Argentina and Croatia measure their strength in a meeting for this phase of the World Cup. There is only one recent direct showdown between these two teams, on 12-11-2014, which ended with Argentina's 2-1 win.
Analysis of Argentina
The team dispute the second game in Group D, having tied for (1-1) in their first game, against Iceland. In the last 10 matches, Argentina has recorded 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. His attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 4 times and only got 1 turnaround. In the last 20 matches for all competitions there has been 1 period that stands out: suffered 9 of his 23 goals between the minutes (46'-60 ').
Argentina were one of the great disappointments of the opening day of the group stage of the World Cup, alongside Germany and Brazil, as they drew a draw against modest Iceland. Still, it is important to emphasize that the Icelanders deserved a positive result since they showed great defensive solidity. In this match against Croatia, the most complicated opponent of the group, coach Jorge Sampaoli should risk in the 4-2-3-1 privileging possession of the ball and organized attacks. Agüero is one of the great highlights of Argentina, having made the only goal of the team in the last game. For this second game the Argentine coach is expected to make some changes compared to the Iceland game, such as Giovani Lo Celso, a player who had been betting in the games that preceded the World Cup.
Eleven headline confirmed: W. Caballero, G. Mercado, N. Otamendi, N. Tagliafico, J. Mascherano, E. Salvio, M. Meza, M. Acuña, E. Pérez, S. Agüero, L. Messi.
Analysis of Croatia
The team arrives in this day's Group 2 after a victory in their debut in this group stage, against Nigeria, by (2-0). In the last 10 games Croatia won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3. In 15 games, only managed 1 turnaround in 6 games in which they conceded the first goal. There have been 1 period in the last 20 games played for all competitions: they suffered 6 of their 14 goals in the minutes (76'-90 ').
Croatia are on their way to this motivated match after having won 2-0 in Nigeria in a relaxed way, meaning they were the only team to win in their group: goals were scored by Modric and Etebo (self-goal) . In the event of a draw against Argentina, the Croatians are well positioned to advance in this competition. On this second day, coach Zlatko Dalic should play in 4-2-3-1, but with a more cautious strategy, since the opponent holds great individual values. Still, Croatia must dominate the possession of the ball at some points in the match: Modric is responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. In comparison with the previous eleven, some changes of the Croatian selector are expected, as for example the average Kovacic, player who offers more balance in the half field of the equipment.
Eleven headline confirmed: D. Subašić, D. Lovren, Š. Vrsaljko, D. Vida, I. Strinić, L. Modrić, I. Perišić, M. Brozović, I. Rakitić, M. Mandžukić, A. Rebić.