England v Argentina Prediction, Preview & Odds – Rugby World Cup
We have an England v Argentina prediction along with all the betting odds for you as we preview this massive Rugby World Cup Pool D clash.
England v Argentina Match Info
When? 8.00 pm, Saturday, 9th September
Where? Stade Vélodrome, Marseille.
TV Channel? RTÉ 2, ITV 1
England v Argentina Betting Odds
|England v Argentina Betting Odds – 2023 Rugby World Cup
The odds makers cannot separate the sides with both England and Argentina available at 10/11 in the betting odds. The draw can be backed at 18/1.
England v Argentina Preview
World Number 6 ranked England enter the 2023 World Cup in rather poor form for their high standards and expectation levels. They finished fourth in the most recent Six Nations campaign with only two wins to go with three defeats.
That extended their poor run of form in the competition. Since their 2020 Six Nations success they’ve come fifth in 2021 and third in 2022.
In the first of their World Cup warm-ups, they had a disappointing 20-9 defeat against an out-of-form Wales. However, England avenged that a week later by claiming a narrow 19-17 home victory against the Welsh.
Their warm-up form spiralled further after that however. They were comfortably beaten 29-10 by Ireland which was followed by a shock 22-30 defeat against Fiji. This showcased again that this is a far-from-vintage England team.
Steve Borthwick has only been Head Coach since the 19th of December after taking over from Eddie Jones and there is little sign of him turning his fortunes around just yet. With that said, a win here in this Pool D opener could be just the catalyst that this England team needs.
We previewed England’s Rugby World Cup odds and chances in a recent post which you can find here.
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World Number 8 Argentina are making their tenth World Cup appearance this September. The country’s best-ever finish in the competition is third place which they achieved back in 2007.
Argentina have had in-different form in 2023 in terms of results with two wins from six matches but that doesn’t tell the full story.
The Pumas opened their 2023 Rugby Championship campaign losing their opening game 12-41 to New Zealand. They bounced back well though a week later as they earned a well-fought narrow victory 31-34 against Australia. They finished that tournament with a narrow 22-21 loss against South Africa who are many people’s fancy to retain the Webb Ellis trophy this autumn.
The Argentinians began their World Cup warm-ups a week later when they were again beaten by South Africa. This time it wasn’t as close with the final score reading 13-24.
Their final game in advance of this tournament was a 3-62 win against Spain which probably doesn’t tell us much but at the least can’t be viewed as a negative.
Argentina’s competitive form in the whole has many tipping Michael Cheika’s side as potential surprise packages in France this autumn.
You can read a more in-depth preview of Argentina’s World Cup chances and odds in this post.
England Starting Lineup
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 7, 2023
Argentina Starting Lineup
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— Los Pumas (@lospumas) September 7, 2023
Key Players To Watch
There is not much that needs to be said about Manu (32) that hasn’t been said before. He is one of the most explosive centres in World Rugby when on form and he should have a big part to play for England at the weekend after being named in the Starting 15.
Remember that time Manu Tuilagi dump tackled 153kg tighthead prop Ben Tameifuna? pic.twitter.com/L3jbSXdhVD
— Andrew Forde (@andrewfrugby) June 19, 2023
My man to watch for Argentina is fourth favourite to be the Top-Scorer at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, winger/full-back Emiliano Boffelli. The 28-year-old has scored 273 points for his country in 53 caps and looks another likely contender for the prize.
If Argentina are to get a crucial win over England to kick off their World Cup campaign then Boffelli will be key.
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Argentina find a way over the line as Emiliano Boffelli produces an incredible finish from a Santiago Carreras cross-kick.
— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) September 18, 2021
England v Argentina Head-To-Head Results
These two teams have played each other twenty-five times. England have won 19 of those matches, Argentina have five wins while there’s one draw between the two nations.
In the Rugby World Cup England and Argentina have faced off three times with England winning all of those games.
Here are the last five results between these two teams:
England 29 – 30 Argentina | November 6, 2022 | Twickenham, England
England 39 – 10 Argentina | October 5, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan
England 21 – 8 Argentina | November 11, 2017 | Twickenham, England
Argentina 25 – 35 England | June 17, 2017 | Santa Fe, Argentina
Argentina 34 – 38 England | June 10, 2017 | San Juan, Argentina
England v Argentina Prediction & Best Bet
Prediction: England 25-18 Argentina
England are in poor form and a lot is being made of this Argentinian side so this could be an extremely close contest (as shown by the identical odds across the board).
I still think England should edge this one, on the big stage I expect them to put in a big performance.
Enjoy this post? Then you’ll probably also want to check out our Ireland v Romania preview post in one of the other big games this Saturday at the Rugby World Cup.
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