France vs Argentina betting tips: World Cup
match preview & predictions
France vs Argentina prediction: France 1-2 Argentina
Although France were among the pre-tournament favourites, this has been a World Cup of upsets and I fancy Argentina to continue that trend.
They’ll need their main man Leo Messi to be at his best if they are to pull off a shock victory.
France vs Argentina: Who will win?
Unsurprisingly, France are 11/8 favourites to win the match in normal time, and 4/6 to qualify.
Argentina are 13/5 to win the match and 11/10 to progress to the quarter-finals.
Although the French are favourites, Lionel Messi is 4/1 favourite to score the opening goal of the game
France vs Argentina match preview
France take on Argentina at the Kazan Arena on Saturday in the first knockout match of the 2018 World Cup.France progressed to the last 16 as winners of Group C, finishing on 7 points from their three matches.
Didier Deschamps’ side were far from convincing in their final group match which ended in a 0-0 draw against Denmark.
Despite a lacklustre performance, the goalless draw was enough to see Les Bleus claim top spot in their group, which saw Peru and Australia eliminated from the competition.
Argentina narrowly scraped their way into the last 16, finishing second in Group D, just one point above Nigeria but five behind leaders Croatia.
The Argentina looked to be heading out of the competition with their final Group match against Nigeria locked at 1-1 before a very late Marcos Rojo winners sent Jorge Sampaoli’s side through. Lionel Messi had given Argentina an early lead with his first goal of the tournament.
Off the pitch, Argentina legend and FIFA ambassador Diego Maradona stole some of the headlines for his disorderly behaviour in the stands.
France and Argentina have faced each other 12 times in their history, with the French winning just two of those meetings.
Argentina have won both previous World Cup meetings against France, in 1930 and 1978.
The winners of the match will meet one of Uruguay and Portugal in the quarter-finals on 6 July.
France team news vs Argentina
Having been rested for their final group game, Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are all set to return to the starting eleven.
Samuel Umtiti is set to win his fitness race and start alongside Raphael Varane in defence. Lucas Hernandez is expected to start ahead of Benjamin Mendy at left-back.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso are all one booking away from suspension.
Argentina team news vs France
If Argentina are to win, they’ll need to turn things around quickly, both on and off the pitch. Their disjointed preparations prior to the tournament look to be taking their toll on the team.
Following Willy Caballero’s clanger against Croatia, 31-year-old goalkeeper Franco Armani was handed an international debut against Nigeria. Armani is expected to keep his place on Saturday.
Enzo Perez is a slight doubt for Argentina but is expected to recover in time.
Quite incredibly, Paulo Dybala was not substituted on by Sampaoli, despite Argentina desperately needing a goal. The Juventus star man has played just 22 minutes all competition.
Angel Di Maria was among the long list of players to have had a stinker on Tuesday night although his place does not seem to be at risk.
Sergio Aguero will be hoping to force his way back into the side but faces stiff competition from Gonzalo Higuain.
Ever Banega, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Otamendi are all one booking away from a ban.
France predicted line-up vs Argentina
Argentina predicted line-up vs France
Lionel Messi: Samuel Umtiti sympathy for
team-mate as France vs Argentina looms
FRANCE defender Samuel Umtiti has sympathy for the expectations resting on his Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi’s shoulders – but will happily prolong the Argentina superstar’s World Cup agony tomorrow.
Umtiti has been Messi’s team-mate for two years and he will cross the forward’s path when Les Bleus take on Argentina in a mouth-watering second-round tie.Umtiti,
who is expected to start at the Kazan Arena after being rested in France’s last group game against Denmark, said:
“I see him every day. It is very hard to stop him. He’s got outstanding qualities.
“We will try to stop him but he’s not the only one in this Argentina team – they have other strikers.”
Lionel Messi in high spirits during Argentina
World Cup training
But while Messi can rely on a reliable Luis Suarez at Barca, he is a bit more on his own with Argentina, with Gonzalo Higuain having not scored in his last eight outings with the national team.
also has to deal with the weight of a whole nation expecting him to win the World Cup in what is likely to be his last shot at the biggest trophy in football.“He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona,” said Umtiti.
“He does not have the same players with him and their way of playing is different, but he has saved them on several occasions.
“The Argentineans are tough on him, but he cannot do everything on his own.”
Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane will be tasked with stopping Messi tomorrow, and midfielder Thomas Lemar said: “Umtiti does not feel the pressure. He’s ice-cool, he’s zen.”
Argentina, France hope to reach potential in
World Cup clash
KAZAN: France and Argentina took different paths to the knockout stage but have much in common at this World Cup.
Both teams are filled with big-name players, both like to play an entertaining style and both have failed to impress so far.Forty years after their last meeting at soccer’s biggest tournament, the former champions meet on Saturday in Kazan for a spot in the quarterfinals, needing their best players to come to the fore
With its armada of star players, France qualified unbeaten from its group but has yet to find the right rhythm in Russia. In three matches, coach Didier Deschamps’ team has lacked ambition and intensity.
The poor form of striker Antoine Griezmann has been a major concern.Argentina had a shakier path to the knockout stage, and coach Jorge Sampaoli has been heavily criticized.
France team news: Didier Deschamps to field
frightening 4-3-3 in Argentina showdown
Les Bleus got through the first round as group winners but were distinctly unimpressive along the way.
They edged out Australia 2-1 and Peru 1-0, before playing out a dull goalless draw with Denmark.
However, they go into the game against Argentina as favourites – with Lionel Messi and co looking extremely shaky in the group stage – especially when they were thrashed 3-0 by Croatia.
Didier Deschamps made several changes for the Denmark game but is likely to field a team more similar to the one that beat Peru here.Djibril Sidibe,
now fully fit, is likely to maintain his position ahead of Benjamin Pavard though – and there is hot competition for places in both midfield and attack.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso are all a booking away from a one-match ban
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