Croatia to expose Argentinian flaws

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Croatia were ruthlessly efficient in their opening World Cup game and there is no reason they cannot make it two wins from two against a lacklustre Argentina side.

Croatia to win @ 29/10

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etobo and a Luka Modric penalty saw the Vatreni to an easy victory in Kaliningrad and they will be looking to build on that form 1,700km east in Nizhny Novgorod.

Argentina were sluggish in drawing 1-1 with Iceland and Jorge Sampaoli is expected to ring the changes.

Even so, there is no getting away from the fact this is an unbalanced Albiceleste unit and even with Lionel Messi, a place in the last 16 is by no means a formality.

Things could get worse tonight and I’m backing Zlatko Dalic’s men to produce the World Cup win their talent deserves.

Speaking of sluggish, that was certainly what France were in their opening 2-1 win over Australia and Peru will provide just as tough a test in Yekaterinburg.

The South Americans were unlucky not to get more from their first World Cup game since 1982 as they went down 1-0 to Denmark and their preference for counter-attacking could make life tough for Les Bleus.

Didier Deschamps is expected to toy with the idea of adding Olivier Giroud to his frontline, but his defence also left questions unanswered against the Socceroos.

France to win and both to score @ 29/10

Expect goals at both ends, but the French look too good not to seal a second win in as many games.

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