Argentina World Cup 2018 Betting - Odds, Group & Prediction

Argentina World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

Argentina

Argentina always piques interest ahead of a World Cup campaign. However, the South Americans for the last couple of years have been struggling to get their best act together.

But they can boast a talented attack with the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. Will that individual talent be good enough to get them the World Cup title?

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)

 

Argentina Group Stage

Argentina are a side who often show up full of promise but often look a bit more ponderous than positive. They have such a wide array of brilliant attacking options at their disposal but they have been guilty of keeping them on a leash and not really allowing their star man Lionel Messi to his full potential. They struggled through qualification for the World Cup, and while they were pretty solid defensively they had their struggles in putting the ball in the back of the net.

Considering they have the likes of Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Sergio Figueroa, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi it is a surprise that they are not a free-scoring powerhouse. That’s not their way. They brought in Jorge Sampaoli as head coach towards the end of qualification and he just got the job done of getting them to the World Cup. He is a more adventurous type of manager but can he shake them up in time to have a run to match their appearance in their final four years ago?

It all starts with the group stage and there are some tricky games in there. It will be fascinating to see how they handle Iceland in their opening match. The plucky Europeans will be working hard to enjoy what will be their first ever World Cup match and could be a banana skin if Argentina start slowly.

The real threat to Argentina in the group though is Croatia, aka the European Brazil. Croatia are such a good, talented side with an astonishingly good midfield and they should be able to give the South Americans a run for their money. There is certainly no given for Argentina in their opening two group matches and if they get four points out of them they will probably be pretty happy. That is because they round off against Nigeria who they will fancy toppling.

Argentina Stage of Elimination Odds

The form of Argentina really since the start of World Cup qualification suggests that they aren’t going to go as far as they did four years ago. They just aren’t playing all that well and don’t seem to get the best out of their players. They may well even have a battle on their hands to win Group D over Croatia. Realistically though you would have to assume that they have the individual talent in their group to make it through to the next round.

Beyond that, it may be hard for punters to actually see them mixing it up with the best sides in the tournament. Depending on the draw, because finishing runner-up could put them against France in the round of sixteen, for example, anything less than a quarter-final finish for the Albiceleste would be hugely disappointing for them. However, perhaps not too unexpected for supporters. The shortest-priced option in the Argentina Stage of Elimination market at bet365 is a last sixteen at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018).

World Cup Record

Argentina has a rich World Cup record and they are two-time winners of the tournament having tasted success in 1978 and in 1986. Their first ever appearance was in the first-ever World Cup where they finished runners-up and they have finished second on two other occasions as well, in 1990 and four years ago in Brazil. Overall they have only missed four World Cup events. Russia 2018 will be their eleventh consecutive World Cup appearance. Their World Cup records stands at W42 D14 L21.

Argentina Prediction

Hard to see Argentina going beyond the final eight. They have such talent in their squad but it’s not often enough that you actually see them play together well as a team. Their individuals can get them to the last eight but that is probably where they will make their exit and Argentina are 10/3 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018) for a quarter final finish in the Stage of Elimination market.

 



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