Australia take on Argentina in the Semi-finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will be hopeful of advancing into the Final where they will face the All Blacks. This article contains our ARGENTINA v AUSTRALIA betting preview with free tips, match predictions, enhanced odds, starting XVs, betting promotions and no deposit bonuses!
ARGENTINA v AUSTRALIA BETTING PREVIEW
Argentina finished as runners-up in Pool C - as they were beaten by New Zealand. The Pumas were too strong for Ireland in their quarter-final as they romped to a 43-20 success in Cardiff. They stormed into a 20-3 lead, led 20-10 at half time and after Ireland threatened a mighty comeback early in the second half, the Pumas pulled away again. They have had arguably the best scrum in the tournament so far.
The Pumas have made just one change to the team that beat Ireland with Marcelo Bosch coming in at centre in place of Matias Moroni, while captain Agustin Creevy has passed a fitness test following a leg injury. Juan Figallo has been preferred to Juan Pablo Orlandi on the bench.
Pool A was the most competitive on paper, but ended up being a walk in the park for Australia, who won all four group matches. Anyway, hey were heavily tested by Scotland in the quarter-final when despite scoring five tries, they needed a late penalty to edge home 35-34 at Twickenham.
The only missing out for the Wallabies is prop Scott Sio who picked up an elbow knock and will be replaced by James Slipper. Team star Israel Folau missed the quarter-final win over Scotland with an ankle problem, but he has now been cleared to return and will line up against Argentina at Twickenham on Sunday. David Pocock also missed last but has been deemed fit and will start the match. Ben McCalman and Kurtley Beale have been dropped to the bench.
The Wallabies have won ten of their last eleven against Argentina, but that solitary defeat came just last year. Most of their clashes in the Rugby Championship have been close, with two notable exceptions, and given their current form, it should be the same again in this one.
- 2015: Australia won 34-9 in Mendoza
- 2014: Argentina won 21-17 in Mendoza
- 2014: Australia won 32-25 in Gold Coast
- 2013: Australia won 54-17 in Rosario
- 2013: Australia won 14-13 in Perth
- 2012: Australia won 25-19 in Rosario
- 2012: Australia won 23-19 in Gold Coast
ARGENTINA v AUSTRALIA STARTING XVs
Argentina: 1. Marcos Ayerza, 2. Agustin Creevy (captain), 3. Ramiro Herrera, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 9. Martin Landajo, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Juan Imhoff, 12. Juan Martin Hernandez, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 14. Santiago Cordero, 15. Joaquin Tuculet
Replacements: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Lucas Noguera, 18. Juan Figallo, 19. Matias Alemanno, 20. Facundo Isa, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 1 James Slipper, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Kane Douglas, 5 Rob Simmons, 6 Scott Fardy, 7 Michael Hooper, 8 David Pocock
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale
ARGENTINA v AUSTRALIA BEST ODDS
|ARGENTINA||11.00 with||Bet £10, win £110.00|
|THE DRAW||29.00 with||Bet £10, win £290.00|
|AUSTRALIA||5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
ARGENTINA v AUSTRALIA PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Argentina @ 11.00
- Winning Margin: Argentina 1-5 points @ 7.00
- Total Tries: Under 4.5 tries @ 1.83
- First scoring play: Argentina penalty @ 2.75
Price boosts: AUSTRALIA 4/1 or ARGENTINA 10/1 to win!
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