Argentina vs Croatia Today’s Soccer Prediction
Now this generation of “Gauchos”, led by Messi, faces a really big test in the duel against the Croats, especially after they only drew 1-1 in the first round against their debutant, the Icelandic national team , Despite a very modest game, they had the opportunity to score three points, but Messi was in the middle of a 64th-minute penalty, more precisely, Iceland goalkeeper Halldorsson defended his penalty. In the further course of the duel, the “gauchos” did not have much chance of scoring a goal. The Argentines took the lead thanks to Aguero in the 19th minute, only four minutes later when the Icelanders hit on Finnbogasson, which has obviously thwarted the charges of national coach Sampaoli.
That’s why he has now announced many changes in the lineup before the duel with Croatia, which is very strong especially in midfield, so that Sampaoli is likely to change the tactics compared to the duel with the Icelanders. He is aware of himself that he needs a win if he ultimately wants to occupy the leading group position. So now they should play with a strengthened midfielder, but with three players in the defensive line, where should rebuke instead of Rojo Mercado. On the other hand, in the midfield next to Mascherano still expects a very experienced player, Perez, while instead of di Maria this time Acuna and Pavon should accumulate from the first minute. Pavon has run up against Iceland only in the finish of the duel.
Expected lineup Argentina: Caballero – Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico – Salvio, Mascherano, Perez, Acuna – Messi, Aguero, Pavon
Unlike the Argentine national team, which lost in the duel with Iceland, the experienced Croats performed routine work in a duel with the young Nigerian national team, thanks to Etebo’s own goal and Modric’s goal from the penalty spot.Ultimately, they brought a valuable 2-0 victory. For the Croatian national team, this was also the first victory at the start of the World Cup since 1998, when they took third place in France and thus achieved the greatest success in their history. That’s why their fans believe that this generation could do something similar in Russia, especially since their biggest stars, Modric, Rakitic and Mandzukic, are in their most mature years of playing.
Now they will not have it easy against the “battered” Argentine national team, while the same holds true for the final round where they will play against the very strong and combative Icelanders, who are also in the qualifiers for this World Cup in the Table were placed over them. However, national coach Dalic is now only interested in the duel against the “Gauchos”, from whom one expects a more offensive approach after the blunder in the duel with Iceland. Thus, this time the Croats will probably have to strengthen their midfield with the somewhat retired Badelj. Therefore, unlike the duel with Nigeria, this time Kramaric should not be on the grid while the other players are likely to keep their place on the grid.
Estimated formation Croatia: Subasic – Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Strinic – Rakitic, Badelj – Rebic, Modric, Perisic – Mandzukic
After a 1-1 draw against Iceland, the current runners-up will now have to fight for victory against Croatia if they ultimately want to occupy the leading group position. Thus, we are sure that Messi and his teammates will finally give their best to create this as well.
Prediction Today: Victory Argentina