CROATIA are trying to improve on the performance of the opening game in which they managed a goalless draw against Morocco.
The Vatreni surprised the world in 2018, reaching the final in Russia.
However, their season got off to a slow start this year as they drew against Morocco.
While the big boys of Belgium group have yet to play, Croatia will be hoping for three points in this game against Canada to give them the best chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
In the meantime, the North American team has presented itself well so far, but unfortunately cannot show anything.
SunSport previews the game with a preview and result prediction.
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Croatia: Played a lifeless draw against African club Morocco and left little to be desired by the Croatians.
Although they had the talent, they struggled to break through the strong defensive block they faced.
Read full match report Morocco vs Croatia…
Canada: In stark contrast to Croatia, the Maple Leafs were clearly the better side against Belgium but were unable to get the ball past the menacing figure of Thibaut Courtois.
John Herdman is hoping for a more clinical performance from his side to earn some points on the board.
Read full match report Belgium vs Canada…
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Any injuries to worry about?
Croatia: Torino’s Nikola Vlasic is unlikely to feature after being substituted at half-time against Morocco with a calf injury.
Apart from that, Zlatko Dalic has a perfectly fit squad but could make some changes, especially on the front line that failed to impress in the opening game.
Canada: All 26 players selected for the Canadians are playable, giving Herdman many options.
However, after a strong performance against Belgium, we’re likely to see little to no change on the side.
Who will the star men be?
Croatia: 2018 Ballon D’or winner Luka Modric has undoubtedly always been the main attraction of the European team, controlling play in the strong midfield that also includes Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic.
Another player to watch is 20-year-old centre-back Josko Gvardiol. The RB Leipzig defender has shown the quality he has this season and Croatia will look to him to solidify that line of defence.
Canada: The face of Canadian football Alphonso Davies proved himself against Belgium by constantly falling behind and creating chances.
Lille striker Jonathan David will look to continue his goalscoring form for the club this season, scoring nine goals before moving to Qatar.
What is the head-to-head race?
The two nations have yet to face each other.
Croatia 1 Canada 2
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