New Zealand vs Argentina
New Zealand plays host to Argentina in Christchurch for this match in the Rugby Championship. The home team find themselves in the unusual position of last on the log while the visitors are top of the table. This can be slightly misleading as the teams are only separated by a single point. Both teams will come into this match with confidence as they scored excellent wins in their last match. Argentina have been forced into a few changes which could negatively impact them.
TIP: It will be interesting to see the performance of both teams as they both came back into form in their last match. The All Blacks struggled in the forwards recently and they will be happy that they won’t be facing a very strong forward pack. Pablo Matera is the one stand out player in the Pumas back and he will be playing on his Super Rugby home ground. The home team will look to pressurize the Pumas at scrum time as they have inexperienced props in the front row. The bookies have New Zealand as favourites and I am also tipping them for the win. These are the best odds for this bet: Worldsportsbetting 1.04, Playabets 1.03 and Sunbet 1.04
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
New Zealand vs Argentina
- New Zealand have won the last three matches against Argentina.
- Argentina have only beaten New Zealand once in their history
Latest results for both teams
New Zealand beat South Africa 35-23 in their last match while Argentina beat Australia 48-17 in their last match.
The All Blacks will be looking to run the ball as this is when they are at their best while the Pumas got a lot of joy from their kick and chase game against Australia. The visitors need to be careful when their kick as the home team have a deadly back three of Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan and Caleb Clarke. If they are not accurate with their kicking then they will be punished .The battle between Richie Mo’unga and Santiago Carreras will go a long way to deciding the match and the All Blacks definitely hold the advantage in this area. I am predicting a home win by 15 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot
15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando, 11 Lucio Cinti, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Joel Sclavi, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Thomas Gallo
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Australia victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Argentina handicap:
The complete odds on the Argentina handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+21.5) 1.91
Playabets (+21.5) 1.81
Sunbet (+21.5) 1.80
Predictions and Odds in details
There are very poor returns on the New Zealand outright win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+21.5) 1.91, Playabets (+21.5) 1.81 and Sunbet (+21.5) 1.80
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