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5th Dec 2022
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On Monday afternoon, Japan and Croatia go head-to-head in the last 16 of the World Cup as both teams look to seal their spots in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Japan form guide

The Blue Samurai were something of the surprise package in Group E, as they finished top of the standings ahead of Spain and Germany, with the latter eliminated from the competition.

Beating both European giants 2-1 in the group stages of the competition has certainly been the highlight of a campaign in which Japan have proven their quality, spirit and tenacity.

Despite the memorable wins, Japan still has a poor recent record in the World Cup, winning just three of their last 11 matches in the competition, with two of those wins being their victories in Group E.

Croatia form guide

Zlatko Dalic’s team finished second place in Group F of the World Cup, behind surprise group winners Morocco. Croatia won just one of their three group games, as they defeated Canada 4-1, with the other two group games producing draws.

A goalless draw against Belgium in their final group game means that Croatia has now kept clean sheets in three of their last four international matches. The clean sheets have contributed to there being under 2.5 goals scored in three of their previous four matches too.

Despite finishing as runners-up in the last World Cup, Croatia has won just one of their previous seven games in the competition in normal time.

Latest team news

Japan heads into this game without Ko Itakura due to suspension. They have no new injury problems, however. Croatia have no injury problems and could start with the same starting eleven as last time out.

What am I backing?

This is a tough one to call, as we have seen so many shocks in the tournament. I do believe this could be a tight contest, though, so I am backing under 2.5 goals scored.

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    Japan Japan
    26%
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    Draw
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    Croatia Croatia
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    2.08Both Teams Score5

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      Head to Head Stats

      Japan 1 goals
      VS
      Croatia 1 goals
      0%
      100%
      0%
      0 wins
      1 draws
      0 wins
      • 05-12-22Japan1 : 1Croatia

      Lineups

      JapanH. Moriyasu
      CroatiaZ. Dalić
      3-4-3
      S. Gonda
      S. Gonda 12
      M. Yoshida
      M. Yoshida 22
      Y. Nagatomo
      Y. Nagatomo 5
      S. Taniguchi
      S. Taniguchi 3
      T. Tomiyasu
      T. Tomiyasu 16
      W. Endo
      W. Endo 6
      D. Kamada
      D. Kamada 15
      H. Morita
      H. Morita 13
      J. Ito
      J. Ito 14
      R. Dōan
      R. Dōan 8
      D. Maeda
      D. Maeda 25
      4-3-3
      D. Maeda
      M. Kovačić 8
      D. Maeda
      A. Kramarić 9
      D. Maeda
      B. Petković 16
      D. Maeda
      L. Modrić 10
      D. Maeda
      I. Perišić 4
      D. Maeda
      M. Brozović 11
      D. Maeda
      D. Lovren 6
      D. Maeda
      B. Barišić 3
      D. Maeda
      J. Juranović 22
      D. Maeda
      J. Gvardiol 20
      D. Maeda
      D. Livaković 1

      Japan - Croatia match stats

      4
      4
      5
      6
      13
      17
      4
      7
      5
      9
      8
      8
      13
      16
      8
      5
      42%
      58%
      0
      2
      3
      3
      524
      724
      397
      606
      76%
      84%

      Teams Matches

      CompetitionHome TeamScore/TimeAway Team
      21/03/2024 Japan TBD North Korea
      03/02/2024AC Iran
      2 - 1
      Japan
      31/01/2024AC Bahrain
      1 - 3
      Japan
      24/01/2024AC Japan
      3 - 1
      Indonesia
      19/01/2024AC Iraq
      2 - 1
      Japan
      14/01/2024AC Japan
      4 - 2
      Vietnam
      09/01/2024FRE Japan
      6 - 1
      Jordan
      21/11/2023 Syria
      0 - 5
      Japan
      16/11/2023 Japan
      5 - 0
      Myanmar
      17/10/2023FRE Japan
      2 - 0
      Tunisia
      13/10/2023FRE Japan
      4 - 1
      Canada
      12/09/2023FRE Japan
      4 - 2
      Turkey
      09/09/2023FRE Germany
      1 - 4
      Japan
      20/06/2023FRE Japan
      4 - 1
      Peru
      15/06/2023FRE Japan
      6 - 0
      El Salvador
      CompetitionHome TeamScore/TimeAway Team
      05/09/2024UNL Portugal 23:45 Croatia
      19/06/2024EC Croatia 18:00 Albania
      15/06/2024EC Spain 21:00 Croatia
      22/03/2024FRE Croatia TBD Tunisia
      21/11/2023 Croatia
      1 - 0
      Armenia
      18/11/2023 Latvia
      0 - 2
      Croatia
      15/10/2023 Wales
      2 - 1
      Croatia
      12/10/2023 Croatia
      0 - 1
      Turkey
      11/09/2023 Armenia
      0 - 1
      Croatia
      08/09/2023 Croatia
      5 - 0
      Latvia
      18/06/2023UNL Croatia
      4 - 5
      Spain
      14/06/2023UNL Netherlands
      0 - 2
      Croatia
      08/06/2023FRE Qatar 21:00 Croatia
      28/03/2023 Turkey
      0 - 2
      Croatia
      25/03/2023 Croatia
      1 - 1
      Wales

      World Cup standings

      Group E
      MWDLGDLast 5P
      1 Japan32011
      6
      2 Spain31116
      4
      3 Germany31111
      4
      4 Costa Rica3102-8
      3
      MWDLP
      1 Japan0
      2 Spain0
      3 Germany0
      4 Costa Rica0
      MWDLP
      1 Japan0
      2 Spain0
      3 Germany0
      4 Costa Rica0
      Group F
      MWDLGDLast 5P
      1 Morocco32103
      7
      2 Croatia31203
      5
      3 Belgium3111-1
      4
      4 Canada3003-5
      0
      MWDLP
      1 Morocco0
      2 Croatia0
      3 Belgium0
      4 Canada0
      MWDLP
      1 Morocco0
      2 Croatia0
      3 Belgium0
      4 Canada0

      Match Facts

      • Last 2 years Japan don't have win against Croatia
      • Last 2 years Croatia don't have win against Japan
      • Last 2 years Japan didn't score goals against Croatia
      • Last 2 years Croatia didn't score goals against Japan
      • This season Japan score 4 goals in last 5 matches
      • This season Croatia score 4 goals in last 5 matches
      • This season Japan score 4 goals in last 10 matches
      • This season Croatia didn't receive any red cards
      • This season Croatia score 4 goals in last 10 matches
      • This season Croatia receive 6 yellow cards
      • This season Japan didn't receive any red cards
      • This season Croatia have 1 wins in World Cup
      • This season Japan receive 9 yellow cards
      • Last 5 matches Croatia used 12 substitutes
      • This season Japan have 2 wins in World Cup
      • Croatia have 52% to score first half
      • Last 5 matches Japan used 15 substitutes
      • Croatia have 37% to receive goal first half
      • Japan have 48% to score first half
      • Japan have 62% to score second half
      • Japan have 33% to receive goal first half
      • Japan have 37% to receive goal second half
      • Teams have 9 years difference from when they are found