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Argentina Australia

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Argentina to win and under 2.5 goals in the game

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Argentina vs Australia Predictions & Betting Tips (World Cup)

 by Steve Ashfield |

It's been a strange World Cup tournament for Argentina. They were rightfully heavily criticised after being beaten 2-1 by Saudi Arabia. They then went on to beat both Mexico and Poland to win the group. Now they take on surprise qualifiers Australia for a place in the quarter finals. With the winners of this tie facing either the Netherlands or the USA in the last eight, the chances of Argentina making at least the semi-finals are looking good. They are heavily fancied to win this match even if they're not quite firing on all cylinders. This won't be easy though because Australia have won their last two matches. France did put four past them in the group stages but they have tightened up a great deal since then.
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The best odds for betting

Bookmaker 1 X 2 Bonus up to
1.29 6 9
1.32 6.17 9.25
1.21 7.4 17
1.29 6 9.5
1.29 5.6 10.25
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Argentina are 1.2 to win this game against Australia. The odds on a draw are 7.00 and if you wish to bet on an Australian victory, they're available at 15.00. That certainly shows the confidence that the bookmakers have in Argentina winning this match.

Form Analysis

Argentina have only one loss in their last 39 internationals. They'd not lost in 36 before taking on Saudi Arabia in their opening game in this World Cup tournament. They lost that match 2-1 but still ended up topping the group. The last two games have both been won to nil. Seven of their last eight internationals have been won and a clean sheet was kept in all those victories. Argentina do take a while to get on the scoresheet. They scored a penalty in the first half of their game against Saudi Arabia but the earliest goal scored since then has been in the 46th minute.

Australia are in the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2006. On that occasion they lost 1-0 to Italy but only by a 95th minute penalty. It's only the second time that they have made it out of the group stages. They probably weren't thinking of a game in the last 16 when needing to win a penalty shootout against Peru in the play-offs or when conceding four goals against France. Over 90 minutes, Australia have won six of their last eight matches. In their last six games, they have kept five clean sheets and five of those matches saw under 2.5 goals scored.

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Starting 11


Formation : 4 - 1 - 2 - 3

E Martinez
E Palacios
C Romero
N Otamendi
N Tagliafico
E Fernandez
R De Paul
G Montiel
L Martinez
L Messi
L Martinez
J Irvine
J MacLaren
C Goodwin
A Mooy
A Hrustic
G Kuol
A Behich
K Rowles
H Souttar
F Karacic
M Ryan

Formation : 4 - 4 - 2


Squad analysis

Argentina are likely to put Lautaro Martinez back into the starting line-up. He was rested for the game against Poland. Another who could come into the team is Enzo Fernandez. Australia have not reported any new fitness problems and could be unchanged for this last 16 fixture.

Argentina - Australia key points

  1. Argentina have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight matches.
  2. Australia have five clean sheets in their last six fixtures.
  3. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in five of the last six Australia matches.
  4. The last two Argentinian games in this tournament have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
  5. In six previous matches between these two countries, only one has seen over 2.5 goals scored.
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Our Argentina vs Australia prediction

Argentina will have to improve if they are to win the World Cup. They have made a good recovery since the loss to Saudi Arabia but don't quite look like World Cup winners. They take on an Australian team that is full of confidence and just kept clean sheets against Tunisia and Denmark. Go for an Argentinian win with under 2.5 goals being scored in the match.

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Other interesting tips

Argentina to score a penalty in this match. - odds : 3.75 at Bet365

Argentina have been awarded a penalty in two of their three games so far in this tournament. Messi scored against Saudi Arabia but missed the one against Poland. A bet on a penalty being awarded to Argentina looks a good one to place and surely he wouldn't miss another.

Argentina to win to nil - odds : 1.61 at Bet365

Argentina have won their last two matches to nil. In their last seven victories a clean sheet has been kept.

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Argentina vs Australia match : Frequently asked questions

This last 16 match will be shown live in the UK on ITV1. It will also be available online at ITVX. You can also keep up to date with all the news on the Sportytrader Livescore page.
This game is being played at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyad. Neither of the teams have played at this ground.
The match kicks off at 7pm UK time, that's 10pm in Qatar.
With an evening kick-off the temperature will be around 23 degree with 74% humidity.
The winners of this match will be up against either the Netherlands or the USA in the quarter finals.

In charge of this game between Argentina and Australia will be the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak. He also refereed the group game between France and Denmark.

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