Japan vs Croatia prediction. The match will take place on June 25, 2022. Let's analyze the latest results of the teams and assess their chances of success in the upcoming meeting.
The rivals will meet in the third round of the group stage of the World Water Polo Championship. By this point, they have secured their places in the playoffs, while Croatia has an excellent chance of first place in Group B.
H2H Stats and Previous Results
Head-to-head meetings have four matches. The Croats were stronger in each of them. The last time the teams crossed paths in the World League was three years ago. Then Croatia prevailed with a score of 20:13.
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The Japanese national team became a participant of the last Olympic Games. However, she failed the group stage, defeating only South Africa in the last round. The current tournament is going much better for the team. In the first round, she beat Germany with a score of 12:11, however, she almost missed the victory, allowing her opponent to win back four goals in the final segment. And the day before, Japan could not do anything against Greece - 7:18.
Croatia did not qualify for the World League in the best way in April, taking sixth place. Nevertheless, she was considered the favorite in the group at the World Cup. However, in the first round, the guys lost points, having drawn with Greece - 8:8. And the day before they were stronger than the Germans, although they clearly failed the second half - 13:9.
World Championships 2022, Group B
Japan Croatia Prediction
Croatia is the favorite of the upcoming meeting. She is one of the leaders of the group, but she does not perform as powerfully as she could. Even in the meeting with Germany, the advantage could have been greater if not for the relaxation in the second half. Probably, the team will go to the duel with Japan without proper motivation. In such a situation, the opponent probably won't lose with a big score.
Bet on Match: Japan vs Croatia
Bet: Handicap(+7.5) Japan
*The odds is relevant at the time of publication of the prediction (June 24, 2022, 4:12 PM)