Free World Cup Pick: Argentina vs Croatia
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Argentina vs. Croatia
Date: Thursday, June 21st
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: Argentina +100, Croatia +315, Draw +235
World Cup Spread Betting Odds: Argentina -1/2 (+100)
World Cup Betting Total: 2
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Coming into the tournament these were the teams that most experts had pegged to move on from the group stage. Croatia held up their end of the bargain winning 2-0 over Nigeria but Argentina drew against Iceland putting a little more pressure on them for this tilt. What that will mean in terms of their play remains to be seen. They still have one of he best players on the planet in Messi and that could be the difference.
There is no doubt that Argentina led play in their opening match against Iceland. The game pretty much played to form except for the part where Argentina only found the back of the net just once. Sometimes that is just the way it goes. I know some want to write them off but it seems a little premature at this points.
For Lionel Messi you can make two arguments. The first is that he does not really have anything left to prove, the other is that without World Cup success he will never really be one of the greatest. He had some very near misses against Iceland and you have to wonder if he might have been pressing after seeing how rival Cristiano Ronaldo put his nation on his back with a hat trick in Portugal’s opener.
Croatia might have got the 2-0 win but it would have been a different kind of a game if they had not benefitted from an own goal in the first half. Having the lead enabled them to play a more patient style that ultimately led to a strike from Luka Modric that put the game away. They will have to be better to beat Argentina.
If you read the reports after the match a lot of it is focused on how Nigeria lost the match instead of Croatia winning it. It seems fair but at the same time there was not much doubt that that the Croatians are the better side. That will be tested in this matchup for sure. Argentina has a much better attack than Nigeria and Croaia is not know for being super organized on defense.
It was good for Modric to get on the board in the opener. There is a lot of pressure on each club’s top player and getting a goal means he can take a deep breath and just play. If they are going to get a second victory though they may need for one of the two Ivans, Perisic or Rakitic to balance the scoring. They can be in this one for sure.
Free Argentina vs. Croatia World Cup Prediction:
The disappointing result from their first game increased the value on Argentina in this spot. You can now get them at even money whereas they were -110 or -115 beforehand. Alternatively if you had Croatia circled for an upset you are not going to win as much. Still a good payoff though at better than 3/1.
The values have not really changes and I am still bullish on Argentina to not only win the group but go well beyond that. As such I am seeing this is as a buying opportunity and taking Argentina on the moneyline. I don’t think we will have to sweat the result either.
4* Free World Cup Betting Pick: Argentina to win
I am looking for Messi to get off and for Argentina to win. I think they will get an early goal and then force the Croatian side to chase a little bit. Once the game opens up look for Argentina to score again and thenplay even with Croatia through the final whistle. They will look like a team that could win the event.
World Cup Free Score Prediction: Argentina 3 – Croatia 1
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