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Argentina vs Croatia betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Argentina vs Croatia 101 Great Goals prediction: Argentina 3-2 Croatia

With Croatia having taken all three points in their opening game against Nigeria, Argentina require three points on Thursday to keep up in the race for top spot in Group D.

Lionel Messi endured a bitterly disappointing opening game as Argentina stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Iceland.

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Argentina vs Croatia betting tips: Who will win?

The South Americans are favourites to claim all three points in this Group D match at 21/20.

A draw with Bet365 is valued at 12/5.

Croatia recording a second straight win at the World Cup is valued at an attractive looking 31/10.

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – MAY 29: Lionel Messi of Argentina drives the ball during an international friendly match between Argentina and Haiti at Alberto J. Armando Stadium on May 29, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

Argentina vs Croatia match preview

Lionel Messi’s 2018 World Cup campaign began with a miserable start as his Argentina side were unable to break down Iceland having to settle for just one point.

The Barcelona forward will now be desperate to improve having seen Cristiano Ronaldo net four times in two games for Portugal.

The draw leaves Jorge Sampaoli’s side in a tricky position, with Croatia leading Group D on three points whilst Argentina and Iceland are sat second and third, completely equal.

Croatia have huge potential to do well in Russia this summer given their incredibly well-rounded team.

The European side were impressive in their opening game against Nigeria with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings in midfield.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Lionel Messi of Argentina runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Iceland at Spartak Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

What type of Argentina side will turn up?

Even under Jorge Sampaoli, arguably the best coach in the competition, Argentina have lacked consistency for months now.

This Argentina side simply doesn’t look well equipped to go far at the World Cup.

Once again, so much depends on Leo Messi and whist he came close to beating Iceland single handedly, it will be a struggle against a side with so much talent in Croatia.

The fact Argentina’s World Cup hopes are already in doubt will be lost on no one and this match promises to be one of the most fascinating of the second round.

Argentina team news vs Croatia

Sampaoli may opt to freshen up his side following their lacklustre display against Iceland.

Argentina have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions ahead of facing Croatia.

Croatia team news vs Argentina

Croatia will be without forward Nikola Kalinic who has been sent home after refusing to be subbed on against Nigeria.

Croatia have no fresh injury concerns or suspensions ahead of facing Argentina.

Argentina predicted line-up vs Croatia

Argentina predicted line-up vs Croatia

Croatia predicted line-up vs Argentina

Croatia predicted line-up vs Argentina

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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