Argentina - Croatia 21.06.2018 Free fixed predictions
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ARGENTINA - CROATIA. WHAT TEAM WILL APPROACH THE MATCH?
Iceland squad two years ago on Euro-2016 made a great impression, having managed to reach the quarterfinals. When the islanders qualified for the World Cup 2018 World Cup, immediately began to raise questions about whether this team will be able to show the same character as in France. In the first round of the 2018 World Cup we saw that Iceland continues to show a magnificent character. The islanders played a 1: 1 draw with Argentina. Moreover, Lionel Messi in that fight failed to realize a penalty, losing the duel to the goalkeeper.
As for the Croatian national team, she confidently defeated the Nigerian national team with a score of 2: 0. The Croatian team knows that in case of a tie the result retains the first place, and then in order to win the group, it will be enough to beat Iceland, not paying attention to the result of another match of the group. Nevertheless, despite a misfire in a duel with the islanders, Argentina is a favorite of the upcoming meeting. However, Jorge Sampaoli's wards have won just four of the last ten matches, losing to Nigeria and Spain. Spaniards lost the Argentineans with a score of 1: 6 at the end of March this year. Thus, the Argentinean team sometimes reminds just a team of world class players, but not the team. The Croatian national team, in turn, lost just two of the last nine fights, and the checkers have not lost any of the last five matches of a major international tournament in regular time. This includes victories in the matches against Spain and Turkey. Thus, summing up all of the above, the expert fully admits that the Argentines can again miss the points. Thus, he does not exclude the victory of the Croatian team or a draw.
ARGENTINA - CROATIA. STATISTICS OF PERSONAL MEETINGS
Argentina and Croatia met each other four times, and the South Americans twice won, once tied and lost once. The last time the teams met in 2014 in a friendly match. As for the official matches, the only such match took place in the group stage of the World Cup 1998 World Cup.
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ARGENTINA - CROATIA. FACTS OF STATISTICS BEFORE THE MATCH
Lionel Messi 11 times beat the gate of the national team of Iceland. More times he did not hit once in one match in the World Cup;
Lionel Messi could not score a single ball after 21 consecutive strikes in World Cup matches, most recently noting the exact blow in the fight against Nigeria in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup;
Croatia scored goals in the last five matches of the World Cup;
Croatia has not lost any of the last five fights of a major international tournament in regular time. The last time such a defeat was in a duel against Mexico at the 2014 World Cup.
ARGENTINA - CROATIA. COEFFICIENTS OF BOOKMAKERS AND FACTS OF STATISTICS
In 10 of the last 11 matches of the World Cup with the participation of the Croatian national team, the total was less than 2.5 (coefficient 1.67);
In six of the last seven matches of the FIFA World Cup with the participation of the Argentina national team, the total was less than 2.5;
Argentina did not lose in the last five matches of the World Cup. His chances of winning or tie are estimated at 1.25;
Croatia did not lose in the last five matches of the World Cup. Her chances of winning or tipping are estimated at 1.80.
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A big game awaits us on Thursday night at the "Nizhny Novgorod" stadium. Meanwhile, teams from Argentina and Croatia face a match in group D at the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The Croats lead in the group after winning their first tournament match, while Argentina is just a point. There is an important match for both teams on their way to the eighth finals in the race.
The tension is on the side of Argentina
Some days ago the "Gaucosos" started their way to the current World Cup against a debutant against Iceland, but failed to get to nothing more than a tie. A pretty unpleasant scar remains and a missed penalty kick by Leo Messi, which could bring the three points to the match. Argentina will have to do better in its worst match in the group. Jorge Sampaoli is expected to make a lot of changes in the starting lineup to offer a better football that Argentina will pursue the three points. In defense, however, "gauchoos" will also have to be alert. No missing from the composition is expected. If you are still looking for your World Championship predictions, you can look at the offers and take advantage of the available for new customers.
Croatia with its best start for 20 years
The 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the first game marked the strongest start of World Chess finals in 20 years. In the upcoming match, they will be pursuing at least the point at which to keep their chances of being ranked ahead to the very large eighth finals. Team coach Zlatko Dalih sent off central striker Nicolas Kalinic after having found problems with his back and could not help the team. Other missing ones are not expected.
Argentina vs. Argentina Croatia
In their history, the two teams have 4 matches with each other. Three of them are friendly matches where both teams are exchanged for success and one match ends in a draw. The only official clash dates from the 1998 World Cup in France when Argentina and Croatia are again in a group. Then the "Gaucosos" won 1-0. Now South Americans are faced with the task of pursuing mandatory three points if they do not want to question their leaving the group. However, Croatia has a lot of talent. Certainly "chess players" have a better middle line, but bigger names are shining in Argentina's attack. Our opinion of this game is that you will get an interesting and goalless match. As a main prognosis, we will point out both teams to write at the meeting. As a second option, we will assume a victory for Argentina, because the situation in front of the team predisposes him to throw for the three points.
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ARGENTINA - CROATIA. WHAT TEAM WILL APPROACH THE MATCH?
Argentina disappointed with their game in the match against Iceland, playing a 1: 1 draw. As for Croatia, she confidently defeated Nigeria 2: 0, and she has a very good chance of earning another three points. It should be recalled that the Croatian team in the last confrontation with the Argentines was defeated with a score of 0: 1 at the 1998 World Cup, but, again, given the football that Jorge Sampaoli showed in the fight against the islanders, the Croats are very good chances of victory.
Perhaps, the most important and intriguing match of the second round. It can hurt one of the favorites mundialya.
Draw at the start is quite an acceptable result for any team. Chances do not go anywhere, everything is in your hands. However, in the case of Argentina, everyone is waiting for the maximum. Of course, in the composition there is Messi. It was he who ruined the main chance to wrest victory without realizing a penalty. And in fact with this component he regularly has problems, but Leo persistently takes the ball and goes to the point. And after all the big tournaments in the press and in the forums there is a discussion that Messi goes overboard, trying to do the game alone. He pulls the ball from the middle of the field and himself strives to complete the attack. Bust. Around it is full of highly qualified partners, it is possible and necessary to share the burden with them. And completely useless are the sophisticated tactical schemes of Sampaoli. The opponent has one task - to keep the leader and everything will be fine. Will the Argentines change?
The Croats started with a victory and this is a huge plus for them. Now, firstly, even defeat from the favorite of the group does not deprive them of the chances of further struggle, then it will just be necessary to win against Iceland in the third round. And secondly, this meeting can be carried out busting tearing, from the defense, showing all the appearance of the opponent that it is necessary for him to hurry. It is difficult to imagine that such an ace as Modric, Rakitic, Manjukic, Lovren or Subasic can be intimidated by someone. To beat - yes, but there will not be anybody afraid of "checkers", including Messi. The same Modric against him plays regularly ("Real" - "Barcelona"). So in this meeting it is not necessary to immediately and unconditionally give priority to the Argentines. There will be an equal fight with mutual chances. And the result will depend not even on how to play against Messi, but how much Leo is able to share the load with partners. Yes, and there is hardly any sense to worry about the atmosphere in the team because of Kalinich being kicked out of the national team. Unless this gesture adds credibility to the Croatian coach Dalich.
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