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France v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France v Argentina- World Cup 2018
France v Argentina Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 30th June - 3.00 p.m France and Argentina went into the World Cup with a fair degree of expectation on their shoulders. That may have diminished as bit as neither of them have looked all that good. Argentina had some massive struggles through their group stage campaign and only made it through to the knockouts with a late goal in their final game. France haven’t delivered any kind of fluency and they found themselves under pressure in their group. Our prediction for the Argentina v France game is a tight duel.

France News and Form

France have yet to produce a good performance at the 2018 World Cup, but they have managed to get the jobs in front of them done. They won Group C with seven points but it wasn’t all that easy along the way. They were challenged by Australia in their opening game and it looked as if the Socceroos were going to hold out for a draw until a massive deflected own goal sunk them late on. Then Peru had France on the back foot and totally deserved a draw against the Europeans. France then played out a 0-0 draw with Denmark in their final match, a result that both looked happy enough to settle with from kick-off as it sent them both through to the next round. With one goal margin wins over Australia and Peru, a France to win by 1 goal option at bet365 is at 13/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.). Antoine Griezmann hasn’t quite been in the thick of things as expected and has just one converted penalty to his name which was against Australia. The French have not looked all that sharp in the final third really. The knockout stage will see teams tighten up a bit and take lesser risks because of having no safety net and under 2.5 goals for 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) makes for one of our top France v Argentina predictions. France are W4 D2 in their last six games and have only suffered the one defeat in their last fourteen played which is an impressive run. But they just haven’t been playing well and haven’t clicked into anywhere near top gear at Russia 2018. The positive is, is that could still happen and winning when not playing well is never a bad thing. Both teams have scored in all but three of France’s last nine games, so they have had defensive lapses. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Argentina News and Form

While France haven’t been great, Argentina have been far worse. They were almost packing their bags until Marcos Rojo popped up in the 86th minute of their final group stage game against Nigeria to give the South Americans a 2-1 win. That strike sent them through by the skin of their teeth at the expense of the Nigerians who just needed to hold out for the draw. Argentina were struggling from the start of this campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland and then they produced a shocker as they were torn apart in a 3-0 loss against Croatia. Despite all of that, the Alblicesete managed to find a way through. There are clear and present problems with the team, namely they have nothing going for them in the middle of the park, neither in defensive strengths or creativity and their back line is shaky at best. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.) has to be worth a look considering they haven’t taken a clean sheet yet. Lionel Messi, after missing a spot-kick against Iceland, got his first goal of the tournament as he struck against Nigeria. They are going to need more and more from him. Argentina are W3 D1 L2 in their last six games and so have not looked reliable and are a huge risk for punters. They have picked up just one clean sheet in their last six games, which was in a friendly victory over Haiti just before the World Cup. You can look at Argentina and find positives though because they have scored at least two goals in five of their last seven games but at this tournament they have had huge stage fright. They aren’t likely to get the better of France in midfield that’s for sure. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.). Will their survival act have pulled them together for better things?

France v Argentina Head to Head

France and Argentina will be meeting for the first time. France v Argentina World Cup 2018 Infographic

France v Argentina Betting Odds*

France 13/10 Draw 21/10 Argentina 27/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 27th, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.)

France v Argentina Predictions

There is not likely going to be too much to split these two but we see the difference being made in the midfield area. France are much stronger there of the two and that is where they can get enough control in this game to take a win. For our France v Argentina prediction we are looking at France to squeeze through by a one-goal margin.    

Nigeria v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Nigeria- World Cup 2018
Nigeria v Argentina Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June -3.00 p.m Argentina have been beaten up in this World Cup and yet they are still not out of the running to reach the knockout phase. A win would move them up into second place only if Iceland failed to beat Croatia. After Croatia destroyed Argentina that is going to be a tough game for the Icelanders to win, so there is still a big window of opportunity here for Argentina. It would certainly be some massive drama if they got three points here and actually for our Nigeria v Argentina prediction we are siding with the South Americans.

Nigeria News and Form

The Super Eagles have played themselves into a good position following there are 2-0 win over Iceland. Ahmed Musa got both goals in that win and therefore he is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. This is a huge game for Nigeria as they will know that a victory over the South Americans will guarantee them a place in the round of 16. The draw would probably be enough to get them through as well. Nigeria are not a side who are carrying any kind of form whatsoever and that success over Iceland snapped a five-match sequence of four defeats and a draw that the Super Eagles were on. Ironically with Nigeria beating Iceland that actually helped Argentina in their chances of qualifying, so in a roundabout way that has put pressure on the Super Eagles. Despite pulling out a good second half performance against Iceland by and large Nigeria have looked pretty poor at this tournament and we are having a hard time seeing them have much of an impact in this game at all despite the huge prize that is within sight. Both teams not to score is at 10/11 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). The Africans have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures. In their victory over Iceland it was the first time they have managed more than one goal in a game since beating Argentina 4-2 back in November last year. They had conceded in eight straight fixtures before they collected the clean sheet against Iceland. The draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria here as long as Iceland don’t beat Croatia by a healthy goal margin. This is a game where it may just be about the Africans hanging on and avoiding defeat because they will know that at least that keeps Argentina behind them. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Argentina News and Form

Argentina ’s qualification hopes were kept alive by Nigeria beating Iceland. It has been a terrible tournament for the Albiceleste some far though, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland before losing heavily 3-0 against Croatia. That is just about as bad of a performance as you would ever see from the South Americans. Despite all of that they are still alive and a win in this fixture, coupled with Iceland losing against Croatia would see them squeeze through to the knockout phase. If Iceland were to win then Argentina would have to take victory by two more goals than what Iceland win their game by. Argentina have not looked a great side and in the bet365 correct score market an Argentina 1-0 result is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). As a draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria the impetus will be on the South Americans come out and attack. Argentina have lost three of their last six games (W2 D1) and you could see their heads drop as Croatia powered their way past them. The Albiceleste have been really poor in the middle of the park and they have offered no service for Lionel Messi, who has had to come deep looking for the ball in both of their games so far. Argentina needs something special from their star man in this one and Messi is a 4/6 anytime goalscorer option for this game* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). Argentina were on a seven-match scoring streak before their loss against Croatia, scoring at least two goals in four of the games in that sequence. Can they avoid embarrassment in this crucial Group D qualification match? This is likely to be a tight affair and under 2.5 goals is at even money with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.).

Nigeria v Argentina Head to Head

There have been eight previous matches between these two nations and Argentina are 5-2 ahead from those meetings. The last four games between have all been very high-scoring affairs, producing at least four goals in each fixture. With Argentina playing so poorly so far we don’t expect this one to get to that level. Argentina lost 4-2 against Nigeria in a friendly back in November and from their three previous World Cup meetings, Argentina have won all of them by a one goal margin. Nigeria v Argentina World Cup 2018 Infographic

Nigeria v Argentina Betting Odds*

Argentina 1/2 Draw 15/4 Nigeria 6/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)

Nigeria v Argentina Predictions

It has been dreadful and clueless stuff from Argentina, but they do have those big game match winners and Nigeria are nothing more than an average side. You know that somewhere along the line Argentina are going to get chances in this one and we can see them pulling out by the skin of their teeth, a one goal margin victory. That is our bold Nigeria v Argentina prediction.  

Argentina v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Argentina v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 21st June - 7.00 p.m (Full time: 0:3 - goals: Rebic 53', Modric 80', Raketic 90+1') Argentina are now going to be severely tested. They came up short in their opener against Iceland as they had to settle for a draw and what we saw from the Albiceleste in qualification, was evident in that game. They just lack a serious threat going forward and there are clear vulnerabilities in their defence. Croatia have the chance to go out and rough them up a bit and three points for the Europeans would put them through to the next round of the competition. That’s a huge incentive and our Argentina v Croatia predictions can see value in backing the Europeans.

Argentina News and Form

Argentina are going to feel the pressure of needing to win this fixture. They could only manage that 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opener and against such a well organised defence, Argentina looked to have run out of ideas quickly in how to break them down. They were very static and had no injection of pace unless it was Lionel Messi picking the ball up deep. Messi missed a chance to open his account for the tournament from the penalty spot. Now they have to try and lift themselves for another tough challenge as Croatia will have no problems challenging them. This was always going to be a tight group and now Argentina have a little bit of work to do. Under 2.5 goals for the game is at 13/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) as the Albiceleste don’t look like running riot in front of goal and this should be a really closely fought contest. Lionel Messi didn’t really get much space in which to work against Iceland but the Barcelona man is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for this one. It was Sergio Aguero who got their opener, netting his first ever World Cup goal for his country, but he was barely in the game besides that. Argentina are W2 D2 L1 in their last five games so they aren’t quite on top of their game and one of those two wins happened against Haiti. The two wins in that run of games were both with a clean sheet though, so if they concede they have been prone to not winning games. Croatia will pose a threat and both teams to score in this one is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). They just don’t quite look organised, or if they know just what their best side or their best set up is. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia opened their World Cup account with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria and that was a good start in a tricky fixture. They got their three points and that is three victories that they have collected in their last four games. Croatia will pose a different challenge to Argentina because they will get the ball in the middle of the park whereas Iceland just sat back. That is an area where Croatia will be able to compete strongly. Croatia have scoring threats, notably through Mario Mandzukic who is an 11/4 anytime goalscorer option with Andrej Kramaric at 10/3 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.). Given that Croatia have a bit of a cushion of those three points, a draw in this one wouldn’t be a bad result for them as it would leave them in a good position and a couple of points clear of Argentina. A win for them though will leave them primed to win the group. A Croatia/Draw Double Chance is great value at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Argentina v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting between Argentina and Croatia and the South Americans hold a W2 L1 lead. Their first ever clash was a World Cup fixture when they met in 1998, which is their only previous competitive meeting. Argentina collected a 1-0 win on that occasion. The other two meetings were both settled by a one-goal margin as well.

Argentina v Croatia Betting Odds*

Argentina evens Draw 12/5 Croatia 10/3 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)

Argentina v Croatia Predictions

Argentina, despite all of their talent, looked flat in that opener against Iceland and lacked pace, movement and confidence. Croatia came through a tricky opener successfully and they are going to be value in Argentina v Croatia predictions in backing for a Croatia/Draw Double Chance. They have the chance to make a big statement here.  

Argentina v Iceland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Iceland- World Cup 2018
Argentina v Iceland Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 16th June - 2.00 p.m (Full time: 1:1 - goals: (Full time: 1:1 - goals: AgĂĽero 19' - Finnbogason 23') What a fascinating game this should be from Group D. Here you have Iceland who are making their World Cup debut and who proved at Euro 2016 a team spirit and self-belief alone can get you a long way. Will Argentina, the 2014 runners-up, be able to find a way to break the spirited Europeans? Argentina will be looking for a positive start in what is a potentially tricky group which they are favourites to win.

Argentina News and Form

Punters have not been afraid to oppose Argentina by backing Croatia to win Group D. That has all come about because Argentina failed to produce a very convincing World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. They struggled for goals and they struggled for away form. So it was very impressive stuff from them, but then again they did not look particularly great at the 2014 World Cup but still managed to finish second. The South Americans will be looking for a confident start going to give themselves a good platform to build on in what should be a competitive group with Croatia and Nigeria to come. For our Argentina v Iceland predictions we are taking a look in the bet365 correct score market where an Argentina 1-0 result is at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.).

Argentina v Iceland World Cup 2018 Infographic

That will again be based on their lack of goal output during qualification. So while they are favourites for this game they may not be able to produce a victory by a large margin. Despite the wealth of attacking talent that they do have it’s not very often you see them playing at a high tempo or in full out attack mode. They are able unfortunate enough to be able to rely on the brilliance of Lionel Messi who is the 11/5 odds first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.) at bet365. Argentina’s record since the start of September last year reads W4 D3 L2 those two losses have happened in their last four games. Interestingly one of the defeats at the Albiceleste suffered in that sequence of games was against Nigeria who they will be meeting at the World Cup in the group stage. Anyway, looking at the positive for Argentina the South Americans have scored at least two goals in three of their last four games and are currently on a six-match scoring streak. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Iceland News and Form

Iceland have a tremendous work rate and tremendous team spirit, but will that combine enough to rattle the cage of Argentina? After their huge tremendous success at Euro 2016 and then following that up by winning their World Cup 2018 qualification group over Croatia, it hasn’t installed much belief with punters that they are going to have a huge impact in their World Cup debut. They are rank outsiders in Group D and that is a pretty fair assessment given that the form of Iceland hasn’t been great in their buildup. So for Argentina v Iceland predictions, the Europeans are not going to have a tremendous amount of appeal to produce a shock victory. Iceland have produced only a W1 D2 L4 record in their last seven games and surprisingly they have been badly exposed in defence during a sequence. In each of their last four games Iceland have conceded at least two goals and in three of those four games, Iceland conceded exactly 3 goals. So their defence looks there for the taking at the moment and that is going to be problematic for them in trying to keep Argentina’s attack quiet. Iceland have scored in all but one of their last nine games and you are looking at 6/4 odds on the bet365 both teams to score option* (betting odds taken on June 11, 2018, at 7:20 p.m.). As another of our Argentina v Iceland predictions, it may be worth looking over 2.5 goals as a long shot alternative, and that is because three of Argentina’s last four games and each of Iceland’s last four, have all made it above the 2.5 goal line.

Argentina v Iceland Head to Head

The two nations will be breaking new ground in this fixture as they have never met before.

Argentina v Iceland Betting Odds*

Argentina 1/3 Draw 7/2 Iceland 10/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 12th, 2018 at 8:29 p.m.)

Argentina v Iceland Predictions

Argentina may well find Iceland a tricky and unusual opponent to have to deal with, and the Albiceleste weren’t all that great through qualification. But they do have the individual talent there to handle themselves and it is worth backing the South Americans to come through this test with a victory but consider the draw/Argentina half-time/ full-time option.