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A spot in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup will be on the line when Lionel Messi and Argentina take on Australia on Saturday in a Round of 16 match at the 2022 World Cup at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Ar-Rayyan, Qatar. After shockingly losing their tournament opener against Saudi Arabia, Argentina have rebounded with back-to-back wins over Mexico and Poland to win the group. They are looking to reach the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last five World Cups. Meanwhile Australia have never reached the quarterfinals in five previous World Cup appearances. The winner will advance to face the Netherlands. 

Kickoff is 2 p.m. ET. Argentina are the -420 favorites (risk $420 to win $100) in the latest Argentina vs. Australia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with the Australians the +950 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +525. Before making any Australia vs. Argentina picks or 2022 World Cup predictions, you need to see what SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton has to say.

Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine's top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 160-125-2 over his last 287 soccer picks this year, returning almost $2,000 for $100 bettors.

Now, Sutton has broken down Argentina vs. Australia from every angle and just revealed his 2022 World Cup picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Australia vs. Argentina:

  • Argentina vs. Australia spread: Argentina -1.5 (-130)
  • Argentina vs. Australia over/under: 2.5 goals 
  • Argentina vs. Australia money line: Argentina -420; Australia +950; Draw +525 
  • ARG: Lionel Messi has scored 93 goals in 117 matches with the national team 
  • AUS: The Socceroos rank fourth in the tournament in forward passing percentage (40) 
  • Argentina vs. Australia picks: See picks here

Why you should back Argentina

La Albiceleste have been in terrific form for over three years. Argentina entered the World Cup ranked No. 3 in the world and on a 36-match unbeaten streak that dated back to 2019. That included a win in the 2021 Copa America over Brazil. Saudi Arabia ended that unbeaten run in the group stage, but Messi & Co. have seemed to have rebounded with two wins since.

In addition, Argentina are the best passing team in the tournament. La Albiceleste rank first among all World Cup teams in passes attempted (1,992), passes completed (1,754), final third passes completed (550) and final third passes completed (443). They also rank third in passing accuracy (88%).

Why you should back Australia

The Socceroos have played well this year. In 12 matches so far in 2022, Australia have seven wins, two draws and three losses. Since the start of June, the team is 6-1-1, and the one draw was a World Cup qualification match that Australia won on penalty kicks.

In addition, the Australians are dangerous in transition. They have completed 71 long passes in Qatar, which is 23 more than Argentina have completed. The Socceroos also rank fourth in the tournament in forward passing percentage (40), which demonstrates their preference for direct play. 

How to make Australia vs. Argentina picks

Sutton has taken an in-depth look at Australia vs. Argentina. He is leaning Under on the goal total, and he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over two confident bets, both of which pay plus-money. He's only sharing his 2022 World Cup picks and analysis at SportsLine.

So where does all the betting value lie in Argentina vs. Australia? Visit SportsLine now to find out which wagers in Argentina vs. Australia have all the value, all from the SportsLine soccer insider who has returned almost $2,000 for $100 bettors, and find out.