Argentina - Croatia 21.06.2018 Free soccer tips
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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 "In the first round of the world championship, Argentina could not overcome the resistance of the national team of Iceland, which brought the game to a draw 1: 1 result. In addition, the team leader Lionel Messi failed to realize a penalty. On the mundial, "blue and white" qualified from the third place in the South American selection, where the first and second positions went to the national teams of Brazil and Uruguay respectively. Then the wards Jorge Sampaoli held five friendly matches, in which there were two defeats: 4: 2 from Nigerians and 6: 1 from the team of Spain. Also worth noting is the victory 1: 0 over the hosts of the current championship - the Russian team. "Croatia" Unlike the opponent, the Croatians started on mundiale much more successfully, having managed to win a confident victory over Nigeria in the first round with the score 2: 0. "Flaming" at the stage of qualifying selection took second place in Group I, while the first position went to current opponents in the group stage - the national team of Iceland. In the playoffs for the exit to the final of the world championship wards Zlatko Dalich defeated the Greeks with a total score of 4: 1. In preparation for the mundialia, Croatia held four friendly matches, of which it is worth noting the defeat of Brazil with a score of 2: 0, as well as the victory over Senegal 2: 1 and Mexico 1: 0. Forecast for the match: "Argentina" - "Croatia" from experts masters-bet In the last five games with the participation of the Argentine team in no one scored less than two goals. Approximately the same picture for the Croats: only one fight ended with a total of less than 2. Thus, we can assume that in such an important and intense meeting the ball in the goal will be at least two times.
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It's hard to say that the Argentina team failed the match with Iceland, because South Americans played well. However, to win this they were not enough. Team Sampaoli earned even a penalty, but Messiew for the first time in the final part of the World Cup did not realize an 11-meter strike. In general, in this match, the Argentine superstar did not have a game at all. Therefore, there is no doubt that he will be very serious about the fight with Croatia.
It should be noted that the Argentina national team is a regular participant in the playoffs of the World Championships. Over the last eleven mundiales, "albiseleste" did not leave the group only once. In 2002, the South American team missed England and Sweden.
Our experts have prepared another forecast for the match Argentina-Croatia, in which they determined the outcome of the meeting.
The past mundial Argentina started with a victory over Bosnia - 2: 1. In the end, we recall, "albiselest" reached the finals.
Recall that the team Sampaoli hardly qualified for the World Cup, and in friendly matches before the World Cup lost to Nigeria - 2: 4, Spain - 1: 6 and beat Italy - 2: 0.
On the prospects of the team of Argentina in the group, our experts told us in a special blog.
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The Croatian national team is no stranger to playing against the strongest teams of the continent. At the last European Championships, the Balkan team defeated Spain in the group stage, and lost to Portugal in the 1/8 finals in extra time. Despite the fact that in the selection for the World Cup Croats took only second place, they are good middle peasants in world football. What the team Daliich, in fact, and demonstrated in the first round.
Croatia deservedly and in the case beat Nigeria - 2: 0, creating a good handicap for the rest of the pursuers. In the first half, the pressure of the Balkans was crowned by the own goal of Etobe, and in the second half of the Africans, from the penalty spot, finished off Modric.
Unlike in Argentina, Croatia recently, on the contrary, falls through the World Cup still at the group stage. On all three previous mundials, to which Croatia qualified, she did not leave the group. At the last World Cup in Brazil, Croatia lost in the opening match to the hosts - 1: 3. Then "checker" managed to defeat Cameroon - 4: 0, but in the decisive duel the Balkans lost to Mexico - 1: 3.
On the prospects of the Croatian team in the group, our experts told us in a special blog.
STATISTICS AND PERSONAL MEETINGS
Argentina missed out in three of the last five matches.
Scored the Argentines in all seven previous fights.
Argentina scored in six of the eight past meetings in the final stage of the World Cup.
Croatia won three of the previous five games, losing to Brazil and Peru.
Croatia scored in all five past meetings in the final stage of the mundialya.
For more than 20 years of Croatia's independence, she played with Argentina four times. The most memorable was the fight of the World Cup in 1998, when the "albiseleste" defeated the Croats - 1: 0. In the new millennium, these teams played in a more interesting football. In 2006, Croatia won 3-2, and in 2014 Argentina won in London - 2: 1.
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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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