After having a nail biting draw with Iceland, the South American giants would now face Croatia in their second game. It was devastating for Argentina as their star talisman Lionel Messi failed to score a penalty and had to settle for a draw. Despite having an early lead in the game by Sergio Aguero, Argentina failed to capitalize on that and started their World Cup journey with just one point. However, Croatia would come into this game with more confidence as they have own their opener against Nigeria and now they would want to go for a draw in this game as well if winning this match would be a herculean task. The highlight s of Croatia’s first match was the display of the world class midfield play in that game as the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic impressed everyone. It would also be a personal clash for Ivan Rakitic as his current Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi would want to hand them a defeat which he would not want to have.

 

Betting Odds:

According to bet365 the odds of Croatia winning this game is 31/10, odds of drawing this game is 12/5 and the odds of Argentina winning this game is 21/20. Similar odds have been provided by skybet too as their odds for Croatia emerging out victorious are 3 and probability for a draw is 23/10 and for Argentina to win the odds are 21/20. Betfair odd for Croatia is 31/10, for Argentina is 11/10 and the odds of this match ending in a draw are 15/5.

 

Team News:

A few changes are expected from Jorge Sampaoli’s side as he is most likely to bench Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Maximilliano Meza and Lucas Bigila as they failed to impress against Iceland. Enzo Perez, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Pavon and Gabriel Mercado are expected to get a starting berth in this game. However, Croatia may go for only one change by bringing Marcelo brozovic in Andrej Kramaric’s place.

Recent Form:

Argentina:  D W L W L W

Croatia:  D W L W L W

 

Predictions:

Croatia is most likely to come out on top after this game.

 

Man Of The Match:

If Croatia has to win then it would fall on Lika Modric and if Argentina wins, it will be Lionel Messi.