Lionel Messi-led Argentina are just one step away from a World Cup final as they lock horns with an irresistible Croatia side in a crucial semi-final fixture at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.
The Croatians have been superb in crunch moments and were at their best on their last round when they ousted Brazil on penalties. On the other hand, Argentina have rallied superbly after their opening-day defeat against Saudi Arabia.
FIFA World Cup Argentina vs Croatia Football Teams News
Argentina Football Team News
For this match, the likes of Albiceleste, Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna, are suspended from this game since they have accumulated yellow cards. However, Alejandro Gomez, who had sprained his ankle and missed the last match should be back fit and firing. Also, Argentina will be bolstered with the addition of Angel di Maria and Rodrigo de Paul.
Croatia Football Team News
Croatia do not have any visible injury or fitness concerns for this match against Argentina. Both Borna Sosa and Mislav Orsic have recovered from their respective injuries and are fit to start this game.
Qatar FIFA WC Semifinal Argentina vs Croatia Predicted Starting XI
Argentina Predicted Starting XI
E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister, Di Maria, Messi (C), Alvarez
Croatia Predicted Starting XI
Livakovic; Juranovic, Gvardiol, Lovren, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic
World Cup Argentina vs Croatia Head-to-Head and Key numbers
- Argentina and Croatia have locked horns on five occasions and the results are fairly even – both sides have won two games respectively.
- The last time these two sides met was back in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup where Croatia won the game 2-0.
- If Argentina make it to the final, it will be their sixth appearance in the summit clash. Only Germany has a better record with eight final appearances.
Argentina vs Croatia Fantasy Football Team
Defenders: Molina, Romero, Gvardiol, Sosa
Midfielders: De Paul, Modric (VC), Kovacic
Forwards: Messi (C), Alvarez, Perisic
Argentina vs Croatia FIFA World Cup Semi Final Match Details
Kick-off date: Wednesday, December 14
Kick-off time: 12.30 AM IST
Venue: Lusail Stadium
Argentina vs Croatia Live Streaming in India
Live Telecast: Sports18 SD/HD
Live streaming: JioCinema (App & Website)
Argentina vs Croatia Match Prediction
Argentina have been on fire after their loss against Saudi Arabia in the first match of the tournament. They have the depth and skills in their squad to go all the way this tournament. However, Croatia have troubled them in the past and the side will be enthused after their win over Brazil.
However, considering the quality of players on both sides, Argentina should win this match 2-0.