2018 World Cup: Argentina v Croatia Tips, Preview and Predictions
June 19, 2018
Argentina aiming for crucial Croatia success after disappointing draw
After being held to a 1-1 draw with Iceland, Argentina are in desperate need of a victory over Croatia in their latest 2018 World Cup Group D encounter.
Lionel Messi and company made a bright start with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero netting their opener, but Iceland struck back with Alfred Finnbogason.
De Jong: "The king deserves his crown, so at the World Cup, I am supporting Argentina. Messi not winning anything with Argentina? That is nonsense. Argentina do not have an exceptional team at all. They have many good attackers, but you can not play six of them." pic.twitter.com/qz2ASx08ub— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 19, 2018
The South American nation were widely expected to rally to an opening triumph but were forced to settle for a point and will now be seeking a crucial three points over Croatia.
Although, their next opponents were in fine form in their respective opener, earning a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria.
In this intriguing next clash, another draw with both sides scoring can be backed at a promising 18/5 with Betfred.
Lionel Messi to finally get off the mark
Messi was under the spotlight once again in light of Argentina’s disappointing draw last time out, as he missed another penalty during proceedings.
Even more pressure has now mounted on the Barcelona superstar and anything other than a strong showing against Croatia will see him face further criticism.
Although, he will be relentlessly pursuing a big outing here and the Argentina captain is 6/5 with Coral to get on the scoresheet anytime here.
Meanwhile, for the Croatians, main targetman Mario Mandzukic is a danger up front and he is 3/1 with Paddy Power to notch up a goal here.