Argentina vs. Croatia Prediction

Prediction, Odds & Betting tips for Argentina vs. Croatia | Group Stage, World Cup Qatar 2022

  • Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
  • When: Tuesday, December 13, 10 pm local time

This is the replay of a game from four years ago, which carries many bad memories for the Argentinean unit. Croatia was one step short of reaching the title in Russia, while Argentina finished their adventure much earlier than expected. Now is a perfect chance for the Gauchos to get even with the Croats and secure the finals, their second in the past four World Cups, and give Messi another opportunity to lift the trophy.

Argentina vs. Croatia

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Argentina

The Gauchos survived a thriller against the Netherlands, winning the game only after the penalty shootout. They were confident throughout 80 minutes, controlling the situation on the field and pressuring the Oranje, but simply, they stopped in the last 10 minutes allowing two fast goals and going to the extra times.

Argentina played well in the additional half an hour and had chances to score, but luck wasn’t on their side. Nevertheless, after one very intense and fierce battle, Messi and the boys eliminated the big rivals.

This was the fourth time in the tournament for the Argentinean unit to score two goals in a game, but on the other hand, they managed to keep only two clean sheets. Their defense was far tougher in the past than now. 

Croatia

With four draws and one win, the Croatian team advanced to the semis. Some would say that this is luck, and they are correct, but on the other hand, the Croats are constantly having “luck” in the eliminating stages of the World Cup. 

They had two such successes in Russia, and two now, after Japan, they eliminated Brazil, making the biggest sensation in Qatar so far. Though. The Brazilians were arrogant throughout the entire tournament, and we have to say, that a lot of pundits overestimated them.

Croats had luck in having Dominik Livakovic, the best goalkeeper of the tournament so far, who had 11 saves against Brazil and a couple of more stopped penalties.

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Argentina vs. Croatia Possible Lineups

Argentina: E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez

Croatia: Livakovic; Juranovic, Gvardiol, Lovren, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic

Argentina vs. Croatia Head to Head

The previous meeting in Russia saw Croatia winning 3-0, blasting the South American crew into pieces. In 1998, they let in France at the World Cup, also in the group stage, but Argentina won that event, 1-0.

Argentina vs. Croatia Prediction

Croatia plays low-intensity games, trying to slow down the pace and kill the rival’s rhythm. Argentina likes such an approach, as they frequently meet the same when playing against South American units. That’s why this game won’t see more than two goals. Besides all the above mentioned, the stakes are too high for either side; therefore, we will see an ultra-conservative approach. 

Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Argentina vs. Croatia Odds 

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