Argentina is the hot favorite to beat Australia on Saturday and qualify for the competition’s quarter-finals. Here are the best options to bet Argentina vs. Australia with the moneyline, spread, and over/under odds.
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Argentina: World-Class Attack
After a shock upset in the opening round, Argentina left it late to defeat Mexico and Poland. They superbly recovered in the last two matches picking six points and winning the group. They avoided a clash with the World Cup reigning champ France and will take on Australia, which comes out as a surprise.
Leo Messi and Enzo Fernandez had the two goals vs. Mexico, while Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez scored vs. Poland. They simply outclassed The Eagles, showing their power during the entire game. Argentina is currently +500 to win the World Cup, tied with France and behind only Brazil.
The superb performance against Poland has reignited hopes of Argentina potentially making a deep run into the tournament, with Messi facing his final shot at a World Cup title after winning the 2021 Copa America. La Albiceleste has relied on solid wins rather than racking up huge amounts of goals, with five scored in three games, including two from Messi.
Lionel Scaloni appears to have finally struck a winning formula in Qatar and will keep changes to a minimum to keep his side fresh. Nicolas Tagliafico could return at left-back, with Marcus Acuña rotated out of the starting lineup.
Should Argentina progress past Australia, they will face the winners of the last-16 clash between the Netherlands and the USA in the quarter-finals. We can’t avoid betting on Messi and Co. here, so we will include Argentina in our soccer picks and parlays.
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Australia: Rock-Solid Defense
The Aussies defied all the odds to progress from their group, beating Denmark 1-0 in their final match to secure their place in the last 16. The only Group D match Australia failed to win was against France, who ran out 4-1 winners in their opening fixture in Qatar. Everyone believes Argentina must be on top of their game if they wish to prevail against the Socceroos this weekend.
Australia eventually finished behind Les Bleus only on goal difference, with Graham Arnold’s men winning two of their three group matches against Tunisia and Denmark. Tim Cahill, arguably the Socceroos’ greatest-ever player during his 108-cap career and an Ambassador for Qatar for the World Cup, predicted that Australia would pull off the upset and qualify in the Round of 16. Not many people took him seriously, but he was right, and we should expect them to play their chance on Saturday and fight for every ball.
Australia avoided a string of potential suspensions in their final group game, and Graham Arnold will only make limited changes here. Key man Ajdin Hrustic could come in as part of an altered midfield as Australia looks to frustrate Argentina. If you’re betting online, just avoid a bet on Australia, but don’t expect them to allow too many goals.
Argentina vs Australia Match Information
- Match: Argentina vs Australia
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (Al Rayyan)
- Argentina vs Australia Live Stream: fubo.tv
Argentina vs Australia Picks & Prediction
- Worth the Moneyline?
As expected, Argentina enters this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -500 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while Australia is priced at +1400. France and Denmark were expected to be the heavy favorites coming out of the group, but Australia had other plans. This team fully deserves to be here, but this is where it all ends. The difference in quality between the two sides is too high, and we don’t expect them to pull off the upset against one of the tournament favorites. Argentina is fully packed with top players and has one of the world’s best-attacking lines. Still, we won’t take them on the moneyline because there’s no value.
- Worth the ATS?
The spread is set at -2. Everyone thinks that Argentina will destroy Australia, but this match will not be that easy. Australia will park the bus, put 11 players behind the ball, and try not to concede too many goals. They know they don’t stand a chance, but they will be very aggressive and fight till the last drop. This is not a group match, so Argentina won’t rush and will expect the perfect opportunity to score but will probably stop at 2-0, so we will avoid this market.
- Worth the Totals?
The goal line is set at 2½ with the under, priced at +115. If everything goes as planned, Argentina should win 2-0 and qualify in the quarter-finals without injuries or yellow cards. With that said, we’re ready to take the risk and back the under 2½.
SCORE PREDICTION: Argentina 2, Australia 0