Argentina Vs Croatia World Cup Picks – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips
We haven’t seen much of the top teams in the world face each other, but this matchup will be a test of the world’s best player and teams. Croatia has had their best team in decades and Argentina is looking to avenge a 1-1 tie against Iceland. The Croats didn’t look their best against Nigeria but managed to grab a 2-0 victory with both goals coming in the second half. This game means a lot more to Argentina rather than Croatia, which are atop Group D with three points after their opening match win. My 2018 World Cup pick for June 20th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Deposit Bonus.
Argentina Vs Croatia – Recent Form & Injury
No one should be shocked by Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Spain if they watched their qualifying campaign and friendlies. They lost 3-0 to Brazil and 1-0 to Paraguay at home. It didn’t get much better in their friendlies leading into the World Cup. They lost 6-1 to Spain a few weeks ago. The good news is that Argentina has no new injury concerns. Although, the starting XI is expected to be shaken up after their mediocre first game.
Croatia didn’t exactly roll through qualifying, but they managed to finish atop of their group. They did lose to Iceland and Turkey but still came into the World Cup with a string of wins and draws. No injuries for Croatia, but Nikola Kalinic was sent home from the team after refusing to go on as a sub against Nigeria.
Argentina pk, -1 (-126) Vs Croatia pk, +1(+106) Total: 2.5 goals
You would like to think Argentina shows up with urgency here and goes all out to get three points, and that may be true, but this team has not played well in recent weeks. There also wasn’t much to be happy about in their draw with Iceland.
When we compare these rosters – it’s tough to say it’s not about even or Croatia does not have a slight edge. Argentina may change their squad, but the Croats will have an advantage in the midfield. I like the Croats to win this one or keep it close. Bettors who are counting are “Messi to get it done”, simply because it’s a World Cup matchup are being foolish. He may have a good game, but Argentina has not played well in recent months, regardless.