Argentina goes head to head with Croatia in the most interesting game from Group D of the FIFA World Cup.
Argentina goes head to head with Croatia in the most interesting game from Group D of the FIFA World Cup. This match is going to be played on Thursday night at the Stadion Nizhny Novgorod. Here are our winning soccer predictions for this clash.
Argentina are a team with a lot of problems right now. Albiceleste started the World Cup in a really unconvincing way, making a 1-1 draw against Iceland in their first game. Sergio Aguero scored the only goal for Argentina in the game, but it was not enough for his team to win. The most shocking moment in the match came after the halftime break, when Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick for his team.
Messi’s play in general was not successful against the Vikings. Iceland didn’t let him any free spaces to operate in. Messi tried his luck with long distance shots a few times, but without success.
Now everyone expects to see some changes in Argentina’s squad for this game. The manager Jorge Sampaoli do not have any other choice, but to make some adjustments. Some even think that he could change his team’s formation. Against Iceland Argentina played with a classical 4-4-2, but in the next game we could see the South American team in a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-3 formation. The 4-4-2 against Iceland clearly didn’t work very well. Argentina were predictable and weak in attack, while in midfield they have a lot of problems to do something creative.
Croatia didn’t have problems like these in their first game. The Vatreni enjoyed a steady 2-0 win against Nigeria, leading the group after the first round. Etebo from the Nigerian team scored himself an own goal, while Luka Modric from a penalty kick added one more for Croatia. We can’t say that Croatia’s performance against the Super Eagles was particularly impressive, but in the end they did enough to clinch the win. Now they know that a second win against Argentina will mean qualification for the 1/8-finals. That’s some big motivation before the second round.
Lionel Messi is the man who must lead Argentina in a better direction. Barcelona’s star is the captain of the team and Albiceleste’s greatest player since Diego Maradona. Messi is often criticized for his lack of trophies with Argentina, so you can be sure that he wants to win the World Cup. Especially after losing the final against Germany four years ago. But for Argentina it would be extremely difficult to do it, if they continue to show what they showed against Iceland in the first game.
Now for Albiceleste it’s going to be even more difficult. Croatia have an incredibly talented team, filled with world class players. The Balkan team is good enough to beat anyone and they’d want to show it against Leo Messi’s Argentina. Especially when they know that a win against them would mean reaching the knockout phase of the competition.
Are we going to see a different and more better Argentina against Croatia? This is the big question here. Now it all depends on what Jorge Sampaoli is going to do. The former Chile manager understands the situation and he knows that his team have a lot of faults and weak points. The bad thing for him is that he doesn’t have much time to make improvements. It must happen now, because nobody is going to wait for him doing it.
These are our winning soccer predictions for the World Cup game between Argentina and Croatia. We wish you good luck!