Argentina vs Croatia: Argentina clash off against Croatia in the 1st semifinal of FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. Both teams had a tough time in the semifinal round. Croatia defied all the odds defeating Brazil in the quarterfinals. Argentina managed to edge past the last minute surge by Netherlands.
Brazil and Croatia both managed to win in the penalty shootout to qualify for the semifinal round.
Croatia having already defeated the South American giants Brazil are set for yet another challenge from another South American giant Argentina. Croatia will be aiming to make it to yet another finals on the grandest stage.
Argentina looked comfortable with 2-0 up before Netherlands fought back with Wout Weghorst’s brace towards the closing moments of the game forced extra time and the game ending in 2-2 leading to a penalty shootout. Argentina managed to edge past the dutch in the penalty round.
Argentina made it to the finals every time they progressed to the semi final round. The last time Argetina made it to the finals was in 2014 where they lost to Germany. Luis Scaloni’s men will be aiming to achieve glory and a farewell to their legend Lionel Messi.
Croataia’s Dominik Livakovic has been one of the top goalkeepers in the entire tournament. Livakovic’s effort in the game against Brazil is one of the highlights of the tournament. He managed to save the goal 11 times against Brazil and a crucial save in he penalty shootout.
Dalic’s men were one victory away from glory in 2018. They reached the 2018 finals without winning a single game in the kockout stage. The checkered ones forced overtime each time and picked up the win. Heading into the match against Argentina Croatia are unbeaten in their last 11 games.
Argentina vs Croatia Probable Starters
Argentina: E. Martinez (Gk); Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico (Defenders); Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister (Mid Fielders); Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez (Forwards)
Croatia: Livakovic (Gk); Juranovic, Gvardiol, Lovren, Sosa (Defenders); Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic (Midfielders); Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic (Forwards)
Argentina vs Croatia Predictions and Betting Odds
Argentina are the clear favourites to win the game against Croatia. According to our expert prediction Argentina will win the game 2-1.
Betting Odds: Both teams to score is offered at the healthy-looking price of 6/5 (2.20) while backing both teams to score and a draw in the game could be an interesting value bet at 4/1 (5.00).