A crucial final group stage match will unfold Wednesday afternoon from Paris as both Scotland and Argentina have hopes of advancing. In order to do that, both teams will likely be gunning hard for the full three-point victory, which should produce an exciting encounter.
The Scots have to enter this match-up feeling a bit hard done by so far at the Women’s World Cup. Two narrow defeats to powerful English and Japanese sides have left this plucky group with zero points, despite the fact that they’ve played quite well. Entering the competition their personal goal was to advance past the group stage and with a victory and some goal-differential against Argentina – they might just have a shot.
Conversely, the Argentinians will by no means roll over for Scotland. Once considered by far the weakest side in the group, Argentina has done quite well handling their own challenges with England and Japan, even drawing the Japanese in their previous game. They know a victory very likely gets them into the round of 16 via an impressive third-place record, which would be a monumental achievement for the country.
With all that’s on the line come Wednesday, this should be an intense and offensively-charged matchup between Scotland and Argentina. The results have been better of late, so please read on below the odds for a more detailed breakdown, analysis, and betting pick for this crucial Group D showdown.
Scotland vs. Argentina Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-112)
Under 2.5 (-108)
Scotland -1 (+107)
Argentina +1 (-127)
Scotland vs. Argentina Pick:
It will be do-or-die for both sides in Paris, and Shelley Kerr’s Scottish girls will certainly be geared up for the challenge that awaits. Many pundits agreed that a potential advancing third-place side from this group would mean it’d come down to this final match, and sure enough it will.
One interesting aspect of this game is how the Argentinians will play. They’ve been surprisingly successful so far in France, but mostly because of the ultra-defensive tactics they employ. In this clash, they need to win and will surelyneed to open things up a bit more. Due to this, anticipate Argentina being a little more uncertain with their own tactics, structure, and positioning, which could give the Scottish the opening they need.
Expect Scotland’s attacking quality to finally shine through and score the crucial first goal in this match. Once that occurs, Argentina will need to come back harder, while the Scots will continue pushing for a better goal-differential to enhance their own chance of advancing into the round of 16.
Look for the Scottish attacking talent to win out early. Argentina lack the same athleticism and pace of England and Japan, and with both teams pushing forward, this could get the Argentinians into precarious positions, forcing them to be exploited in space or out wide. Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert has looked great in the first two matches up front, but has yet to be rewarded. Look for her to find the back of the net at least once in this fixture.
Anticipate Argentina looking lost and overmatched in playing a game they aren’t accustomed to, and a talented Scottish side should take advantage. I see a comfortable victory for Scotland and with goals being needed by both sides, the Over 2.5 also looks like some good side value. Enjoy the match!