Argentina vs Croatia odds and prediction: who is the favourite to win the World Cup semi-final?
Argentina and Croatia meet in the first World Cup semi-final on Tuesday and we take a look at the favourite to win.
Argentina face Croatia for a place in the 2022 World Cup final on Sunday 18 December, but who is the favourite to progress to the final?
The winner of Argentina-Croatia will play France or Morocco, who go head-to-head on Wednesday.
Argentina vs Croatia: match odds
The bookmakers are backing Argentina to beat Croatia. An Argentina win is priced at -110, while Croatia are valued at +375. A draw is priced at +240.
Possible Argentina XI vs Croatia:
Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Di María, De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez.
Possible Croatia XI vs Argentina:
Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.
When does Argentina vs Croatia get underway?
The match between Argentina and Croatia starts on Tuesday 13 December 2022 at 2pm ET. That’s 11am PT. It will take place at the Lusail Stadium.
Argentina vs Croatia: prediction
Croatia have won their last two World Cup matches on penalties, beating Japan and favourites Brazil thanks to the brilliance of goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
Argentina also got over the line from the penalty spot, when they defeated the Netherlands in a breathtaking clash on Friday.
You can only admire what Croatia have done in recent years. They reached the 2018 final before losing to Didier Deschamps’ France side, who could also reach this year’s final. Croatia will be confident of advancing to another final after beating Brazil but will have to deal with the enormous threat of Lionel Messi.
Messi, who has scored four World Cup goals in Qatar, could be the difference on the day, as he aims to win the World Cup for the first time. He was inspired by Louis van Gaal’s pre-match comments in the quarter-final clash with the Netherlands and showed exactly why you should never doubt him.
Argentina, supported by a large Argentinian contingent in Qatar, should prevail in this one, despite the brilliance of Luka Modric and Croatia’s fighting spirit.
Prediction: Argentina 2-0 Croatia
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