World Cup: France Vs Argentina Betting Tips

World Cup: France Vs Argentina Betting Tips

The World Cup knockout stages kick off in some style with the pick of the last sixteen ties as France take on Argentina in Kazan. Whatever the outcome here, one of the two pre-tournament favourites will be joining Germany in making an early exit from the competition and the stakes are simply huge for both teams.

Argentina have already had a huge reprieve. Humiliated by Croatia, the pressure was on as they went into their final group game against Nigeria looking a shadow of the side that reached the Final in Rio four years ago. Rumours of dressing room discontent and the players picking the team surrounded the build-up to the game and it looked for all the world as though Argentina were on course to exit the tournament as they headed into the final ten minutes locked at 1-1. Step forward the unlikely source of Marcos Rojo to volley home on 86 minutes and salvage his team’s World Cup hopes.

They will have to play far better than they did in the groups if they want to go far in this competition but in truth the same could be said of France. Narrow wins over Australia and Peru followed by a thoroughly uninspiring 0-0 draw against Denmark at least saw them win Group C but three below-par showings only add to the mystery here.

Both sides have genuinely world class attacking talents and it could just be a question of who steps up to the plate and delivers on the day. France are the bookies favourites and it’s very hard to see them not breaking down what has looked like an unconvincing Argentine defence. The South Americans have only really come up against one strong side so far and Croatia ripped them open in the Second Half of their game, so the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe will fancy they can cause big problems here.

France had scored in 11 consecutive internationals before the dead rubber against Denmark and certainly have the stronger all-round team on paper. However in the final third, Argentina still have so much quality and as their last game briefly showed, if they can get service to Leo Messi, he can produce. Playing against a more expansive and positive side might just suit Argentina in some respects and should at least allow Messi and whoever starts alongside him, a bit more space to play in. This could be Messi’s last ever game at the World Cup and he will be determined to make an impression.

Contrary to popular belief, Messi has delivered when it matters for his country in recent times. The only reason Argentina are at this World Cup is Messi’s hat-trick in their final qualifier in Ecuador. He opened his account for the tournament with a goal against Nigeria and with 7 goals in his last 7 internationals, backing Messi to score anytime could be worth a punt.

Given the attacking talent on display, backing Both Teams to Score also appeals. Argentina have only failed to score in 1 of their last 9 matches too and even if their team isn’t functioning properly, it’s hard to see them exiting the tournament without putting one or two moments of quality together in the final third.

France Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Hernandez, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

Argentina Predicted Lineup: Armani, Tagliafico, Rojo, Otamendi, Mercado, Di Maria, Banega, Mascherano, Perez, Messi, Higuain
HEAD TO HEAD
The head-to-head is strongly in Argentina’s favour but the sides haven’t met since a friendly in 2009. The South Americans have won both meetings so far this century while the only previous World Cup meetings also produced Argentina wins in 1930 and 1978. (Source)

Zeusbet JUN 30, 2018 1X2 DC O/U 2.5 GG/NG DNB  
ID TIME EVENTS
1 X 2
1X 12 X2
OVER UNDER
GG NG
1 2
 
4098 15:00 France – Argentina
2.42 3.04 3.36
1.35 1.41 1.60
2.63 1.47
2.10 1.66
1.59 2.21
+497

FRANCE VS ARGENTINA STATS
France have lost just 1 of their last 15 internationals.
Both teams have scored in 6 of their last 9 games.
Argentina have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 5 (a friendly vs Haiti).

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