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New Zealand vs Argentina Rugby Championship Tips - Back Pumas to cover line

  • Rugby Championship match will take place at Cbus Stadium in the Gold Coast on Sunday (08:05 BST)
  • New Zealand walloped Argentina 38-0 in their last meeting
  • Argentina beat New Zealand for the first time in 2020
  • New Zealand have won their last 6 matches
  • Argentina are unbeaten in 6 of their last 9 matches
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Argentina and New Zealand square off in the Gold Coast on Sunday. (Jaimi Joy/Getty Images)
Argentina have the forward pack to trouble the All Blacks this weekend which should ensure a reasonably tight affair. 

My best bet is for Argentina to finish within 23 points of New Zealand. The All Blacks are unbeaten in 2021 and are top of the Rugby Championship table at the moment. After two matches they have 10 points, one point ahead of South Africa.

Over the last month New Zealand have regained the Bledisloe Cup for the 18th consecutive year. They beat Australia 33-25 in the first match and it only got better from there.

The second fixtures against the Wallabies doubled up as the opening Rugby Championship match. New Zealand thrashed Australia 57-22.

Last week New Zealand continued their fine form, winning 38-21 against Australia. It was another commanding performance but most of their opportunities came through poor Aussie errors.

Argentina came within a whisker of upsetting all the odds by winning the Rugby Championship last season. Unfortunately their last result, a 38-0 defeat to New Zealand cost them that opportunity.

Regardless, Los Pumas have had a very good 12 months. They drew twice against Australia last year and got their first ever win against the All Blacks.

This season hasn’t started as well. Argentina lost both their opening Rugby Championship matches to the world champions, South Africa.

The first match saw the Springboks win 32-12 and the second 29-10. Argentina were poor in both fixtures but will hope to regain some of their 2020 form this weekend.

New Zealand have won 29 of their 31 previous matches against Argentina. Until last year, the best result Argentina could manage was a 21-21 draw in 1985.

During the Tri Nations in 2020, Argentina got their first ever win (25-15) over the All Blacks. New Zealand bounced back to win 38-0 the following week.

Verdict

Argentina have been very competitive against New Zealand in recent years. I can see this trend continuing with Argentina backed to lose by less than 23 points.

Best Bet: Argentina +23.5 Line $1.91 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit
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