Argentina vs Croatia 13.12.2022
Argentina thought their semi-final berth was confirmed when they took a 2-0 lead against the Netherlands with 17 minutes remaining on the clock. However, a late rally by the Dutch led by substitute Wout Weghorst saw them equalize to take the game to extra time and penalties. Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved 2 spot kicks to help Argentina win the shootout to qualify for this semi-final tie. Lionel Messi had a goal and assist during the game and also scored in the penalty shootout.
Croatia showed great resilience in containing an attacking Brazilian side that was touted as favorites to win the tournament. After a barren draw in regular time, Croatia fell behind to a Neymar goal in extra time, but still managed to fight back and equalize to take the game to penalties where they prevailed. Croatia’s goalkeeper saved two penalties in the shootout and is likely to be instrumental to their success in this game again.
A highly tactical game awaits us in this fixture. It could be the last World Cup played by Lionel Messi and Luka Modric, who are the main playmakers on opposite sides. Both teams are patient in their build-up and somehow know how to get the job done even when things look tough. Thus, we expect the game to have a slow, cautious start from both sides before things come alive with time. This means that we are likely to see more goals in the 2nd half.
Main tip: Most Goals – 2nd Half (go to tip details)
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Head-to-Head stats Argentina vs Croatia
We look at the last 3 meetings between these teams;
- Argentina won 1 game, Croatia won 2 games, there were no draws
- These matches scored an average of 3.67 goals per match
- The last time they met Croatia won 3-0
Latest results Argentina
- 3 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in their last 5 matches
- 9 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.80 goals per match
- They drew 2-2 with Netherlands before winning on penalties in their last match
Latest results Croatia
- 1 win and 4 draws in their last 5 matches
- 6 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.20 goals per match
- They drew 1-1 with Brazil before winning on penalties in their last match
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Path to World Cup 2022 Semi-final and Latest Results
Argentina: World Cup Grp C – rank 1st – 3 matches – 2 wins – 0 draw – 1 loss – 6 points
Round of 16: Argentina 2 – Australia 1
Quarter-final: Argentina 2 – Netherlands 2 (Won 4-3 on post-match penalties)
Form Guide (most recent first): D-W-W-W-L
Croatia: World Cup Grp f – rank 2nd – 3 matches – 1 win – 2 draws – 0 loss – 5 points
Round of 16: Croatia 1 – Japan 1 (Won 3-1 on post-match penalties)
Quarter-final: Croatia 1 – Brazil 1 AET (Won 4-2 on post-match penalties)
Form Guide (most recent first): D-D-D-W-D
Possible squad Argentina
Argentina: E. Martinez; Romero, Otamendi, L. Martinez; Molina, de Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Tagliafico; Messi, Alvarez
Out: Acuna (Suspension), Montiel (Suspension)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Possible squad Croatia
Croatia: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic
Coach: Zlatko Dalić
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Our tip(s) and odds in detail
According to the statistics above and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following:
1) Bet on Most Goals – 2nd Half
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The odd of 2.05 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 49% chance that the 2nd half of this game will have more goals scored than the 1st half.
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2) Bet on Over 3.5 Bookings
- Argentina got 9 bookings in their last match
- There were 5 bookings in Croatia’s last match against Brazil
Odds for this bet
10Bet offers competitive odds for “Over 3.5 Bookings”
The odd of 1.62 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 62% chance that there will be at least 4 total bookings in this game.
Odds comparisons for Over 3.5 Bookings
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