SlipsTips takes a look at the Bet Builder market ahead of Croatia's crunch clash with Canada in World Cup Group F on Sunday.
Croatia vs Canada (Sunday, 16:00)
Both Croatia and Canada will set out to collect their first three points in World Cup Group F when they collide at the Khalifa International Stadium on Sunday.
Zlatko Dalić’s team had been touted as dark horses heading into the tournament but they made a frustrating start to their campaign as a resolute Morocco held them to a 0-0 draw.
Canada, on the other hand, earned themselves plenty of plaudits and admirers for their opening pool performance against star-studded Belgium, and they can consider themselves unlucky with the outcome of a narrow 1-0 defeat.
That display suggests John Herdman’s charges are more than capable of keeping this contest competitive and it's the 10/11 (SkyBet) available on each team to hit 3+ Corners and each team to receive 10+ Booking Points that holds appeal.
Canada's attacking intensity is their best form of defence and they are unlikely to sacrifice their principles here, and I’m therefore more than happy to back the Maple Leafs to earn at least three corner kicks against the Croats – something they managed against Belgium last time out.
As for Croatia, their aforementioned draw with Morocco has put them in quite a precarious position in Group F, so they, like opposing outfit Canada, will be going all out for the victory they need to enhance their chances of reaching the round of 16.
With that in mind, I’ll also back the Balkan outfit – who racked up five flag kicks in their first World Cup 2022 fixture – to bag at least three corners here, but to bump up the price, I’ll also back each team to collect a card in what should be a lively contest.
This crunch clash has been fuelled with bad blood after Canada boss John Herdman riled the Croatia camp with his post-match comments against Belgium, so 10+ Booking Points apiece doesn't look like too much when you consider the spice of those remarks coupled with the fact that the group is on a knife edge.
What’s more, we also have a favourable referee appointment in Andres Matonte who has one of the more card-happy operators in South America this season so far, averaging 66.1 Bookings Points per-game, and the Uruguayan should be kept busy on Sunday in a fixture where sparks are certain to fly
It’s also worth pointing out that the above-mentioned combination clicked during Canada’s clash with Belgium, and I see no reason to oppose the same 10/11 (SkyBet) formula here given that we have more than enough ingredients for a fiery-tempered encounter.
- Each team 3+ Corners
- Each team 10+ Booking Points
- 10/11 (SkyBet)