Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
TV: BBC One
Argentina will be kicking themselves for only drawing with Iceland but can make amends by beating Croatia in the second round of World Cup Group D fixtures.
Croatia got off to a solid start when recording a 2-0 win over Nigeria, but that was a poor contest against lifeless opponents.
We expect La Albiceleste to prove a class apart and are snapping up 91/100 for the 2014 runners-up to oblige in our first Argentina vs Croatia prediction.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Sergio Aguero put Argentina in the driving seat against Iceland, but a rather fragile-looking defence was breached four minutes later.
Lionel Messi then fluffed the chance to get the two-time champions back in front when his tame penalty was saved and Our Boys held out for a resilient 1-1 draw.
“We always come to win, so that’s why there is a certain amount of frustration,” said Jorge Sampaoli.
“We came up against a team with a strong defensive structure, lots of people behind the ball, so it stopped us from capitalising on our possession.”
Sampaoli admitted his team had been too slow in possession and said they had failed to attack down the left as planned.
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
Croatia were good value for a 2-0 defeat of Nigeria and should really have prevailed by a more convincing scoreline.
Luka Modric capped off a commanding display in midfield by netting from the penalty spot after the Blazers had benefited from a scrappy own goal.
Several other chances went begging in a dominating display and Modric is hoping to build on that victory.
The Real Madrid ace said: “It was an important win which will boost our confidence for the forthcoming matches.
“I believe that on the wings of this win we will up our game and continue our journey in the way that we planned before coming here.”
We need more evidence before believing in this team, though, as Nigeria were nothing short of dire.
Croatia will feel they have the quality to get in behind an Argentina rearguard which was far from convincing at times versus Iceland.
However, we still prefer 8/1 for the South American side to prevail 2-1 in our Argentina vs Croatia betting tips.
ARGENTINA 1-1 Iceland – Aguero
CROATIA 2-0 Nigeria – Etebo (og), Modric (pen)
Head-to-head: Argentina 2-1 Croatia, Croatia 3-2 Argentina, Argentina 1-0 Croatia, Croatia 0-0 Argentina