.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

Date, kick-off time and venue

The World Cup round-of-16 game is scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Monday December 5, 2022.

The Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah will host.

Where to watch Japan vs Croatia

TV channel and live stream information will be released closer to the time.

LIVE coverage: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

Japan vs Croatia team news

Ao Tanaka, Takefus Kubo and Daizen Meda all returned to the side for the win over Spain and will surely feature once more. Shogo Taniguchi is favourite to start over Miki Yamane at right-back.

For Croatia, there are currently no fresh injury concerns.

Japan vs Croatia prediction

It’s difficult to look past Japan, such has been their ability to rise to the challenge at this World Cup.

Japan to win 2-1.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Japan wins: 1

Draws: 1

Croatia wins: 1

Japan vs Croatia latest odds

Japan to win: 10/9

Draw: 9/4

Croatia to win: 14/5

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

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