Place: Russia. Kazan. Kazan Arena.
Date: on the 30th of June 2018 (Saturday)
Match start: 15:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, 1/8 finals
France (the head coach Didier Deschamps)
In the forthcoming first round of the playoffs, next to super match Spain – Russia, the football fans have received an interesting match between France and Argentina. In this 21st century Les Tricolores and Albiceleste traditionally were named in the list of initial favorites of each World Cup, and, of course, the meeting of modern teams of Didier Deschamps and Jorge Sampaoli is worth of the status of the final match.
However, unclear game of Lionel Messi and his team mates in two opening matches of the group stage has led to the fact that Argentina has managed to take only the second place in the quartet. And therefore, according to initial draw procedure, Albiceleste became the rival of the total winner of group C.
The history of opposition of current rivals began on the 15th of July 1930 in frames of the very first World Cup in Uruguay and now contains 12 matches in which overwhelming advantage belongs to Argentina (+2=3-7). However, most of these meetings were friendly matches. Though in two last matches in the final World cup tournaments Albiceleste have twice won over Les Tricolores.
Argentina (the head coach Jorge Sampaoli).
As we have already noted, the first match of the current rivals has taken place in frames of the very first World Cup 1930 in Uruguay (1:0). And 48 years later, in 1978 two top national teams have met in Buenos Aires also at a group stage (2:1). Thus, the forthcoming match in Kazan between France and Argentina is rewriting the whole history of head-to-heads and becomes the most important match in the battle of Les Tricolores and Albiceleste in frames of the world championships.
Didier Deschamps’s team during the last team of the group stage has gained the goalless draw with Denmark that absolutely suits the team. And though in the final tournaments of the World Cups fixed matches are inadmissible, however it was clear to all fans that the teams were not eager to please them with the scored goals.
But Argentina only in four minutes prior to the end of the main time of the match against Nigeria has managed to gain such important victory (2:1). It is interesting that not the superstar forwards headed by Lionel Messi but the fullback from Manchester United Marcos Rojo became the savior of Jorge Sampaoli’s team.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match France vs Argentina
According to the calendar schedule, the forthcoming battle between the teams of Didier Deschamps and Jorge Sampaoli became the first match of all eight matches of an initial round of the playoffs and therefore is in epicenter of attention. Bookmakers prefer Les Tricolores: France – 2.40, Argentina – 3.50.
Matches of France in frames of the World Cup:
June 16. France – Australia – 2:1 (Kazan)
June 21. France – Peru – 1:0 (Yekaterinburg)
June 26. France – Denmark – 0:0 (Moscow, Luzhniki)
Matches of Argentina in frames of the World Cup:
June 16. Argentina – Iceland – 1:1 (Moscow, Otkritie Arena)
June 21. Argentina – Croatia – 0:3 (Nizhny Novgorod)
June 26. Argentina – Nigeria – 2:1 (St. Petersburg)
Exactly in two weeks after the starting victory over Australia (2:1), France is coming back on already familiar Kazan Arena. Undoubtedly, now this factor speaks well for Didier Deschamps’s team. The second, not less important argument of Les Tricolores is more stable game during the whole group stage while Albiceleste was constantly shaking. Bearing in mind special status of all matches of the playoffs, here it is more rational to play on handicap (0) of the favorite.