Argentina vs Croatia Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Group D – Nizhny Novgorod – TV: TSN
Group D looks hugely competitive with Argentina chalked up as favourites to progress to the knock-out round. Jorge Sampaoli’s side reached the final in 2014 and will be hoping to replicate that success in Russia. They face a stiff challenge against a Croatia side who haven’t enjoyed success in this competition but do possess a number of talented players who regularly compete in the top leagues around Europe.
Argentina vs Croatia Predictions
Argentina were amongst the favourites for the World Cup 2018 but Jorge Sampaoli’s side were far from convincing in their opening tie against Iceland. They have a wealth of attacking talent and they cannot afford to drop any more points in this game. They have beaten Croatia in their only previous meeting at the World Cup and they are predicted to make it two from two against this opposition.
Croatia only won one of their three games at the 2014 World Cup and that victory came against Cameroon. They have very few problems against lower-ranked sides but they often struggle against better sides such as Argentina. The South American side will be fancied here and can be backed at 2.00 with 888Sport.
Argentina vs Croatia Preview
Argentinian fans were left frustrated by their side’s inability to break down Iceland on May 16th. They missed a penalty and had over 70% possession but still failed to pick up three points. They face Nigeria in their final Group D game but cannot afford to drop any points in this next fixture. They have plenty of attacking talent but always look susceptible at the back.
Croatia had an easy ride against Nigeria and picked up three points without really breaking sweat. Zlatko Dalic’s side won 2-0 and kept a rare clean sheet at the World Cup. This will be much tougher and their players will need to step it up. They don’t always fare well against higher-ranked sides and this will be a tough test of their credentials.
Argentina vs Croatia Correct Score Prediction
This looks set to be a very entertaining game between two sides who are fancied to progress from Group D. Argentina are likely to attack from kick-off whilst Croatia’s more measured approach is likely to pay dividends across the 90 minutes. The South American side have plenty of firepower and the Croatian defence doesn’t always cope well under pressure. It isn’t likely to be awash with goals but a 2-1 scoreline is seen as the likeliest outcome. It can be backed at 8.50 with 888Sport. A 1-0 Argentina win is another possibility and is available at 5.84 with Sports Interaction.
Both Teams to Score Predictions
This could be one of the most entertaining games of the group stage and could be a memorable 90 minutes. Croatia have netted in four of their last five World Cup games whilst it’s a rarity for Argentina to fail to register. Both Teams to Score? Yes is avilable at 1.98 with Bodog and looks a realistic outcome.
Argentina vs Croatia Odds
Argentina vs Croatia Standings
Croatia sit top of Group D but have already played their easiest game in this section. Argentina sit joint-second alongside Iceland with both sides having picked up a point in their opener. Nigeria have yet to register.
Argentina had 26 attempts on goal against Iceland during their first Group D game
They also had 73% possession in that game
Lionel Messi netted four times at the 2014 World Cup
Lionel Messi is 3.00 to score the first goal of the game with 888Sport
Croatia have only been victorious in two of their last eight World Cup games
These sides have only previously met once in this competition with Argentina winning 1-0 at France ’98.
Head to Head
Argentina and Croatia have played one another four times, although three of those meetings were friendlies. When they met in the 1998 World Cup, Argentina were 1-0 winners.
Argentina 2-1 Croatia – 12/11/2014
Croatia 3-2 Argentina – 01/03/2006
Argentina 1-0 Croatia – 26/06/1998
Croatia 0-0 Argentina – 03/06/1994
World Cup Qualifiers
Croatia 4-1 Greece
Greece 0-0 Croatia
Goalkeepers: Willy Caballero, Franco Armani, Nahuel Guzman.
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Taglafico, Javier Mascherano, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi.
Midfielders: Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Angel Di María, Giovani Lo Celso, Manuel Lanzini, Cristian Pavon, Maximiliano Meza, Eduardo Salvio.
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero.
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic.
Defenders: Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren , Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj , Duje Caleta-Car.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric.
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisi, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric , Marko Pjaca , Ante Rebic.
Argentina vs Croatia
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