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Argentina v France: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The nations ranked at world number four and seven go head-to-head in a two-Test international series as France travel to South America to take on Felipe Contepomi’s Argentina.

Fabien Galthie’s men finished second behind Ireland in the Six Nations earlier this year - a tournament that they could have won had they not drawn with Italy on matchday three - and they will be hoping to continue their strong record in Argentina, having won 22 of their 32 games there.

Los Pumas have not played since losing 26-23 to England in the third-place play-off at the Rugby World Cup last October, but they do possess a strong, experienced squad for this series and could cause Les Bleus a host of issues at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza on Saturday.

Argentina v France

Argentina v France betting tips and predictions

Argentina to win by 1-12 points - 6/4

Argentina produced their joint-second best ever performance at the Rugby World Cup as they finished fourth and home advantage could see them claim a hard-fought victory over a somewhat experimental France.

Only six members of Les Bleus' 42-man squad have played more than 10 times for their country - with Galthie avoiding players from clubs that qualified for the Top 14 final between Toulouse and Bordeaux.

Los Pumas meanwhile have a squad filled to the brim with international experience, with captain Julian Montoya, Gloucester’s Matias Alemanno and flanker Pablo Matera all nearing 100 caps for their country and available for selection for Contepomi.

Three of Argentina’s last four wins have come by no more than a 12-point margin while the last two head-to-heads have been decided within this margin as well. The Pumas could let their experience shine and they may end up on the right side of a tight affair in Mendoza.

Argentina to win both halves - 7/4

Argentina’s squad depth is likely to come in handy against France this weekend and they could get the better of Les Bleus in both 40-minute periods.

Three of Argentina’s last five victories have seen the Pumas win both halves - coming in heavy wins over Spain (62-3) and Chile (59-5) as well as in a slightly tighter affair against Japan in Nantes as they ran out 39-27 victors.

France have rarely been on the losing side in recent years, with just four defeats across their last 32 matches dating back to 2021, but two of these losses have seen the French fail to win either half.

If Argentina are at their best, they could prove too strong for Les Bleus across the entirety of the 80 minutes and, at 7/4, winning both halves looks a tempting prospect.

Argentina to score first - 8/11

Scoring first could be the key in deciding the outcome for this encounter and Argentina have shown they can get going from the off in recent performances and look a good bet to get the first points on the board.

The Pumas have broken the deadlock in six of their last eight matches - ending up on the winning side in four of those games - while France have been regular slow starters of late as Les Bleus scored first in just one of their five Six Nations matches in 2024.

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Argentina v France odds

Argentina - 8/15
Draw -
20/1
France -
8/5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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