Argentina vs New Zealand
Argentina plays host to the All Blacks in Mendoza in these teams opening round match. The home team will be determined to improve on their last place showing from the previous years competition. The All Blacks will want a repeat performance of the last year as they were crowned champions. The Pumas have Michael Cheika the former Wallabies boss as their Coach which will be a massive advantage as there are not too many people that know the All Blacks as well as him. The visitors will be not be taking the home team lightly as they have lost two of the last six matches against them.
TIP: The All Blacks selectors have made some interesting calls in this match as they are starting with Dan Coles at hooker and Damian McKenzie at flyhalf although the latter was dominated in the recent Super Rugby final by Richie Mo’unga. The Pumas have given a start the Newcastle winger Mateo Carreras after he impressed in the Gallagher Premiership with his speed and brilliant side stepping even in the smallest of spaces. The bookies have New Zealand as favourites but I’m tipping Argentina for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 2.55, Gbets 2.55 and Hollywoodbets 2.50
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Argentina vs New Zealand
- NZ have won four of the last five matches against Argentina.
- Argentina have not beaten the All Blacks on their home soil.
Latest results for both teams
Argentina were beaten 52-29 by Scotland in their last match while the All Blacks drew 25-25 with England in their last match.
The All Blacks are without their kingpin lineout pair of Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick and it will be interesting to see if the Pumas target the visitor’s lineout. The Pumas have selected Santiago Carreras and will be hoping that he can use his speed to disrupt the All Blacks. The home team will be looking to keep the game tight as this is their best opportunity to win this match. New Zealand on the other hand will be looking for a fast paced open game as this suits their style of play. The non selection of a few All Blacks stars is the reason I predict a home won by 3 points
Probable Starting XVs
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Lucio Cinti, 11 Mateo Carreras, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Lucio Sordoni, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Thomas Gallo.
15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ethan de Groot.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Cheetahs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Cheetahs handicap:
The complete odds on the Cheetahs handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+3.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+3.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+3.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are great returns on the Cheetahs upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+2.5), Gbets 1.87 (+2.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+2.5)
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