The match between Argentina and Croatia that will decide who advances to the final of the World Cup 2022 will take place at the Iconic Stadium in Lusail on Tuesday, December 13, at 8:00 p.m. local time. Let’s begin with the “Albiceleste”, who advanced to the semifinals after defeating Netherland in the quarterfinals in a very tight contest that didn’t come to a conclusion until penalty kicks were used. Even though the Dutch had pushed Leo Messi and his teammates to their limits in regulation minutes, they were able to maintain their composure from the penalty spot and win the match, advancing them to the World Cup semifinals, a round in which they have always had good luck.
After losing to Saudi Arabia in their first game, Lionel Scaloni’s team did a great job of coming back. They now have a great chance to play in the final act of the world cup, which they didn’t get to do in Brazil in 2014.
On the other hand, thanks to Luka Modric, Croatia is consistently ranked among the greatest teams competing in the World Cup. Following the edition that took place in Russia in 2018, the Croatian team will now attempt to compete for the title once more; nevertheless, beating Argentina will not be an easy task. In the meantime, Dalic’s players were successful in eliminating Neymar and Brazil from the tournament by imposing themselves on penalties, exactly like they had done in the round of 16 match against Japan.
Argentina has been getting ready for this match since their World Cup match with the Netherlands ended in a 2-2 tie.
During that match, Argentina held 47% of the possession and had 11 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots hitting the target. The Netherlands had a total of six shots on goal, only two of which were successful. The game went to penalties, where Argentina emerged victorious with a 4-3 score.
Argentina has not been able to stop scoring goals, as evidenced by the fact that they have scored in each of their last six matches that they have participated in.
During that time period, they have scored a total of 14 goals while only allowing 5 goals to be scored against them.
The most recent encounter that Croatia played in was a World Cup match against Brazil, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
During that match, Croatia held a 50% possession advantage and had 8 shots on goal, with only one of them finding the back of the net. On the other end of the field, Brazil attempted 19 shots on goal, 10 of which were successful in hitting the target. In a nail-biting penalty shootout, Croatia emerged victorious with a 4-2 victory.
In the five of the previous six matches that Croatia has participated in, the difference in the total number of goals scored by both sides has been rather modest. The overall average number of goals scored per game throughout that time period comes out to be just 1.67, whereas the average number of goals scored by Vatreni is 1.17.
Argentina vs Croatia Predicted XI
Argentina Predicted XI: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, Mac Allister, Fernandez, De Paul, Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez.
Croatia Predicted XI: Livakovic, Juranovic, Gvardiol, Lovren, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.
We think that Croatia could score against this Argentina team, but we assume that this won’t be enough to keep Croatia from losing.
The final score should be 2-1 in favor of Argentina, according to our predictions