Prediction: France to move forward
In a game that both of these heavyweights surely didn’t want to play so early in the competition, France faces Argentina in the round of 16 at Kazan to kick off the knockout phase of the 2018 World Cup (WC). Check more predictions with the best free tips.
After winning their first two group games by one goal margins, France made a draw against Denmark (0-0) on their final group stage game. That draw was Les Bleus seventh game overall unbeaten (W5, D2), part of a broader run of one defeat in 15 games (W10, D4, L1) with only 12 goals conceded and 7 clean sheets.
Argentina was one leg out of the competition. After a draw and a loss, Argentina had to wait until an 86th-minute winner against Nigeria (2-1) in their final group game they succeeded to qualify for the next stage. The struggle Argentina faced in their group is indicative of their recent form which has seen them win just three of their last seven (W3, D1, L3) and concede 15 goals!
Despite the rich history of these two nations at WC finals (France 15/21 tournaments, Argentina 17/21), they have met just twice with Argentina winning both (1930, 1978). Overall the sides have met ten times, with Argentina registering six wins to one and three 0-0 draws.
Players to watch:
Lionel Messi’s goal against Nigeria ended 662 minutes without a WC finals goal – will that spark an avalanche?
Antoine Griezmann (FRA) has just one goal this WC and is surely capable of better.
Both teams are great and I see France with a better team than Argentina. Messi can’t do everything alone and he will have to face his teammate, Umtiti and Varane (Real Madrid). Betting Prediction, France will eliminate Argentina. The next thing to do now is to bet via the best Asian betting platform for multiple bookmakers.