Predictions Argentina vs Croatia – World Cup semi-final

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Argentina vs Croatia| World Cup

13.12.2022 19:00

Prediction: 2-1

For the sixth time in their history and the third time in a World Cup, Argentina and Croatia will face each other. The stakes are very high because at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, the two teams will compete for a place in the very final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Both teams are coming back from semi-final matches that ended in penalties. Argentina beat the Netherlands, and Croatia beat a surprise team. Brazil was thought to be the favorite to win the title.

Following their respective penalty shootout victories, both teams are buzzing with excitement. Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia, the reigning runners-up in the world, are the only team of the two teams still undefeated in this edition of the World Cup, given that Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina, on the other hand, was knocked out surprisingly in the debut against Saudi Arabia. The Argentinians were unable to dominate the Netherlands even though they had control of the game, and at the end of the 120-minute match, ball possession was only 47%. Messi and his teammates have tried to score on 11 occasions, but only 4 times have they put the ball in the back of the net. As mentioned, Croatia seemed to be the “killer” of Brazil, and instead, the defensive distractions cost the Seleçao dearly. The Croatian ball possession was on par with the Brazilian one, at 50%, while there were just 8 shots, of which one went into goalkeeper Allison’s net.

  • The head-to-head balance tells us that the two teams recorded 2 wins each and 1 draw.
  • It will be their third meeting at the World Cup after Argentina won 1-0 in 1998 and Croatia 3-0 in 2018.
  • Croatia is unbeaten in this edition of the World Cup, where they drew (in 90 minutes) 4 out of 5 games.
  • Argentina is coming off 4 positive results in this World Cup, and in each of these matches, they have scored at least 2 goals.
  • Argentina has scored at least one goal in each of the World Cup’s five games.
  • Argentina have scored at least 1 goal in each of their last 14 games played across all competitions.
  • Argentina scored the 1st goal of the match in their last 10 games in all competitions.