We have got two more World Cup 2022 games to look forward to on Monday, as the fifth and sixth last-16 ties take place in Qatar.
Brazil will take to the field against South Korea in the afternoon kick-off, before which Japan will lock horns with Croatia.
Here are our suggested prop bets for both matches - remember, these are wagers on events that do not directly affect the result.
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Japan pulled off an extraordinary feat in Group E, beating both Germany and Spain to top Group E. This is a team which seems to raise its game for the biggest matches - their second outing in Qatar ended in a disappointing 1-0 loss to Costa Rica - and Japan have nothing to fear having already taken two major scalps.
Croatia advanced as Group F runners-up, but they were a little fortunate to do so. Needing only a draw against Belgium to qualify for the knockout phase, the 2018 finalists survived by the skin of their teeth as their opponents missed a host of golden chances in the second half.
Japan scored twice against each of Germany and Spain, while Croatia turned on the style in a 4-1 victory over Canada on matchday two. Over 2.5 goals looks like a wise choice here. Check out the full game preview!
Either side of that thrashing of Canada, Croatia drew blanks against Morocco and Belgium. But we still fancy them to find the back of the net here. For one, Japan are yet to keep a clean sheet at this tournament. If Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic get their passing network going in midfield, they should be able prise open the Samurai Blue’s backline.
Equally, it is hard to envisage Japan not finding the net. Croatia were fortunate to not concede against Belgium last time out, while Hajime Moriyasu’s side have a remarkable ability to attack in intense bursts, as they demonstrated in duels with both Germany and Spain.
The forward lines could come out on top in Monday’s morning encounter, so consider adding both teams to score to your betslip.
Brazil suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Cameroon on matchday three, but they had virtually wrapped up top spot in Group G before kick-off at Stadium 974. That allowed Tite to rest several key players for their meeting with the Indomitable Lions, which brought Brazil’s first ever defeat by an African nation at the World Cup.
Vinicius Junior was among the players who was kept on the bench for the whole 90 minutes. By no means a guaranteed starter in the run-up to the tournament, the Real Madrid man was arguably Brazil’s standout performer in the group phase.
Available at a generous price to find the net anytime, we recommend backing Vinicius to do just that against South Korea. See the full game preview, here!
The Taeguk Warriors qualified for the knockout stage in dramatic fashion, as Hwang Hee-chan’s goal in second-half stoppage time earned them a 2-1 triumph over Portugal. That suddenly saw South Korea leapfrog both Ghana and Uruguay into second place in Group H.
This is only the second time the Koreans will compete in the round of 16 on foreign soil, but it is hard to see them causing Brazil too many problems. The Selecao have been better in defense than attack so far, but this could be the game in which they turn on the style going forward.
Korea shipped two goals to Ghana on matchday two and might have been in trouble had they had to face Portugal’s first-choice XI last time out. Back Brazil to score three goals or more.
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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