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Argentina v Croatia Prediction (FIFA World Cup Semi-finals) – Lionel Messi and Argentina face off against Luka Modric and Croatia, as each side take another step closer to the World Cup final in Qatar. These two sides have met five times before, with the last meeting being in the 2018 World Cup wherein The Vatreni beat La Albiceleste 3-0. Who of these two side will claim the first final slot? Read on for our predictions.
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Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Head to Head
Argentina and Croatia have split their meetings with each other, with each side winning twice and one game resulting in a draw. The Vatreni hold a slight lead in goals scored, however, scoring two more against La Albiceleste than the other way around. Let’s look at their most recent matches.
Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Recent Matches
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Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Current Form
Argentina started off their campaign with a tough 1-2 loss to Saudi Arabia, but have since won their encounters and figured in two thrilling games in the knockout stages. Croatia, meanwhile, avoided defeat in the group stages with one win and two losses, and have overcome two tough matches to reach the semi-finals. Let’s look at their performance thus far.
Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Tournament Performance
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Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Preview
Argentina secured their semi-final slot after a hard fought win over The Netherlands, beating them 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate. Lionel Messi‘s through-pass found Nahuel Molina, who fired La Albiceleste into the lead on 35 minutes. Messi himself would double the lead from the spot on 73 minutes, after Denzel Dumfries brought down Marcos Acuña. However, Wout Weghorst breathed new life into The Oranje with his last-minute brace, amidst several yellow cards raised by the referee on both sides. With nothing to separate them, Emiliano Martinez denied Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghulis from the spot, which proved enough as only Enzo Fernandez conceded his penalty among the Argentines. Lionel Scaloni‘s side now face the giant-slaying Croatians, posing to be their trickiest challenge yet. Will they break The Vatreni’s miracle run and get past them?
Argentina are aiming to get to the World Cup final for the 6th time, the second most appearances after Germany (8). They have not been knocked out of the semi-final stage before, recently defeating The Netherlands in 2014.
La Albiceleste have just won only 1 of their last 7 World Cup matches against European teams (D3 L3), defeating Poland 2-0 in the group stage in Qatar. But 2 of those 3 draws led to penalty shootout wins.
Croatia cruised into a second consecutive World Cup semi-final appearance after beating number-one ranked Brazil 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 deadlock. With no goals to separate the two in regulation time, Seleçao talisman Neymar finally opened the scoring just before the extra time break. However, Bruno Petkovic levelled with an 11th hour strike, forcing the game into a penalty shootout. All first four Vatreni penalty takers went past Alisson in the net, while Dominik Livakovic‘s heroics helped to deny Rodrygo and Marquinhos‘s shots, pulling off the biggest upset yet in the competition. Zlatko Dalic‘s side have yet another opportunity to take out another tournament favourite, while also sending a warning towards the Albiceleste. Can lightning strike once more for the Eastern European wonders?
Croatia were runners-up in 2018, and may become the 4th side from Europe to get to consecutive World Cup finals after Italy (1934, 1938), The Netherlands (1974, 1978) and Germany (1982, 1986, 1990).
After their penalty shootout win over Brazil in the quarter-final, Croatia could be the 2nd side to knock out both Brazil and Argentina in the knockout stages of the same World Cup tournament after Germany in 2014.
Argentina – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
Croatia – Bans, Injuries, Suspensions
No players are currently reported injured or suspended.
Argentina v Croatia Prediction – Final Thoughts
With Argentina determined to give Messi his one last chance at a World Cup trophy, and Croatia wanting to avenge themselves for 2018, everything will be on the line in this historic match. The Vatreni’s patience and 0.6 average goals conceded in the tournament. have served them well in their routs of Japan and Brazil, However, they would need to get their firepower going against an immensely deep Albiceleste, who enjoy the upperhand in average goals per World Cup match. We can expect another fight to the finish, and unfortunately the Croatians’ Cinderella run will end here, as the Argentines try to exorcise the ghost of 2014 and sneak an empathic win leading to the final. Let’s take a look at the prediction.
Argentina v Croatia Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in Euro football odds for this match:
Under: 2.25 Goals
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Semi-final Argentina v Croatia Prediction to win, Argentina need to win in full time with one goal. If they draw the match, the bettor loses half of their bet. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total goal count should be below 2.25 goals.
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