Group C winners France match up with Group D runners-up Argentina on Saturday 30th June with both teams going head to head to advance to the quarter-finals. France enjoyed serene progress through their group while the South Americans needed a late winner to secure their passage.
Where and when: Kazan Arena, Kazan – 30 June, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see France vs. Argentina: William Hill
Last time: This will be the 12th meeting between the two sides, with Argentina holding the upper hand in the clash with six wins against just two for France. Argentina won the last meeting between the sides 2-0 in a friendly in February 2009.
|France half time/full time||3/1||Offer|
|Correct score: France 2-0 Argentina||19/4||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||17/10||Offer|
France vs. Argentina Predictions and Preview
France secured top spot in Group C thanks to a goalless draw with Denmark to follow up opening victories over Australia and Peru.
Questions have been asked of Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps but his side secured seven points out of a possible nine and conceded just once – a penalty – in the process.
Argentina’s passage to the last 16 did not have such serenity. An opening day draw with Iceland and 3-0 loss to Croatia left them on the brink, but a late 2-1 victory over Nigeria saw them advance.
There have been suggestions of mutiny in the Argentine camp with a disconnect between the players and boss Jorge Sampaoli, and it will be worth keeping an eye on team unity during the knockouts.
The French are slight favourites to win this game at odds of 13/10, with an Argentina victory available at 13/5 and the draw priced at 2/1.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 1/2 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 17/10.
A ‘double chance’ on Argentina to battle their way to either a draw or a win in 90 minutes is available at 8/15 while a France/draw outcome is at 10/29.
If you fancy France to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 3/1.
One to watch for France: Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is his side’s attacking focal point with 31 international goals and his aerial threat could cause problems for the Argentine defence here.
One to watch for Argentina: Lionel Messi is his nation’s all-time leading goalscorer on 65 goals and the Barcelona forward is his side’s main goal threat.
Long shot: Knockout matches are typically cagey affairs with both sides wary of ceding space and time to their quality attacking opponents. A scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 13/2.