France vs Argentina – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
The game is over
Final score is 4 – 3
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30th June 2018 – 15.00 GMT
Kazan Arena, Kazan
France secured top spot in Group C thanks to a goalless draw with Denmark to follow up opening victories over Australia and Peru.
Argentina’s passage to the last 16 did not have such serenity. An opening day draw with Iceland and 3-0 loss to Croatia left them on the brink, but a late 2-1 victory over Nigeria saw them advance.
France have a more balanced side and should be favourites to win this with 5/4 at Bet365 representing the best value in terms of a result.
This game is likely to be closely-fought but it should be remembered than France have conceded just once in the groups – a penalty against Australia. They are a team who can nullify the opposition and with more quality in the attacking third, should have enough for victory. A 2-1 France victory is a likely outcome and is priced at 10/1 with Bet365.
Knockout matches tend to be cagier affairs than group games as there is more significance upon the result with sides swaying more towards caution. France are likely to adapt a conservative approach to this game and try to nullify Lionel Messi, whilst hitting on the counter-attack. This clash could follow a similar pattern to France’s narrow group victories. Fewer than 2.5 goals is available at 4/9 from William Hill.
France have lost just one of their last 15 matches and just one of their last 13 in competitive games, a run stretching back to the 2016 European Championships
• France to win the World Cup at 10/1 with bet365
Argentina have not won any of their last three matches against European nations – drawing with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and 6-1 to Spain.
• Argentina to qualify for the quarter-finals at 5/4 with Paddy Power