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Argentina World Cup 2018 Betting Odds
When is Argentina playing and what are the odds? Throughout the World Cup, cash in on best of the online sportsbooks action for every single game of Argentina’s national soccer team.
You will find Argentina’s upcoming schedule right here. Check out their latest results and take a look at odds for upcoming fixtures. For past results, you can review lineups, match reports and statistics which will help give you the edge when deciding on your final bet.
Argentina 2018 Standings World Cup 2018
Argentina head Group D, which also includes Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Argentina Odds To Win The World Cup
Argentina are a good chance of going deep in this year’s World Cup, and Sports Interaction have rated them a +875 chance of winning the tournament. When you’ve got one of the best players of all time in your lineup, it’s certainly a possibility, and the odds make them a great value pick alongside fellow favourites Spain, Germany, Brazil and France.
Argentina are certain to qualify from Group D, and are priced at -667 to do so. Your best bets are the ‘to reach quarter final’ and ‘to reach semi final’ markets, which are paying -143 and +185 respectively. We think they will definitely make the quarters, with perhaps an unlikely second round clash against France the only thing standing in their way.
Our overall prediction is a semi-final exit for the Argentinians, and once again it will be the Germans who spoil the party. We see Argentina facing Denmark in the Round of 16, followed by a tantalising clash against Spain that they will also win, however they will fall one game short of the final (against Brazil) with a loss to a strong German side.
While it will be hard work to make the semi-finals, Argentina to make the quarter-finals @ -143 is a great pick and something you should definitely place a wager on.
Argentina Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don’t have to be finalised until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first let’s take a look at some of the most important players in the Argentinian team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Lionel Messi (Forward)
Arguably the best player in the world, Messi has been at the top of his game for almost a decade, backed up by his five Ballon d’Or awards. He has won a remarkable 29 trophies with club side Barcelona, including eight league titles and four UEFA Champions League victories. He was one of the reasons why Argentina came so close in 2014, winning the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball at the tournament.
While he has experienced an incredibly successful club career, Argentina have not managed to win any major international trophies since he has been involved with the team. Incredibly, his country has made it to four out of the last five Copa America finals (three with Messi in the squad) and failed to win each of them. Excluding the Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008, Argentina have not won an international trophy since their Pan American Games victory in 2003.
Messi will turn 31 during the 2018 World Cup, and while he could certainly play on, he is running out of opportunities to win the world’s biggest prize, something that would quash the doubters that say he is not the best of all time. Could this be his year?
Paulo Dybala (Forward)
One of the world’s most exciting young players, Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has a bright future, with some suggesting he will be a future Ballon d’Or winner once the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi duopoly comes to a halt. He was instrumental in his club’s Champions League run in the 2016/17 season, scoring twice against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
Dybala’s style of play certainly makes it easy to compare him to Argentine strike partner Sergio Aguero, and it will be interesting to see which of the pair sees more game time in Russia. It’s certainly a nice problem for the coaching staff to have.
Nicolas Otamendi (Defender)
Otamendi has been a crucial cog in the Manchester City backline for a number of seasons now, and the resolute defender caps off a sturdy Argentine backline that will prove difficult for opponents to overcome. Best utilised as a central defender, Otamendi is also versatile and can play on either wing. He is known to get forward and is useful with the ball at his feet.
The Coach – Jorge Sampaoli
Sampaoli’s managerial career began in 2002, and after spells with various clubs he found success with Universidad de Chile, winning three league titles and the Copa Sudamericana championship between 2010 and 2012. His record with the Chilean league side earned him a stint as coach of the national team, and he helped Chile win their first ever Copa America title, defeating Argentina in the final.
Sampaoli took over the Argentina role in May 2017 and helped the nation to World Cup qualification. He has only led the side for eight games, and so we are yet to really see the effect that he may have on the team. The upcoming March international window may provide some insight into the team we are likely to see take the field in Russia.
Argentina World 2018 Lineup
Russia’s latest international was played against group rivals Nigeria on November 14th, 2017, however to get an understanding of the most likely lineup to be used in Russia we will take a look at their final qualifying match against Ecuador, played on October 10th.
Starting Lineup (3-2-2-3)
Sergio Romero (Manchester United) – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla) – Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Enzo Perez (River Plate) – Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) – Angel Di Maria (PSG), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Reserves: Ever Banega, Alejandro Gomez, Agustin Marchesin, Pablo Perez, Nahuel Guzman, German Pezzella, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Emiliano Rigoni, Emanuel Mammana, Federico Fazio, Paulo Dybala.
Argentina’s FIFA World Cup History
Argentina have a rich and illustrious history at the FIFA World Cup, starting with their runner-up performance in the inaugural event in Uruguay. Since the 1930 tournament, Argentina have appeared in sixteen out of the twenty competitions, and they will be making their seventeenth start when they travel to Russia in June.
La Albiceleste have finished second on two other occasions at the tournament, and it was the Germans that defeated them in both finals. A 1-0 loss to West Germany in the 1990 final thanks to a late Andreas Brehme penalty was matched by defeat by the same scoreline in the 2014 World Cup – this time it was Mario Götze who stole the show in the second half of extra time.
Overall, Argentina have made it to five World Cup finals, a feat bettered only by Italy, Germany and Brazil. Their breakthrough victory came in the 1978 tournament, of which they were also the host. After emerging as the second-placed qualifier from a difficult group containing Italy, France and Hungary, Argentina topped their second round group that included a strong Brazilian side. The home side faced the Netherlands in the final, and won 3-1 after extra time.
While defeat to eventual champions Italy in the 1982 tournament meant that Argentina would not successfully defend their crown, it took just four more years for the South Americans to record their second title, this time in Mexico. This time, Argentina finished ahead of Italy in their first round group, before advancing to defeat Uruguay, England and Belgium on the way to the final against West Germany.
Overall, Argentina have been successful at the world’s greatest sporting event. They have finished in the top eight at the tournament on ten occasions, and have only failed to qualify once. Their bid to make it to Russia did come down to their final game, yet despite trailing early a Lionel Messi hat trick ensured the South American giants would start their seventeenth World Cup.
They will be favourites to top Group D, although they will be tested by one of the more diverse groups in the tournament. Croatia have a great World Cup record, Iceland are currently full of confidence and have defeated some great teams over the past two years, while they will once again face Nigeria in the group stage.