Argentina vs. Croatia Prediction
The Group D leader in Croatia gets a difficult test today as it faces one of the World Cup favorites in Argentina. Can the Croatians rise to the challenge against an Argentina squad that most people pegged to win the group?
97866 Croatia vs. 97867 Argentina
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at 2PM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, Argentina is a +110 favorite to win on the moneyline. Croatia is a +270 underdog, while a draw is set at +225. The total sits at 2.5 goals.
Argentina underwhelms vs. Iceland
One of the most stunning results from the initial leg of group stage games was heavily favored Argentina only recording a 1-1 draw against an Iceland squad playing its first-ever World Cup match. Argentina took a 1-0 lead on Sergio Aguero's first World Cup goal of his career. But it would not stand as Iceland tied it up in the 23rd minute. Although both teams would have chances the rest of the way, no one found the back of the net. Argentina dominated possession at 73 percent and fired 26 shots, seven of which were on goal. Additionally, Argentina had 10 corner kicks but did very little with them.
Croatia eases to win over Nigeria
A 2-0 win against Nigeria in its first Group D match puts Croatia atop the table. Croatia benefited from an own goal in the 32nd minute by Nigeria's Oghenekaro Etebo to go ahead 1-0. It remained that way until the 71st minute when a penalty kick goal by Luka Modric provided some insurance. Croatia had 53 percent of the possession, but only fired 11 shots (two on goal) compared to 14 (two on goal) by the Nigerians. Croatia had six corner kicks and committed 20 penalties.
Argentina mostly dominated Iceland everywhere but the final result. If it plays like that again and finishes its chances, it will secure an important win here. Croatia is a very talented side, but I don't know if it quite has enough to take down Argentina or even get the draw. Look for Lionel Messi make a big impact, with at least an assist or two if not a goal.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: ARGENTINA +110