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Croatia v Brazil & Netherlands v Argentina: Joe Casey's World Cup betting tips

The World Cup quarter-finals begin on Friday with a pair of mouthwatering Europe v South America battles as two of the pre-tournament favourites looks to march into the last four. 

Brazil demonstrated why they are favourites for this year's World Cup with a dynamic attacking performance as they brushed aside South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16.

Now they face 2018 runners-up Croatia in an intriguing quarter-final clash, the winners of which face a blockbuster last four game against either the Netherlands or the Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.

What: Croatia v Brazil
Where: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar
When: 15:00, Friday 9th December 2022
How to watch: BBC One 
Odds: Brazil 4/11, Draw 15/4, Croatia 15/2

Irresistible Selecao

Two comfortable wins against Serbia and Switzerland respectively in which Brazil prevented their opponents from having a shot on target meant that they had already secured progression to the knockout stages when a rotated side lost 1-0 to Cameroon.

Tite's men still topped the group despite that loss and then turned on the style in their last 16 matchup with South Korea, scoring four times in the first 36 minutes to end the match as a contest.

The full range of their attacking talents were on display with Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta all landing on the scoresheet.

The attacking strength in depth in Tite's squad is evidenced by the fact that Manchester United's Antony, Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli and Real Madrid's Rodrygo all started as substitutes in the clash.

The Selecao have now scored at least four goals five times in their last 11 matches and their attacking talents may prove difficult for Croatia to resist.

Blunt Croatia may struggle

Croatia continued their good record in penalty shootouts with a win on spot kicks over Japan in the round of 16 clash.

Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was the hero for the European side as he saved two penalties.

However there were disappointing elements of the win for Croatia, who failed to break down Japan and looked tired in extra-time.

They have netted five times in four games and were reduced to long balls into the box throughout much of their round of 16 game.

Seven of Brazil's last 11 games have been wins to nil and the same is fancied here at 11/10 Result/Both Teams to Score.

What: Netherlands v Argentina
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
When: 19:00, Friday 9th December 2022
How to watch: BBC One 
Odds: Argentina 6/5, Draw 21/10, Netherlands 13/5

Messi and co on the charge

In what is likely to be Lionel Messi's last ever World Cup, the Paris Saint Germain man has been in top form as his team have bounced back impressively from their 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in the opening group game.

Messi has scored three times and registered one assist as he has galvanised his side to top their group despite their shock loss in their opener.

The 35-year-old scored in his country's 2-1 win over Argentina and now takes his side into their toughest challenge yet, a clash with the Netherlands.

Nevertheless Argentina will take plenty of confidence from the fact that they have won 11 of their last 13 matches.

Lionel Scaloni will be hoping Messi can inspire his side to beat the Dutch to set up a potential South American semi-final against Brazil.

Dutch looking to win first title

The Netherlands are undoubtedly the nation with the best footballing history to have never won the World Cup and they have been perpetual bad luck stories, finishing as runners-up on three occasions.

Now Louis van Gaal's side will be looking to put that record behind them and lift the World Cup for the first time. 

The Dutch topped Group A despite a number of unconvincing performances, including a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in which they were limited to just two shots at goal.

They played some good attacking football against the United States in their 3-1 round of 16 win but did look vulnerable at the back at times and will have to step up a level against these opponents.

Argentina's individual quality may just be enough to edge the win at 6/5 Full Time Result in what should be an ultra-competitive clash.

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