Argentina vs Australia predictions, odds, World Cup 03/12/2022

Top Argentina vs Australia betting tips, prognosis, and odds

Diego Armando Maradona would’ve certainly been proud of his team if he were still alive today. Argentina defied all odds and managed to pull off a remarkable piece of world-class soccer in their last two World Cup games by defeating Mexico and Poland.

What was interesting is that all three group-stage teams were extremely defensive against Argentina. That’s understandable, seeing as La Albiceleste are one of the heavy favorites to grab the gold in Qatar.

Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia all camped inside their penalty area and waited for counter-attacking opportunities. Mexico and Poland weren’t as fortunate as Saudi Arabia and we saw them lose against Argentina. Neither of the two games ended with plenty of goals but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Our Argentina vs Australia prediction for this game is for many goals, a great Lionel Messi show, and La Albiceleste in the quarter-finals. Australia are certainly one of the weakest teams this year. Argentina brushed aside far more competent opponents.

Players to watch in the Argentina vs Australia clash

Argentina

Lionel Messi: Lautaro Martinez and Julian Alvarez are without a doubt world-class strikers but it’s Lionel Messi who’s the most dangerous Argentine player. Despite not being usually a finisher, Lionel Messi’s goal-scoring tally is outstanding. He’s the top scorer for his team and will be looking to continue the fight for the Golden Shoe award this year in the Mundial.

Australia

Matthew Leckie: A 60th-minute banger by Matthew Leckie was the difference-maker in the game against Denmark. It was a goal that qualified Australia for the round of 16 and a right to play against Copa America winners Argentina. The Australian number 7 will be the most dangerous attacking threat to Lionel Scaloni’s boys and we’re certain that he’s the player we should be keeping an eye on today.

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Our top Argentina vs Australia predictions and picks for this World Cup game

We will provide the betting man with two free predictions on this game.

Argentina vs Australia odds: Over 2.5 goals @ -133

Australia faced a world-class opponent only once so far in this edition of the World Cup. It was a match against the World Cup winners from 2018, France. Despite Craig Goodwin giving Australia the lead in that game, the Socceroos were trashed 4:1 by France as Kylian Mbappe stole the show with a lovely brace.

Argentina are just as dangerous and Graham Arnold knows it. The 59-year-old manager will undoubtedly try out some sneaky tactics against La Albiceleste but we aren’t exactly sure if they’ll work. Parking the bus definitely isn’t a viable option. Mexico and Poland were the teams that relied on such a tactic against Argentina and they were easily brushed aside by a 2:0 score.

If Graham Arnold wants to avoid Mexico and Poland’s faith, he has to learn from Mexico and Poland. Launching into ludicrous attacks is also not an option as this would open up spaces for the lighting-fast Argentine strikers. We have yet to see how the Socceroos will start against Argentina but one thing is certain – this game is destined to have plenty of goals.

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Argentina vs Australia prediction: Lionel Messi to score @ -161

What a cracking player Lionel Messi is! He was unlucky to miss a penalty against Poland after Wojciech Szczesny pulled off a remarkable piece of goalkeeping to keep the score 0:0. Messi also missed another comfortable chance to score against Poland.

Nevertheless, he was still one of the best players on the pitch as he received an 8.1 score for his efforts in that game. That speaks volumes about what kind of player Lionel Messi is – a player above simple statistics. Despite being more of a creator in PSG and Argentina, La Pulga is among the top scorers in the world. He’s the 3rd-best scorer in PSG and the best one in Argentina. Lionel Messi already scored twice against Saudi Arabia and Mexico.

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More World Cup games and rankings

Don’t miss out on our remaining World Cup predictions as you can find some very good betting tips and odds there for the round of 16 games. Speaking of which, the Netherlands are facing the US today in the opposite round of 16 clash. The winner of that game will face either Argentina or Australia in the quarter-finals. Some of the remaining interesting games we’ll see in this stage of the World Cup are England vs Senegal, France vs Poland, and Morocco vs Spain.