Predicting the winner of the Japan vs Croatia match

Al Jazeera’s AI robot Kashef has broken down the numbers and made some predictions for today’s game.

Japan will face Croatia in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup on Monday.

Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) powered robot, has analyzed over 200 stats, including wins, goals scored and FIFA rankings, from matches played over the last century to see who has the best chance of winning.

Here is Kashef’s prediction:

Who: Japan vs Croatia

Where: Al Janoub Stadium

When: December 5, 6:00 PM (3:00 PM GMT)

Prediction: Japan has not been easy to predict in this tournament so far. The 24th place stunned Germany (11th) in their first game, then lost to Costa Rica (31st), before causing another big upset by beating Spain (seventh).

Mixing two 0-0 draws with a 4-1 thrashing of Canada in the group stage, Croatia has reached the last 16 twice in five previous World Cup appearances.

After weighing all the data, Kashef has given Croatia, in 12th place, a 62 percent chance of beating Japan tonight.

The runners-up of the 2018 World Cup are expected to face Brazil in the quarter-finals on December 9.


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Who will win the World Cup?

After 52 matches this World Cup, Kashef has an accuracy level of 67 percent. After each match, Kashef runs the model again to predict the outcome of the next match up to and including the final.

Predicting match results is no easy task – external factors such as team morale or player fitness make a big difference to how the game plays out.

See if you can outsmart Kashef and predict today’s winners by playing our AI game here.


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Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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