World Cup 2018 - ARGENTINA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
Argentina may turn out to be a profitable alternative regarding betting tips at the World Cup 2018. Therefore we provide the most promising betting opportunities for Lionel Messi and Co. in this analysis. Additionally you will get to know, which way Argentina took in the qualification for the World Cup 2018. We will also discuss what kind of player material the finalist of the World Cup in Brazil has at disposal for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Argentina
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
- 16.06.2018 | 14:00 | Argentina - Iceland
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 21.06.2018 | 19:00 | Argentina - Croatia
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 26.06.2018 | 19:00 | Argentina - Nigeria
- ODDS COMPARISON
Which betting tips and odds can we recommend for Argentina at the World Cup 2018?
Argentina enters Group D at the World Cup 2018 as the group favorite, even though they have some unpleasant opponents, namely strong Croatia, compact Iceland and Nigeria, which shouldn’t be underestimated either. According to our analysis the starting position in Group D shouldn’t be underestimated by the favorites Argentina and Croatia and the odds of renowned bookmakers underlines this prognosis.
Even though Argentina is listed as a pretty sure promoted team with odds of 1.12, but Iceland and Nigeria also get respectable odds for making it past the group stage at William Hill with odds of 3.25 and 3.75 regarding their role as underdogs at the World Cup. The thing is a little bit clearer when taking into account the direct duels though. Still we have been able to make out clearer distributed odds in other groups between favorites and underdogs. Since the odds for the favored Argentina are not very lush and the strong underdogs may be able to pull off a surprise it pays off to take a look at more sophisticated betting strategies than the usual winner bets. While William Hill only lists odds of 1.3 in the favor of Argentina for the opening match against Iceland because of the expected superiority of Messi and Co, a betting tip on an Argentina win with goals of both teams already has odds of 4. We believe that this tip is pretty promising, since Argentina’s defensive players are rather short and they might fall short regarding high balls against Iceland’s tall offensive players.
In the last round of the group stage Argentina will face the second underdog of the group, namely Nigeria. They already played a friendly match against each other in November 2017, which ended in a 2:4 loss and so we see the odds of 1.4 for an Argentina win by William Hill quite critical. One needs to mention at this point, however, that friendly matches are not very significant and should only be seen as a rough guideline.
Last but not least one shouldn’t forget a betting tip recommendation on Argentina winning the World Cup 2018. Tipico lists this tip at odds of 9, which ranks Argentina 5th directly behind Spain. One of the most obvious betting tips at the World Cup 2018 is the one of Lionel Messi becoming the top goal getter: The five time world football player is the biggest favorite for winning the “golden shoe” at tipico. If the quick offensive player is in form at the World Cup 2018, we can only recommend this particular betting tip.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Argentina
- Lionel Messi will win the Golden Boot Trophy
- Against Nigeria: Overall there will be scored more than 2.5 goals
- To finish Group D ranked 1st
Which roster does the Argentinian federation send to the World Cup 2018?
Argentina has a luxury roster around world football player Linonel Messi at its disposal and coach Jorge Sampaoli can choose from a couple of the world’s best players on their respective positions. Especially on offense the stars from tomorrow are looking for a starting eleven spot of the World Cup finalist of 2014 behind the top stars Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Agüero: The youngsters Paolo Dybala, Mauro Icardi and Manuel Lanzini are already pillars of their respective club teams from the best leagues in Europe. While Sampaoli shouldn’t have too many worries when nominating his offense for the World Cup 2018, it looks a little bit different regarding defense.
Javier Mascherano and Nicolas Otamendi are two international top notch inside defenders, but apart from them the staff on defense is pretty thin compared to the offensive line. Apart from the not so young Mascherano and Otamendi only the 20-year-old Emmanuel Mammana can be considered a hope on defense. Additionally Barca star Mascherano already announced his retirement from the national team after the World cup 2018, which doesn’t make the defensive worries of the Argentinian national team any smaller. If the defensive line is being spared from injuries and head coach Sampaoli can rely on his usual three man line at the World Cup 2018, however, Argentina’s defense counts to the extended world class.
If you add an offense, which is studded with Champions League regulars to that, we can only label Argentina as the title favorite at the World Cup 2018 in our analysis.
How did Messi & Co. do at the qualification for the World Cup 2018?
For a long time it was touch and go, whether Argentina would participate at the World Cup 2018: After a fulminant start into the South America qualification with three wins Argentina had a break down and lost four matches in a row. They fell short against Paraguay and Brazil. Even though they were successful again against Chile, they haven’t been able to win the next four matches again. One of those matches was an embarrassing loss against Bolivia.
Due to these mediocre results they have been lagging behind in the course of the qualification and Argentina was only able to secure a World Cup 2018 ticket at the end: In a photo finish of the South American qualification the national eleven of Argentina had to tremble until the end on the last game day, when they have been down early against Ecuador, but in the end they pulled of a 3:1 victory thanks to three goals by Lionel Messi. So head coach Jorge Sampaoli’s team finished third in the qualification group behind Uruguay with only a two point lead on Chile that didn’t qualify.
With a draw or even a loss and unfavorable results in the parallel matches on the last game day Argentina may very well ended up with a spectator role for the World Cup 2018. One reason for this disappointing qualification was the star studded offense according to our analysis: with only 19 scored goals the offense around Lionel Messi, Di Maria and Agüero clearly suffered from blockage and scored the least goals of the five top teams of the South American qualification group.
On the other hand their defense was quite respectable, since Argentina only received 16 goals which ranks them second in this statistic. So if Argentina is able to get their offense going until the summer, they will be hard to overcome at the World Cup 2018. Lionel Messi’s form will play a decisive role though.
How often did the “Albiceleste” already participate in World Cups?
The two-time world champion from South America is a real regular at World Cups with 16 participations in final rounds. Their last title at a great event dates back a while though, therefore the football force Argentina is longing for current success. After a strong performance at the World Cup 2014 and a bitter loss to Germany in the final the Argentinians might have tasted blood and come to the World Cup 2018 with a “now more than ever” attitude. If the Albiceleste manages to transfer this attitude onto the field, a lot is possible for them at the World Cup in Russia – maybe even the long-desired title.
*All odds: status 20.01.2018