Group Stage D: ARG vs. CRO
Argentina vs. Croatia June 21, 2018 2:00 PM ET (TV FOX) Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia
After a disappointing opener for Argentina, Lionel Messi and his teammates will seek to rebound and earn a valuable 3 points when they square off against first-place Croatia as both teams prepare for Group Stage D play on Thursday at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium; a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Despite the dominance of Messi’s play in their Group Stage D opener, it was his missed opportunity on a penalty that resulted in a 1-1 draw versus Iceland, a team they were expected to defeat and earn a valuable 3 points. Instead, the Argentinians will be faced with needing a win to stay alive in group play.
Slight favorites against the Croatians according to our best sportsbooks, will Argentina be able to put it all together behind one of the best players in the world in Messi or will they feel the pressure of needing to win against a Croatian team that is coming off an easy 2-0 victory over Nigeria to earn 3 points while putting them in the driver’s seat?
As dominant as Messi is on the field with his magical legs, he will need to get his teammates involved more starting with Sergio Aguero… Argentina’s lone scorer in their opener. A one dimensional attack for the most part behind Messi, Argentina will need to find the holes in Croatia’s disciplined defense.
Happy with playing for the draw, we can expect the Croatians to be cautious on the field as to not give Messi and company any break-away opportunities.
However, when it comes to Croatia, history has not been on their side where they have lost four straight World Cup matches to South American teams, including Argentina.
Will history repeat itself for Croatia or will they find a way to hold off what will be a hungry Argentinian squad and settle for a draw? For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this ARG vs. CRO matchup, MyBookie is favoring Argentina (+109 ML) over Croatia (+281 ML) with an over/under of 2.0 total game goals scored from 5Dimes. Expecting a low scoring affair, I will lay my money and favor the UNDER of 2.0 total game goals scored as my best betting pick in what should be an entertaining game.