World Cup quarter-final: Croatia vs. Brazil prediction, preview and team news

The 2018 runners-up take on the 2022 favourites at Education City Stadium

Casemiro and Neymar Jr of Brazil and Luka Modrić and Ivan Perisic of Croatia
Casemiro and Neymar Jr of Brazil and Luka Modrić and Ivan Perisic of Croatia
(Image credit: Fifa via Getty Images)

An intriguing encounter will kick off the quarter-final stage at the Fifa World Cup in Qatar. Tournament favourites Brazil danced their way into the last eight with a 4-1 victory over South Korea and 2018 runners-up Croatia needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Japan after their last-16 match ended 1-1.

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Mike Starling is the former digital features editor at The Week. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.