Wednesday, October 9

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Argentina vs USA (3:45pm AEDT)
Argentina (-20.5)

Argentina’s World Cup campaign will draw to a close when they line up opposite the USA on Wednesday.

A tight loss to France first-up all appeared to decide Argentina’s fate, and they were unable to go with England in the second half of their most-recent match on Saturday night. This looms as a great opportunity for the proud Rugby Championship nation to score a big consolation win over a lowly opponent.

I have no doubt that Argentina will win this match and that the USA are massively under the odds at $8. The 20.5-point line looks very manageable for Los Pumas.

Scotland vs Russia (6:15pm AEDT)
Scotland (-32.5)

Scotland will attempt to keep alive their chances of survival when they play Pool A minnows Russia in the evening game.

A hefty loss to Ireland first-up was responded to with a classy performance and win over Samoa last week. They still have this match and one with the tournament hosts ahead, and a win in both would carry them a long way towards progression.

Russia’s tournament was essentially over before it started, and it is tough imagining them taking much from this final hit-out. Scotland have everything to play for and should be winning comfortably.

Wales vs Fiji (8:45pm AEDT)
Highest Scoring Half '2nd' ($1.73)

The Wednesday night action will draw to a close in Oita when Wales look to take another big step towards topping Pool D, at the expense of the extremely disappointing Fiji.

The Welsh probably haven’t been at their best at the Rugby World Cup, but they’ve still recorded two wins from as many starts and should only improve into this contest.

A loss to the Wallabies first-up was understandable, but Fiji’s inability to overcome tournament minnows Uruguay has summed up their campaign. They did comfortably beat Georgia at their most-recent appearance, but that form simply cannot be trusted leading into this.

I think Fiji can compete for around 40 or 50 minutes, but with then struggle.