There is always one group in the World Cup which is labelled the ‘group of death’ and Group D at the 2018 edition is one such group.
Argentina meet Croatia in the second round of matches in this group and with Nigeria and Iceland also taking part, any dropped points in this game could prove costly for either team.
This Wold Cup is being billed as the last time Lionel Messi can cement his place as the best player in the history of the game, by leading Argentina to the title. You must go back to 1986 to find the last time Argentina lifted the trophy and they lost in the final four years ago.
Croatia started life promisingly as a nation by finishing third at the 1998 World Cup. They have since failed at the group stage each time they have qualified and have their work cut out to avoid the same fate in this tournament. So who might take points in this fixture? Check out our Argentina vs Croatia betting tips and find out. Read also our predictions for World Cup 2018 Final game predictions.
First round for Argentina and Croatia
Argentina surprisingly drew against Iceland and are now at a tough path to proceed to the next round. The match showed that if you play patiently in the defense, and diminish the key players, you can actually beat or at least draw against last World Cup finalists. As long as Messi won't be able to take responsibility for the play organisation, they will struggle.
Croatia on the other hand won against Nigeria 2-0 but looking at how they play, we wouldn't be very optimistic on how will they play for the rest of the tournament. Even though they won, it didn't look like they know what to do and Nigeria being such a weak opponent, we can't tell how they will be against stronger side, but all of these information will impact Argentina vs Croatia betting tips.
1. Argentina vs Croatia Odds Preview
|Statistics for last 10 matches (including WC) ||Argentina / Croatia |
|Number of wins: ||4 / 5 |
|Number of draws: ||4 / 2 |
|Average scored goals per match: ||1.7 / 1.2 |
|Average conceded goals per match: ||1.5 / 0.8 |
|Failure to score matches: ||1 / 4 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||W L D W D / L W L W W |
Given their tag as one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, Argentina will be expected to win every match in their group and the bookmakers have them priced at 2.20 to take 3 points from this game.
Argentina topped their group at the 2014 World Cup, winning all three of their matches. They will be hoping for more of the same in Russia and with the talent at their disposal, especially in attacking areas, there will be no excuse if they fail to qualify for the Round of 16.
Croatia will probably be Argentina’s toughest test in this group and they have plenty of talented players of their own. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic play for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively and arguably make Croatia’s midfield stronger than Argentina’s.
If Croatia’s midfield duo can get on the ball and dominate in the middle of the pitch, Croatia will have a chance and they can be backed at 3.90 with bet365 to win the game.
In truth, if this match ends level, Croatia would probably go away happy with one match remaining against arguably weaker opposition. The draw is on offer at 3.32 with 1XBET.
2. Argentina vs Croatia Prediction
Croatia were forced to come through a play-off tie against Greece to qualify for the World Cup and while their record was not great in the group, they performed well defensively. Only two teams in the whole of UEFA qualifying had a better defensive record than Croatia.
Argentina laboured in their qualifying campaign and could muster only 19 goals in 18 games, fewer than any other team which qualified from South America. Therefore, we could be in for a very close game, where goal scoring chances are at a premium and the draw and under 2.5 goals is available at 4.20 with William Hill.
However, with the attacking talent on show, this game may see only handful of chances but some of them are sure to be taken. The 1-1 correct score is 6.50 at Ladbrokes.
This is one of the most eagerly anticipated group games at the 2018 World Cup and you catch Argentina vs Croatia live streaming at William Hill, 1xBet and Bet365. You can also watch the game on the big screen thanks to live television coverage around the world and HRT and TV Publica will be covering the match live in Croatia and Argentina respectively. Don’t forget to post your own Argentina v Croatia predictions in the comments section! And if you’re interested in other Group D matches, go on and check out our Nigeria vs Iceland betting tips.