Rugby World Cup Preview: Argentina vs New Zealand Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Oct 20)
- New Zealand looking to reach a third World Cup final in four editions
- Argentina bidding to upset the odds and reach a first ever World Cup final
After a pulsating quarterfinal round in the Rugby World Cup, all the attention turns towards two stunning semi-finals this weekend. New Zealand will be the clear favorites to become the first nation to book their spot in the Paris showpiece on Friday, as they take on Argentina.
How To Watch
- When: Friday, October 20, 2023. 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Stade de France, Paris, France
- How To Watch: Peacock
The first of two Rugby World Cup semi-finals this weekend at the Stade de France will see three-time champions New Zealand take on Argentina. The All Blacks have been in stunning form since losing their opening match of the tournament against France. New Zealand were involved in one of the best World Cup matches we have ever seen last weekend, as they out-battled the top-ranked nation in the world to overcome Ireland.
Mark Telea is the big decision made by New Zealand, as the winger returns after being dropped for last weekend’s stunning win over Ireland. Telea is one of 12 players that will feature for New Zealand that also played in their semi-final defeat against England four years ago.
Argentina have already defied expectations to reach this stage of the competition, but they could make history this weekend by reaching a first World Cup final. The South American nation finished second in Pool D, with their only loss coming on matchday one against England in Marseille.
Argentina were excellent in the previous round, as they came back from behind to land victory in dramatic fashion against Wales by a 29-17 scoreline. Emiliano Boffelli scored two conversions and kicked four penalties in that win over the European nation. But, this remains a huge challenge against an in-form All Blacks.
Argentina vs New Zealand Prediction
New Zealand looked better than ever against Ireland last weekend, and they look extremely good value to book their third final spot in four editions of the tournament this weekend. A chance could be taken on the All Blacks to cover the spread on Friday.