Down to just four teams, the FIFA World Cup heats up further in the semifinals as a handful of teams remain vying for the 2022 crown.
All remaining teams have proven battle tested. Betting favorites Brazil are no longer in the mix, ousted by Croatia in a penalty shootout.
Their CONMEBOL rivals Argentina, however are still kicking. Lionel Messi and company have taken their lumps this tournament, but thus far have survived to remain alive in the field of four.
Two quarterfinals remain, as three European teams in Portugal, England, and France will take the field hoping to earn a spot, while Morocco hope to become the first African nation to ever reach the semifinals at a FIFA World Cup.
Below are the odds for the confirmed semifinal matchups at the 2022 World Cup, and how we see these matches playing out on the field.
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Argentina vs. Croatia prediction, odds
Argentina survived 12 rounds of heavyweight boxing against the Netherlands, unlike their CONMEBOL rivals Brazil, who bowed out at the hands of Croatia.
Lionel Messi produced a magical moment early, but the Netherlands scored twice in the final 10 minutes to force extra-time and penalties. Still, Messi advanced after shootout heroics from goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
They’ll face Croatia who are also led by an elder statesman in Luka Modric. Their midfield dominated the quarterfinal against Brazil, and a 117th minute goal earned a chance in the penalty shootout. There, goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic shined again as Croatia moved on and the betting favorites dropped out.
Argentina vs. Croatia odds
to score Y / N
|+125 / -185||2.20 / 1.53||11/8, 8/15||5/4, 3/5|
|Over / Under
|+145 / -210||2.46 / 1.49||13/8, 4/9||6/4, 1/2|
Note: Odds above for 90 minutes of regulation except “to advance.”
Argentina vs. Croatia prediction
- Prediction: Croatia 0-0 Argentina (Argentina advance on penalties)
After the way Croatia played against Brazil, it’s hard to see why they can’t muster the same performance against a similar opponent in Argentina.
Croatia’s midfield played defense via possession against Brazil, with Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric, and Mateo Kovacic producing a masterclass. That would be a winning formula against Argentina as well as they hope to cut off the line-breaking passes that Argentina love to deliver.
Croatia have managed to reach extra-time in five of their last six World Cup knockout matches, only failing to do so in the 4-2 defeat to France in the 2018 final. Argentina do not look inspired in the final third, and seeing as they’ll miss a few players due to yellow card suspensions, Croatia could do the business again here with a pragmatic performance.