Argentina’s World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia is the seventh meeting between the pair. So far, there has been nothing to split the two nations, each securing two wins and a draw. However, the Europeans were victorious last time out, dishing out a 3-0 thrashing at the 2018 World Cup.
Since losing against Saudi Arabia in their opening game, Argentina have responded in style. After topping their group, they defeated Australia 3-1 before a penalty shootout win against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Lionel Messi has been the star of the show for La Albiceleste, netting four goals and providing two assists, and as a result, he is among the favourites in our Golden Boot Betting. With ten yellows to their name, the South Americans are the most carded team left in the tournament, and they are without the suspended Marcos Acuña for this one.
Croatia find themselves in the last four for the second successive World Cup. Zlatko Dalić’s men caused a major upset in the quarter-finals, defeating pre-tournament favourites Brazil on penalties after netting a 117th-minute equaliser. They are now dreaming of a second final in a row, and to do that they need their defence to remain on top form. The Croats have conceded just three goals in the tournament, with goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic key to that success – he made ten saves against Brazil and saved penalties in both of their shootout victories.
Argentina have never lost a World Cup semi-final match. Can they extend that record with a victory in Lusail? Bet on Argentina v Croatia at the 2022 World Cup on the BetVictor Sportsbook.