Argentina face a must-win match against Chile in Pool D at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday (2pm BST).
The tournament’s first ever clash between two South American nations is one the Pumas cannot afford to lose in their quest to avoid successive pool-stage exits.
Argentina vs Chile Betting Tips
- Argentina to win by 41-45 points @ 15/2 with Bet365
- Agustin Creevy and Juan Imhoff to score anytime @ TBC
No slip-ups from Argentina
Having already lost to England in their opening match, another defeat just simply will not do for Argentina.
The Pumas responded well in their 19-10 win over Samoa, and you would fully expect them to make it back-to-back victories here.
Their opponents Chile are fresh from a 71-0 rout against England. Los Condores have endured a real baptism of fire on their World Cup debut, having conceded at least 40 points in each of their three matches.
Argentina will certainly fancy matching those tallies and they could ideally do with a bonus point to boost their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
It will likely all come down to their showdown with Japan next week, and they will want to build as much momentum as possible here.
No substitute for experience
As expected, Michael Cheika has named a much-changed Argentina starting XV from their victory over Samoa last time out, mixing youth with experience.
Indeed, six of the starting XV are aged 30 or older including veteran hooker Agustin Creevy.
Creevy is set to become the Pumas’ joint most-capped World Cup player as he makes his 18th appearance – moving level with Mario Ledesma Arocena – while he is also the tournament’s fourth-oldest player at 38 years and 199 days old.
He and Juan Imhoff are two Argentinian stalwarts who will be looking to make their marks on what you would expect to be their final World Cup, so it may be worth a punt on them getting on the scoresheet here.
Tip: Agustin Creevy and Juan Imhoff to score anytime @ TBC
Argentina vs Chile team news
Michael Cheika has opted to rest key players with that Japan game in mind. Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti, Eduardo Bello and Juan Martin González are the only four players to retain their places from the win over Samoa.
Argentina: Martin Bogado, Rodrigo Isgro, Lucio Cinti, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Joel Sclavi, Agustin Creevy, Eduardo Bello, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Pedro Rubiolo, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Marcos Kremer, Facundo Isa.
Replacements: Ignacio Ruiz, Mayco Vivas, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Matias Alemanno, Joaquin Oviedo, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Santiago Carreras, Juan Cruz Mallia.
Pablo Lemoine has made eight changes from Chile’s drubbing by England as his side look to bow out in style.
Chile: Inaki Ayarza, Santiago Videla, Domingo Saavedra, Matias Garafulic, Jose Ignacio Larenas, Rodrigo Fernandez, Marcelo Torrealba; Javier Carrasco, Augusto Bohme, Matias Dittus, Santiago Pedrero, Javier Eissman, Martin Sigren, Clemente Saavedra, Raimundo Martinez.
Replacements: Tomas Dussaillant, Salvador Leus, Esteban Inostroza, Augusto Sarmiento, Alfonso Escobar, Ignacio Silva, Nicolas Herreros, Francisco Urroz.