Argentina vs. Croatia
You are always a step ahead when you have Lionel Messi in your team. Argentina’s prodigal son, and their best player after Diego Maradona will be desperate to get his hand on the elusive World Cup. Argentina missed out by the narrowest of margins when Gotze struck home Germany to their 4th World Cup. Messi and co. were reduced to tears. Messi will have his shot at redemption, but they have quite a group to qualify from. Nigeria and Iceland are the grittiest of teams, and then comes Croatia, a team full of technical midfielders. The World’s best midfielder right now, Luka Modric will don the armband and will be ably supported by Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic. Perisic and Pjaca will be there to bomb down the wings. Kovacic may not be a starter, but his ball carrying abilities are next to none.
Argentina has their own team of superstars with Dybala, Higuain, Aguero, Banega, and Mascherano; all World Cup veterans. This game will be full of midfield dominance, and Croatia can top the group if they can stop Lionel Messi.