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France v Argentina Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

13:41 BST 30/06/2018
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Having just scraped through to the knockout stages, Al Hain-Cole expects Sampaoli's unconvincing outfit to come unstuck versus the star-studded Bleus

After securing their place in the knockout stages in dramatic fashion, Argentina will be hoping to put in a more convincing display when they take on France in their last 16 clash on Saturday.

Marcos Rojo was the unlikely hero in La Albiceleste’s final group game, scoring a late winner over Nigeria that saw his side leapfrog them into second place.

Match Odds

However, they are 12/5 (3.40) outsiders with dabblebet to keep their World Cup dreams alive by overcoming a far more star-studded opponent in Kazan.

Didier Deschamps’ men finished top of their group despite never really hitting top gear, but are available at 11/8 (2.38) to really announce themselves with a high profile victory here.

Three of the South Americans’ four knockout matches at the last World Cup went into extra-time, and you can get odds of 21/10 (3.10) on this one also remaining deadlocked after 90 minutes.

Team News

Hugo Lloris, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are set to return for Les Bleus after being rested for the final group game against Denmark, while Samuel Umtiti should also be fit to play after missing that game through injury.

Jorge Sampaoli has played a different starting XI in every match so far, although he may stick with the same line-up that pulled off the crucial Nigeria victory.

Underwhelming Argentina

Having struggled through qualification, Sampaoli’s men have carried that underwhelming form with them into the tournament.

Despite the jubilant scenes after they beat Nigeria, their performances in the group stages in general did little to suggest they are capable of seriously challenging for the trophy they came so close to lifting four years ago.

Predictions

Although they have hardly sparkled so far themselves, Les Bleus are still in far better shape than Argentina and are well worth backing at those 11/8 (2.38) odds to demonstrate their superiority with a win.

France to win at 11/8 (2.38) for a 1.5pt stake with dabblebet