Place: Russia. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Nizhny Novgorod.
Date: on the 21st of June, 2018 (Thursday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
The South American national team which, thanks to Messi and his ambition has got into the World championship will play its the second match. During the opening match of World Cup 2018 Argentina has met with Iceland and it became a serious test for Sampaoli’s team. Powerful rivals have built the real wall around the gate and quite often created the counterattacks, having won draw 1:1 and having complicated the beginning of the championship for Argentina. It is clear that Messi and the company experience the lack of achievements at the international level that interfere with their game.
During the opening match we have seen Roque Mesa, the winger of Argentina who isn’t especially known to fans and also Salvio on the position of right lateral (interesting decisions from coaching staff). The last assist became the problem of Argentina due to which there were only few moments near the gate of Icelanders.
Croatia has confirmed its strength during the opening match in the World Cup 2018, having win over strong Nigeria with the score 2:0. In this match this national team has shown incredibly sharp efficiency in the attack, having realized 2 out of 2 shots in a goal mouth. The Blazers have spent good match also in respect of defense, didn’t allow Nigerians to run up, though they also haven’t shown a bright game.
Croatia is quite strong and any positions don’t seem to be weak. It is necessary to point out powerful middle line of the field where such serious football players as Modrić, Kovačić and Rakitić are playing, are capable to control the ball. In the attack Mandžukić is quite strong who has wise experience of games at the highest level. The game of Croatia doesn’t yet please the eyes of the fans as it seems to be very careful but the result of the first match gives the high chances of getting into the playoffs for the first time after successful 1998.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Argentina vs Croatia
In this duel bookmakers prefer Argentina but not as strong as a month before the beginning of the World championship – coefficient 2.04. Bookmakers give 3.52 on a draw and on a victory of Croatia – 4.20. Bookmakers have built very accurate prediction on this match, we have nothing to add. Total over 2.5 is estimated by bookmakers with 2.35, and total under 2.5 – 1.70.
Argentina has big problems with defense overcoming that was visible during the qualification cycle. All attack is built on Messi and the genius of modern football is neutralized by dense guardianship. Therefore in this match we don’t see how Argentina can win over organized Croats.
Our tips: Croatia to win or draw (Asian handicap + 0.5) – odds 1.8 Asianodds
There is a high probability that in this match Croatia and Argentina will exchange the scored goals. Croatia will score due to the highest organization and team work and Argentina will score goals due to individual skill.