Italy vs Argentina
Italy welcome Argentina to Treviso for this Autumn International Test. The Italians were thumped by an error strewn All Blacks team 47-9 in their last match while Argentina lost to France 29-20 in their last match. The Italians could not find the tryline in their match but were lucky to have found an off form All Blacks team. Argentina showed some glimpses of what they are capable off in their match against France and actually dominated the French at scrum time which is no easy feat. The most pleasing aspect for the Pumas would have been the performance of their halfbacks. Santiago Carreras and Tomás Cubelli are forming a good partnership and will only get better with time.
TIP: Italy once again showed that they are not yet ready to compete with the bigger nations and didn’t even look like scoring a try. They have some quality players in halfbacks Paolo Garbisi and Stephen Varney but they struggle to play as a team especially when they are defending and they were fortunate the All Blacks squandered so many scoring opportunities. They must be prepared for a barrage of aerial kicks from the Pumas and the back three will be severely tested. The bookies have Argentina as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.33, Playabets 1.36 and Sunbet 1.33
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Italy vs Argentina
- Argentina have won the last seven matches between these sides.
- Italy’s last victory in this fixture was in 1995.
- Argentina won the last match between the sides 31-15.
Latest results for both teams
Italy lost their last match 47-9 to New Zealand while the Pumas lost 29-20 against France.
Another heavy defeat is the last thing Italy needs in what will go down as one of their poorest seasons in recent years. They will look to players like Matteo Minozzi and Montanna Ioane to provide them with the attacking threat they so desperately need. Both these players are great counter attackers and the Pumas will be weary when they kick out of hand. The Pumas also have a fantastic back three who are all excellent in the air. The stand out back for the Pumas is Santiago Cordero. He has proven himself all over Europe as a great runner who knows his way to the tryline. The Italians will need to watch him closely. The overall power and quality of the Pumas will see them to victory by more than 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Montanna Ioane, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Stephen Varney, 8 Giovanni Licata, 7 Michele Lamaro (c), 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 David Sisi, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 1 Ivan Nemer
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 11 Mateo Carreras, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Martín González, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julián Montoya (c), 1 Thomas Gallo
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Argentina victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Argentina handicap victory:
The complete odds on the Argentina handicap victory:
Worldsportsbetting (-8.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-8.5) 1.95
Playabets (-6.5) 1.84
Predictions and Odds in details
The Pumas always have a loose trio that can rival any team in world rugby and once again they have a devastating backrow. Pablo Matera is a beast of a player and if he gets through the Italian tackles then he could wreak havoc. The Italians will need their front row to be on top form as the Pumas will look to target them in this area. The Pumas skipper Julián Montoya had a storming game against France and is brilliant at winning turnover ball at the breakdown. There are decent returns on the Pumas win but for a value bet I suggest the visitors on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-8.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-8.5) 1.95 and Playabets (-6.5) 1.84
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