Argentina vs France : Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe the thrilling heavyweight finish that this sensational 2022 World Cup has deserved.
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The Defending Champions France are once again on the verge of becoming champions. They have been lethal and clinical with their performances right throughout the tournament.
Lionel Messi is one win away from achieving his life long dream of becoming world champions. Messi won the Super Copa championship this year.
Argentina’s journey to the final has been a roller coaster ride. They lost their opening match to Saudi Arabia and had to win the other two games to qualify for the round of 16.
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Argentina are competing in their 6th final at the FIFA world cup behind Germany who reached the finals 8 times. Argentina won the title two times in 1978 and 1986. If they lose the match they will join Germany for the most losses in the worldcup finals.
France are competing in their 4th world cup final. They reached the finals in (1998, 2006 and 2018). They managed to win the title in 2018. If France can win the title they will become the third team to win the title in back-to-back world cups after Italy ( 1934 and 1938) and Brazil ( 1958 and 1962).
This will be the 4th time Argentina and France face off against each other. Argentina won three matches and lost one in the 2018 FIFA world cup to Les Bleus 3-4 in the round of 16.
Overall this will be their 13th meeting in all competitions. Argentina lost their last 3 matches to France and won the rest. France has been unbeaten against the South American football giants in their last three meetings.
France are unbeaten in their last 10 world cup matches against a South American nation. Their last defeat against a South American nation was way back in 1978 when Argentina defeated France 2-1 in the group stage.
This is the 11th time a South American nation and European nation are battling in the Finals of the World Cup. South American sides lifted the trophy on 7 occasions. Argentina was the only team to lose twice against a European nation ( against Germany in 1990 & 2014).
Argentina vs France Probable Starting XI
Argentina: Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Martínez, Acuña; De Paul, Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez
France : Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Konate, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Fofana; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
Argentina vs France Predictions and Betting Odds
It is hard to predict who the winner of the final would be. According to FIFa rankings it is the battle of no 3 and no 4 teams, but the best and most deserving teams made it to the finals.
Argentina can match the speed and high athletic ability of France. Mbappe has been France’s leading goal scorer in the competition with 5 goals. Messi is at the top of his game in the world cup with 5 goals and the contender for the Golden boot.
- Argentina vs. France spread: Argentina -0.5 (+160)
- Argentina vs. France over/under: 2.5 goals
- Argentina vs. France money line (90 minutes) : Argentina +170, France +180, Draw +200
- Argentina vs. France to lift the trophy: Argentina -118, France -105