Japan v Argentina Prediction, Preview & Odds – Rugby World Cup
We have a Japan v Argentina prediction along with the betting odds for you ahead of their huge Pool Stage clash on Sunday.
How To Watch Japan v Argentina
When? 12pm (noon), Sunday, 8th October
Where? Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
TV Channel? RTÉ 2 & ITV1
Japan v Argentina Betting Odds
|Japan v Argentina Betting Odds – Rugby World Cup|
Argentina are the big favourites going into this game at odds of 1/7. Japan on the other hand are not without a chance at 9/2 in the match betting although they will need to pull off an upset. The draw has been priced up at 33/1.
Japan: +14 @ 10/11
Argentina: -14 @ 10/11
Handicap Draw: +14 @ 18/1
Japan v Argentina Preview
World Number 12 Japan are appearing at their tenth ever Rugby World Cup, coming off the back of their best-ever performance in 2019, where they made a run to the Quarter-Final, winning four out of four matches in Pool A against Ireland, Scotland, Samoa and Russia before coming unstuck to South Africa.
Despite their 2019 heroics, Japan came into this tournament in poor form. Japan started their season with a 22-24 defeat against Samoa along with a 21-16 victory against Tonga. Their remaining two warm-up fixtures were a 12-35 defeat against Fiji and a 42-21 defeat against Japan.
Japan opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 42-12 victory over Chile which was the perfect start to their tournament that was followed by a 34-12 defeat against England with their most recent fixture being a hugely important 28-22 win over Samoa.
Jamie Joseph has been in charge of Japan since 2016 but recently announced his intention to step down as Japan’s Head coach following the World Cup.
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World Number 9 Argentina are making their tenth World Cup appearance in September, with their best-ever finish being third place in 2007. Argentina have been indifferent in 2023 in terms of results with two wins from six matches but that doesn’t tell the full story.
Argentina opened their 2023 Rugby Championship campaign losing their opening game 12-41 to New Zealand but a week later they earned a well-fought narrow victory 31-34 against Australia. They ended their tournament with a narrow 22-21 loss against South Africa.
Although their World Cup warm-ups started a week later when they were again beaten by South Africa this time 13-24 their final game in advance of the tournament was a 3-62 win against Spain.
Argentina opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a disappointing 27-10 defeat against England. However, that was followed by a 19-10 win over Samoa and a 59-5 victory over Chile to put themselves in contention to get out of the Pool with a victory in this game.
Key Players To Watch
The Japanese Fly-Half has been in excellent form throughout the tournament, opening his campaign by hitting 6/6 conversions in their 42-12 victory over Chile. He continued his perfect record making 4/4 conversions in their loss against England.
Against Samoa he was brilliant again hitting 3/3 penalties and despite missing his first conversion of the tournament making 2/3, he guided them to a 28-22 win over Samoa before going off late in the game.
The 𝙺𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙿𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 in action. 🏉
— Stats Perform (@StatsPerform) August 31, 2023
A man who entered the tournament as one of the favourites to be the Top-Scorer at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, is Argentinian Winger/Full-Back Emiliano Boffelli (28) who entered the tournament having scored 273 points for his country in 53 caps.
Against England, he made 1/1 conversion and 1/2 penalty attempts. Against Samoa, he scored a try, 1/1 conversions and 3/4 penalties in their 19-10 win before being rested for their victory against Chile. He will be back in the team for the weekend and has a major part to play.
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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
Japan v Argentina Rugby Results
Japan and Argentina played each other six times, Argentina have five wins and Japan have won once.
They first met in 1993 during the Japan Tour of Argentina where The Puma’s won 30-27 and 45-20. Their next game between them was a 44-29 victory over Japan in Tokyo in September 1998,
The highest-scoring win for Argentina was 68-36 in Buenos Aires in April 2005, while the biggest winning margin was 34 points in the 54-20 win in Tokyo in November 2016
Japan and Argentina have met once at the Rugby World Cup finals, in Cardiff in 1999.
Japan v Argentina Prediction & Best Bet
Prediction: Japan 17-21 Argentina
The “Winner Takes it All” in this one, victory for either side will mean a place in the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final.
Much was expected of Argentina before the competition commenced and despite flattering to deceive, they should have enough in this one to win out.
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