Who will win Argentina vs Croatia – Prediction & Odds, World Cup 2018

20th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Argentina v Croatia- World Cup 2018

Argentina vs Croatia World Cup Prediction 19th June 2018 – 7.00 p.m
(Full time: 0:3 – goals: Rebic 53′, Modric 80′, Raketic 90+1′)

Argentina will be under a bit of pressure if they were to fail to get a win on the board in this one. They could only come up with a 1-1 draw against Iceland and really looked as if they were lacking the craft, movement and belief to open up their European opponents. Croatia will be an even stiffer test for Argentina because they can get physical and may well be able to overpower the South Americans in the middle of the park. Nothing looks too cut and dry in our Argentina v Croatia predictions.

Argentina vs Croatia Odds*

Argentina evens
Draw 12/5
Croatia 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)

Who will win Argentina vs Croatia?

Even though Argentina are up as favourites for this game when you break down who will win in this Argentina vs Croatia fixture it doesn’t look as simple as that really. Croatia have the ability to throw down a serious challenge in this one and get themselves into a fantastic position. For Argentina, this is going to be something of a test of character for them.

Can Albiceleste get into top gear?

Argentina failed to get any real momentum going in their opening 1-1 draw against Iceland and they just didn’t really have any answers of how to break down the Europeans. Argentina didn’t have an impressive qualification campaign and they didn’t use space or any pace well against Iceland. They basically couldn’t figure out what to do and ran out of ideas quickly. It’s not a disaster that they didn’t win, but it does put some pressure on them in this one. Lionel Messi is the 10/3 first goalscorer option* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) and he missed from the penalty spot against Iceland and just never looked confident in taking what could have been the match winner.

So will Argentina be able to figure out Croatia, who will compete a lot harder in the midfield area than Iceland did against them? This will probably be a tight game and under 2.5 goals for the game is at 13/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) as Argentina don’t look a tremendous threat in front of goal. For their current form Argentina are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games, one of those successes being a recent friendly against Haiti. The two wins in that sequence were the only occasions in which they picked up a clean sheet. Both teams to score in this one is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Tough Croatia midfield the key to success

Croatia aren’t afraid to put a foot in and they can show up with some physicality and get the South Americans rattled. Croatia have a fantastic midfield set up and that’s going to be the key for them getting themselves into this fixture. Croatia bagged an opening 2-0 win over Nigeria in Group D so that sets them up really well and basically, it means that they would probably be happy enough with a draw in this one as it would leave them in a strong position and Argentina struggling. They have their threats up front through Mario Mandzukic who is an 11/4 anytime goalscorer option with Andrej Kramaric at 10/3 odds with bet* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Croatia have only scored in three of their last six games though and both teams have scored in just one of Croatia’s last six games. However, Croatia have won six of their last ten games (D2 L2). They have come up with three wins in their last four games (L1) and so have a nice bit of form behind them. They have their strengths and a Croatia/Draw Double Chance is great value at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Argentina vs Croatia Prediction

Croatia were always tipped to cause Argentina some stresses in this group and with Argentina having already inflicted some pressure on themselves, Croatia may well be able to capitalise. Given how lacklustre Argentina were in their opener, our prediction for the game sees Croatia avoiding defeat and therefore a Croatian-Draw Double Chance appeals greatly.

 



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