Argentina v Croatia Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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With Sampaoli's men still struggling for an identity, Al Hain-Cole expects goals at both ends when La Albiceleste meet the Vatreni in Nizhny Novgorod

After being held to a disappointing draw by Iceland in their opening clash, Argentina will be desperate for victory when they take on Croatia at the Stadion Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.

Jorge Sampaoli's side were frustrated by the World Cup's smallest nation last week, with Lionel Messi having a penalty saved in the second half.

Latest Odds

Having run out 1-0 winners when the sides previously met at the World Cup back in 1998, they are available at 11/10 (2.10) with dabblebet to get up and running in Russia with a victory here.

Meanwhile, the Vatreni are in a strong position after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria in their first match, and are priced at 14/5 (3.80) to seal their place in the last 16 with a shock win in this one.

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Four of La Albiceleste's last five World Cup matches have now resulted in draws after 90 minutes, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them being held to another frustrating stalemate.

Team News

Sampaoli is expected to completely overhaul the team from the Iceland draw, with Marcos Acuna, Enzo Perez, Cristian Pavon and Gabriel Mercado set to replace Angel Di Maria, Maximiliano Meza, Lucas Biglia and Marcos Rojo in a rejigged formation.

Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from Zlatko Dalic's squad, having refused to come on an a substitute against Nigeria due to a back problem.

Disorganised Albiceleste

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Having taken over during the latter stages of an unconvincing qualification campaign, Sampaoli is still struggling to impose an identity on the team.

This was all too evident at both ends of the pitch in a disjointed performance against Iceland, and is not likely to be easily solved by a much-changed formation and line-up in this game.

While the star-studded attack should still have enough to create some joy at one end, the reshuffled defence will surely struggle to keep Croatia at bay.


All in all, odds of 19/20 (1.95) are surely worth backing on an unconvincing Argentina team ensuring goals at both ends for the second game in a row.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both teams to score at 19/20 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet

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