Argentina vs Scotland
This will be Coach Michael Cheika first match in charge of the Pumas when they take on an under strength Scottish side. The home team have lost their last five matches against the Scots but this will be a great opportunity to get their first win over them since 2011. Scotland are missing their three Lions in Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and Hamish Watson which is the core of their team. This could prove to be a blessing in disguise as these players looked tired towards the end of a very long season. This always gives the fringe players a chance to stake their claims.
TIP: This could turn into one of the most exciting games as both teams will be running the ball more than they will be kicking. Scotland’s strength is their running games while the Pumas under Cheika will adopt his love for the ball in hand approach. Argentina have lost their eight of their last nine matches with the one win coming against Italy. They will look to their star Pablo Matera to lead them in attack. The bookies have Argentina as favourites but I am tipping Scotland for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 3.00, Playabets 3.00 and Sunbet 2.95
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Argentina vs Scotland
- Scotland have won the last five matches against Argentina.
- The last time Argentina beat Scotland was in 2011.
Latest results for both teams
Scotland lost 26-5 to Ireland in their last match while Argentina lost 53-7 to Ireland in their last match.
Scotland will have the relatively inexperienced Blair Kinghorn at flyhalf and this could be seen as a weak point but what he does bring is an exceptional attacking game as he is blessed with genuine pace and creativity. His opposite number Nicolas Sanchez is one of the most experienced flyhalfs in world rugby and he will use his knowledge to test the defence of Kinghorn. The battle on the wings between giant Duhan van der Merwe and the diminutive Santiago Cordero will be one of the highlights in the match. The other wing will see Edinburgh teammates Emiliano Boffelli and Darcy Graham go head to head. We are predicting a tight match with Scotland winning by 3 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julián Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
15 Rory Hutchinson, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist (c), 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Scotland victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Scotland handicap :
The complete odds on the Scotland handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+4.5) 1.91
Sunbet (+4.5) 1.89
Playabets (+4.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The match will be decided by the forwards and the home team seem to have a slight edge in this department but if Scotland can stop Matera from making his runs then they stand a great chance of causing an upset. The scrum battle will be interesting and Scotland will have the advantage but the Pumas have the stronger bench. There are great odds on the Scotland upset win but if you are looking for a safer bet then I suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+4.5) 1.91, Sunbet (+4.5) 1.89 and Playabets (+4.5) 1.81
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