Betting tip World Cup 2018: Argentina - Croatia

Thursday, 21.06.2018 at 20:00 o’clock (CET)

Will Argentina slip up again?

In the evening game of the coming Thursday, the teams from Argentina and Croatia face each other. Many are talking about the duel for the group victory in Group D, in fact, the winner of this encounter probably has the best cards to reach the first place. As usual, we deliver all the important information and statistics for both teams in our World Cup Bet Tips. Kick off will be at 21:00 (CET) on June 21st.

Argentina

  • good balance in direct comparison
  • Powerful bench

Croatia

  • dynamic play down the wings
  • all in all more flexible in forward play

Current form Argentina

As one of the co-favorites to the title started, Argentina had to let go in the first game immediately. Against Iceland, they recorded a real dream start in the form of the leading goal by Sergio Agüero, but then allowed more and more and had to accept the 1-1 compensation. This was probably the biggest shortcoming of the South Americans noticeable: the order on the defensive. This order wasn’t existing right before the goal. Instead, Argentina did not manage to get the ball out of the dangerous area and also wasn’t able to improve their leading despite the fact of many good scoring chances. Against an offensively stronger team of Croatia, these uncertainties could be much more of a problem than against the Icelanders, who came rather destructively, especially in the first half. Basically, the performance of Argentina wasn’t that bad, we also saw a lot of positive things. The favourite controlled the game and penetrated dangerous in the box again and again. Therefore, the would have deserved 3 points. In addition, as superstar Lionel Messi left a penalty unused. Argentinas dependence on his person we still see as one of the biggest problems in the team of Jorge Sampaoli. The team/squad would probably have enough leaders who could take the book in hand, however, game philosophy and game structure are too tailored to the Barcelona star. The best example: A world-class man like Angel di Maria did not stand out against the Northern Europeans at all, Agüero also dived more and more after a strong initial phase. Also certainly important against Croatia for the Argentine game: Javier Mascherano. The China legionnaire was the second central factor in the game of Jorge Sampaoli´s team, alongside Messi. By the way, the coach should also be criticized after the draw against Iceland. Because: Players like Higuain or Dybala, who are employed throughout the season at the same club and know each other accordingly inside and out, haven´t played many minutes against Iceland, in fact, against a defensive compact opponent. Not to put them up (Dybala) or to put them up only briefly (Higuaín) seems very questionable to us. As we mentioned before, you still have to say that the Argentinian performance against Iceland was not bad, so there is hope for the Croatia match too, as there will certainly be more rooms in this match. Against Iceland, Argentina reached no less than 73 percent possession of the ball, also took 8 shots on goal, however, one goal conceded also from only 2 Icelandic attempts.

Current form Croatia

Croatia won without shining. In a similar way, you could summarize the opening game of the 1998 World Cup Third. Because: In the end it was an own goal and a penalty, which paved the victory against Nigeria. Nevertheless, you have to hold Croatia in good stead: They barely allowed your opponent to do the bare necessities to win 2-0 in the end and thus celebrate a successful start. Zlatko Dalic's team continued their success story against African teams: in the last test before the World Cup, they had won against Group H starter Senegal 2-1. With Argentina, however, a team that certainly has a more offensive power than the first opponent from West Africa, is waiting on match day two. This seems dangerous, because in recent weeks and months Croatia wasn’t always playing very stable. Before the win against Senegal they had to bow to Brazil 0-2, the match against Mexico was again won 1-0, against Peru they lost 0-2 in march. The two defeats show, however, that Croatia gets problems especially against teams which show strengths in counter attacks. Fortunately for the Europeans, we do not see Argentina as such a team. In addition, the entire pressure in this second group game is on the shoulders of Messi & Co, for the Croats, even a defeat would not be declared as a disaster. The direct duel with the Thursday opponent may only make limited hope. Of the 4 encounters with the "Gauchos" so far, the Croats could only win one, as happened in the 3-2 in 2006. Their last duel 4 years ago was won by Argentina 2-1. Striking in the case of the Croats: 4 of the last 5 matches ended with less than 2.5 hits, so you could also make a betting tip in the form of an over / under bet. It can not be ruled out whether the offensive strength of both teams is a placement on a goal for both teams, which we also consider quite realistic. Important to know: Croatia was unsurpassed in terms of efficiency against Nigeria. After 90 minutes two on-goal-shots were recorded for both teams, the final result is known. In terms of playing facilities, we see Croatia as very dependent on its two directors Modric and Rakitic. The central defenders Vida and Lovren were barely involved in the build-up, so will not be on Thursday. As another offensive bearer of hope, we have recognized Ante Rebic, who thanks to his speed kept providing rooms. Overall, Croatia is certainly in a position to keep up with Argentina.

Forecast and Betting tip

The Croatian offensive is currently slightly more variable than those of Argentina, although the game structure as I said mainly on the axis Modric / Rakitic runs. For Thursday, we even see chances for Croatia for the big surprise, in terms of betting tip we would choose the following variant: Both teams to score - yes.

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