Argentina Rugby World Cup betting preview
Argentina are rated around $41 with bookmakers to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
We are bullish about the chances of the Pumas making it to the quarter-finals, with a victory over France in their opening match crucial to their chances of achieving this goal.
Pool C qualifiers will largely depend on this match, in our opinion.
While Argentina’s form this year does not look overly convincing, with four losses in four matches against top-tier opposition, they were right in all but one of those games until the dying stages.
Argentina are renowned for their powerhouse scrum and that is not expected to change during this tournament. They just need to find a little more spark in attack and a few seasons of tough conditioning in the Super Rugby tournament for many of their players seems likely to have provided the perfect platform for this.
We will also get a great measure of just how deep they could go in the tournament when they come up against the strong England team in their third match on October 5.
The Pumas have always lifted for past World Cups and we think they will again.
Where Argentina will finish in the 2019 Rugby World Cup
WGL prediction: quarter-finals. We think it will come down to Argentina and France to qualify second from Pool C. The Pumas can get the job done.
Previous best World Cup result: Third place 2007
Argentina’s Rugby World Cup draw
Match 3: France v Argentina, Saturday, Sep 21, Pool C, Tokyo Stadium
Match 13: Argentina v Tonga, Saturday, Sep 28, Pool C, Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Match 25: England v Argentina, Saturday, Oct 5, Pool C, Tokyo Stadium
Match 30: Argentina v United States, Wednesday, Oct 9, Pool C, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Argentina’s most recent results
July 20: New Zealand 20 d Argentina 16, Rugby Championship, Buenos Aires
July 27: Australia 16 d Argentina 10, Rugby Championship, Brisbane
August 10: South Africa 46 d Argentina 13, Rugby Championship, Salta
August 17: South Africa 24 d Argentina 18, Argentina tour, Pretoria
September 7: Argentina 74 d Randwick (Australia) 0, Coogee Oval, Sydney
Argentina’s record against Pool C rivals
England: Played 23: won 4, lost 18, drawn 1. Points for: 363, Points against: 609
France: Played 51: won 14, lost 36, drawn 1. Points for: 797, Points against: 1243
USA: Played 8: won 8, lost 0. Points for: 247, Points against: 119
Tonga: Played 1: won 1, lost 0. Points for: 45, Points against: 16
Argentina squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Coach: Mario Ledesma
Forwards: Nahuel Tetaz Chapparo, Mayco Vivas, Agustin Creevy, Julian Montoya, Santiago Socino, Juan Figallo, Santiago Medrano, Enrique Pieretto, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera (captain), Tomas Lezana, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni, Juan Manuel Leguizamon.
Backs: Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Ezcurra, Nicolas Sanchez, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Orlando, Matias Moroni, Lucan Mensa, Juan Cruz Mallia, Ramiro Moyano, Bautista Delguy, Emiliano Boffelli, Joaquin Tuculet, Santiago Carreras.
Leading try-scorer prediction for Argentina
Ramiro Moyano: Rock solid at either fullback or on the wing for the Pumas and had a wonderful Super Rugby season for the Jaguars, where he was their leading try-scorer for the season. Should get first crack at the wing spot in Japan and we expect Argentina to advance to the quarters so could be a knockout chance to top all try-scorers if he can have a big try-scoring match against either Tonga or the USA.
Argentina predictions – how far can Pumas go?
As we said above, we see a straight-up battle for second in the pool between Argentina and France. Maybe one of these teams can challenge England for top spot, but the England team seems to be finding form at the right time. In short, the clash between Argentina and France is one of the great matches of the opening weekend and we won’t be missing it.
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