5 reasons why France will beat Argentina

Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal against Nigeria at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg

France have a number of options to limit Lionel Messi's influence in their round of 16 clash against Argentina coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.

This is the first fixture at the 2018 World Cup that pairs two previous World Cup champions against each other. France enters this marquee matchup at +135 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on a French victory to win $135.

#1 You got Messi, we have Kante and many othersKante and Messi are key players for their teams.

Just as France know the threat of Messi, Argentina coach Sampaoli is fully aware of the dangers of an on-form France - led by Paris St Germain teenager Kylian Mbappe.

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Six Argentina players (Ever Banega, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Otamendi) and three France players (Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso) are one booking away from a one-match ban.

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"This is going to be a big match, and a hard one, we are going to have to step up our level". "He's got outstanding qualities", he said, according to the Daily Express.

Argentina lead 6-3 against France in global tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies.

Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002.

Argentina's talisman burst into life against Nigeria, scoring a brilliant goal in a 2-1 win to help the Albiceleste seal qualification after a disastrous start to the tournament.

"I dream of an Argentina that plays with passion but also dominates with the football", he said. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0. In the three group stage games, they managed to score only three goals and their final game against Denmark ended in a goal-less draw. I've seen something from France that tells me they could click at some point, however, I look at Argentina and they are an old team. France is a young team, which is not an excuse - it is the reality.

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really. That win did not stop the criticism under Sampaoli, and now this will be the team's biggest challenge: to face a true contender, one filled with world-class players on both ends of the pitch.

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