Argentina vs. France odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions

Argentina Nigeria World Cup 2018

"He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona", Umtiti said during the lead-up to the Round of 16 match, according to Reuters. For the key fixture against Argentina, France certainly will bring Pogba back, who is in a form to trouble a so far-clumsy Argentine midfield.

"It's often hard to be at such a level of Leo, he's a real shining light for us all, we have to play bearing in mind his capacity, playing as close to his level as we can". But as we saw in the Euros, some teams who looked good during the group stage were later knocked out.

France and Argentina will officially kick things off in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

"Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi", said the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship-winning former captain.

Sergio Aguero led the line in the first two games, against Iceland and Croatia, before Gonzalo Higuain got the nod in the last group game as Argentina finally picked up three points. "He knows all the passion I put into everything I do", Sampaoli said.

But with Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo racing ahead in the scoring charts on four goals so far, and England's Harry Kane on five goals in just two matches, Messi risks finishing this World Cup with a whimper.

"Kylian has huge quality and potential, he's fast, explosive and needs space".

"Now, I see him a lot more comfortable now".

Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0).

France's team, whose average age is 25, will be looking to awake from their recent slumber and Sampaoli, whose side's average age is 30, underlined the danger of allowing the France to dictate play.

Di Maria is yet to score in Russian Federation but does have 19 global goals.

The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978. That win did not stop the criticism under Sampaoli, and now this will be the team's biggest challenge: to face a true contender, one filled with world-class players on both ends of the pitch. France, however, has looked like a solid squad.

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really.

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