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Never before have two South American teams gone head to head in a Rugby World Cup fixture but that is exactly what will happen on Saturday afternoon in Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire as Argentina take on Chile. ‘Los Pumas’ (Argentina) come into this game five points behind Japan in second place whereas ‘Los Comodores’ (Chile) have lost all three of their fixtures in this their first Rugby World Cup appearance.
Argentina vs Chile match predictions
With Chile sitting bottom of Pool D after having conceded 156 points and only scoring 22 of their own, Argentina are heavy favourites to emerge as the victors in this South American derby.
Argentina to win with a -46 point handicap @ 1/1 (2.00)
This will be 40th full international between the two countries and Argentina have won all 39 of the previous games! Not only have they won each fixture, they have dominated the opposition on every occasion with the last three head to heads yielding scores of 73-12, 85-10 and 59-6. Los Pumas have been rebuilding their confidence after being beaten by 14-man England in their opener and this game should be the perfect opportunity to do more of the same.
Juan Imhoff to be first try scorer @ 6/1 (7.00)
Although Chile scored the first try in their opening two matches against Japan and Samoa, they were off the pace against England and registered zero points. Although we expect Chile to find some additional energy for this clash against their South American friends, we still predict a heavy defeat. Juan Imhoff has been a consistent try scorer across his career and we are backing the Argentine left-winger to open the scoring in Nantes.
Argentina to find their stride against their weary continental neighbours
With a spot in the quarter final stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup still very much up for grabs for Argentina, we expect them to dominate throughout Saturday’s match.
With South American pride up for grabs as well as potential bonus points, head coach Michael Cheika has kept four of his key players from the win over Samoa last weekend in his XV for this game. However, with 11 new players in the side, we can expect an energetic performance from Argentina.
Argentina last five:
Argentina 19-10 Samoa
England 27-10 Argentina
Spain 3-62 Argentina
Argentina 13-24 South Africa
South Africa 22-21 Argentina
Expectations were low for Chile ahead of their debut Rugby World Cup appearance but they have made many friends and received plenty of plaudits for their gutsy displays in their first two matches of the tournament. We anticipate they will look to play in a positive manner in this game.
Chile last five:
England 71-0 Chile
Samoa 43-10 Chile
Japan 42-12 Chile
Chile 26-28 Namibia
Uruguay 26-25 Chile
Date & Time: Saturday 30th September, 14:00 UK time
Venue: Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
How to watch in UK: ITV will be showing all the live action from this South American rugby derby.
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