France vs Argentina preview, betting tips and prediction

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Messi, Agüero, Griezmann, Mbappe… superstar wars in Kazan

France to win and BTTS @ 24/5 with Coral

France face Argentina in the first last 16 tie of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday afternoon in Kazan. Neither side will be too happy about facing each other at this early stage, but then neither were particularly convincing in the group stage. Argentina progressed in second place in Group D, beating Nigeria in dramatic fashion in their final game. Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo were on hand to score in the 2-1 win, but Les Bleus will hardly be shaking in their boots after watching their defeat to Croatia, which was 3-0, on matchday two. Reports of discontent persist in the Argentine camp, but with Messi in their side they always have a chance, as they showed against Nigeria. We think it will be tight, but are backing France in a high-scoring, exciting affair.

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France seemed to settle for a draw in their clash with Denmark last week. The point was always going to be enough to get them through as group winners, but Didier Deschamps has continuously been a target for heavy criticism. Many people believe he is not getting the best out of his star-studded squad, and it does appear that he has not found the right system yet. Antoine Griezmann, who was so influential at Euro 2016 two years ago, has hardly found his feet, but Kylian Mbappé has taken his opportunity well, scoring the only goal of the game against Australia.

There are so many attacking options for both teams to choose from for both managers. The biggest problem facing punters is not finding value, but guessing who will start up front for both sides. Sergio Agüero and Gonzalo Higuain have both led the line for La Albiceleste this summer, while Olivier Giroud has come in for France. Our tip is the Chelsea man to score anytime because he is a reliable striker with a fantastic record on the international stage; he can be found at 12/5 with Betfair.

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