Tri Nations 2020: Argentina v Australia betting tips, prediction & odds
Welcome to our preview of the Argentina v Australia Tri Nations rugby match at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Saturday, November 21.
This Tri Nations has been brought to life by Los Pumas’ incredible upset of the mighty All Blacks last weekend, coming a week after the Wallabies also surprised the Kiwis.
Argentina produced an incredible display considering they had not played a Test since the 2019 World Cup, and the win was no fluke; their defence in particular was outstanding as they pummeled the All Blacks up front. They were rated at up to $16 in the two-horse race with bookies!
The trick now for the Pumas is to back it up against the Wallabies, who of course have the advantage of playing on home soil.
Argentina will have no shortage of intelligence on their rivals here, as former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is working as a consultant for Los Pumas thanks to his close friendship with their coach Mario Ledesma.
Argetina’s record is not great against Australia, with six wins, one draw and 25 losses from 32 Tests between the team. Los pumas have won only two of the past 10, though lost only 16-10 in the most recent meeting in Brisbane last year.
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Not surprisingly Ledesma has kept faith with the start XV which stunned the All Blacks, though he has shuffled the bench. He needs to consider that the Argentines must play on four consecutive Saturdays.
Meanwhile, new Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has kept faith with the back line that held up against the All Blacks, but has made some forced changes in the pack.
Prop James Slipper (dislocated elbow) could not be considered with experienced Scott Sio in for his first Test start since the World Cup. Giant prop Taniela Tupou returns to the starting line-up at the expense of Brumbies star Allan Alaalatoa.
2020 Tri Nations fixture, results
Saturday, October 31: New Zealand 43 (Richie Mo’unga 2, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Dane Coles, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett tries; Richie Mo’unga 5 cons, pen) d Australia 5 (Noah Lolesio try), ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday, November 7: Australia 24 (Tom Wright, Taniela Tupou tries; Reece Hodge con, 4 pens) d New Zealand 22 (Rieko Ioane, Codie Taylor, Tupou Vaa’i tries; Jordie Barrett 2 cons, pen), Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, November 14: Argentina 25 (Nicolas Sanchez try; Nicolas Sanchez con, 6 pens) d New Zealand 15 (Sam Cane, Caleb Clarke tries; Richie Mo’unga con, pen), Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
Saturday, November 21: 7.45pm (AEDT) Argentina v Australia, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Saturday, November 28: 7.45pm (AEDT) Argentina v New Zealand, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Saturday, December 5: 7.45pm (AEDT) Australia v Argentina, Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
Tri Nations Argentina v Australia teams
Australia: 1 Scott Sio, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3 Taniela Tupou, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Matt Philip, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Harry Wilson; 9 Nic White, 10 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 12 Hunter Paisami, 13 Jordan Petaia, 14 Tom Wright, 15 Tom Banks. Subs: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Valetini, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu
Argentina: 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Julian Montoya, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 4 Guido Petti, 5 Matis Alemanno, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 7 Marcos Kremer, 8 Rodrigo Bruni; 9 Tomas Cubelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 13 Matías Orlando, 14 Bautista Delguy, 15 Santiago Carreras. Subs: Santiago Socino, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero.
Read on for our free Argentina v Australia tips ahead of their clash in Newcastle on Saturday, November 21.
All Blacks v Pumas odds
|Start:||7.45pm (AEDT), November 21|
|Venue:||McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle|
|Head-to-head odds:||Argentina ($2.62) v Australia ($1.49)|
|Line betting:||Argentina +5.5 ($1.85) v Australia -5.5 ($1.95)|
Pumas v Wallabies
Our rugby union betting expert has scoured the odds and found several value tips for Saturday’s Tri Nations game.
Wallabies to win by over 7.5 points
This option is available as part of the Tri Bet at leading Aussie operator PlayUp at around the $2.20 mark. Otherwise consider taking the Wallabies to cover the 5.5-point start into the overs in the match total betting, which had not been set at the time of writing. These teams tend to play high-scoring matches,
Marika Koroibete first try-scorer
The former league star is world class and a danger from anywhere on the field. He looms as the man most likely to get the Wallabies off to a flying start.
Pumas v Wallabies prediction 21/11/2020
We think it’s going to be almost impossible for Los Pumas to put the emotion of their epic win against the All Blacks behind them in time to get back to their best for this clash. Looking forward to a tight clash, but the overall Wallabies record against Argentina is dominant and we think they might get away with this one. Our final Argentina v Australia prediction: Wallabies by 10 points.
Argentina v Australia lowdown
New Zealand: Free-to-air: Delayed coverage on Prime; subscription TV: Sky Sport 1. Australia: Free-to-air: Channel 10; Subscription TV: Foxtel; streaming/IPTV: Kayo.
All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on rugby.
The game starts at 7.45pm local time on November 21, 2020.
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