Brazil vs. Croatia
|Date & Time||Sunday June 3, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Brazil -208 / Croatia +620 / Draw +275 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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Brazil and Croatia meet Sunday in International Friendly soccer action at the Anfield.
Brazil has been building some positive momentum heading into the World Cup, as they hope to redeem themselves after the 2014 disaster and win the tournament for the first time since 2002. Brazil has won its last two International Friendly matches, including a recent 1-0 win over World Cup favorite Germany back in March. In that victory, Brazil allowed just one shot on goal despite controlling the ball just 42 percent of the match, and Gabriel Jesus scored the lone goal to produce the victory. Brazil has now outscored Russia and Germany by a combined score of 4-0 in its last two matches, and both of those victories came on their opponents home soil. With a loaded squad that includes Neymar, Thiago Silva, Willian and Marcelo, the Brazilians have to like their chances against anybody at the moment, whether the games count or not.
Croatia is another club gearing up for a World Cup run and hopes to make it out of the group stage for the first time since 1998. Croatia produced a 1-0 win over Mexico in its last friendly match, as it got four shots on goal despite just 36 percent of control, and Ivan Rakitic scored the winning goal. Croatia has been very solid on the defensive end as of late, allowing one or less goals in eight of its last nine matches and is led by possibly the best midfield in the tournament. While these matches don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, a win over one of the top favorites in the tournament would do wonders for the confidence of Croatia.
These two clubs have played twice, with Brazil winning 1-0 back in the 2006 World Cup and forcing a 1-1 draw in a 2005 International Friendly.
This game means more to Croatia in terms of building confidence and proving it can be a true dark horse in the upcoming tournament. Brazil has been there done that and has its eyes on one prize. Picking Croatia to win this match is probably where the value will be, but Brazil is obviously the better, deeper and more talented team and just overwhelmed Germany. It’s tough to bet against Brazil, a team that seems to be on a mission.