After a shock result against Iceland, I’m expecting Argentina to bounce back. It was a surprisingly off day for Messi. They never took their chances but with all their experience I expect them to win this game. Croatia had a good win against Nigeria and have put themselves in a good position to qualify. Their midfield is very strong with Modric the heartbeat. A point would be excellent for Croatia but I'm going for an Argentina win 2- 1.
Wow, Argentina is in hard situation. Messi haven't scored a penalty in a game against Iceland, so Argentina didn't win. Croatia, on the other hand, not easily but with confidence beat Nigeria and now they are just don't want to loose, also Iceland have shown to all how you should play against Messi and Croatia main stars Modric and Rakitic could easily play against Messi personally. That will be a difficult game for Leo an his team as they struggle to create a lot of moments against teams like Croatia who is organized, patient and know how to play against their main man. We'll see how Messi will overcome this and how his team will help him with this difficult task, but I believe in them. Let's bet on Argentina win. Your thoughts?
Croatia is a team with some talented, experienced players that play in the best clubs in the world. I don’t think in the past years they had enough evolution for the next generation but they still have a group of players especially in that midfield, players that are the best in the world. Argentina is Argentina but I think Croatia has a team capable to give them a difficult match.
We've seen that Messi didn't score a penalty against Iceland, so in this match he must to get good result for his team. Croatia have won their first game and played very good, so they will be a tough opponent for Argentina as they could afford themselves a draw. BTTS will be a good bet in this one, but as always let's bet that Messi will score anytime - yes.
You do not expect to see Lionel Messi miss a penalty but, on top of that, they could not get past Iceland's massed defence on Saturday.
I think that game was a little bit of a wake-up call for them, I also think they will have more joy against Croatia, who are not going to pack their defence in the same way.
Croatia won their opening game easily enough, although I thought Nigeria were pretty average against them.
Like Argentina, Croatia's strength is going forward, and they have quality in midfield too. That's why I am expecting a more open game - and I am also expecting Argentina to win.
Source: BBC Sports