Argentina and France collide in a mouth-watering World Cup final clash on Sunday (as we predicted more than one month ago in our World Cup outright tips article!). Will Leo Messi finally win the World Cup trophy he surely deserves? Or will his PSG team-mate Kylian Mbappè grab his second World Cup at the age of 23? This article contains our Argentina vs France predictions, a complete betting preview with expert tips, line-ups, team news, how to watch the match on TV, highest odds and sign-up offers!
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The World Cup final contest between Argentina and France will take place on Sunday, December 18.
Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar is the allocated arena for this epic clash.
Argentina vs France will be shown LIVE on both BBC One and ITV 1 in the UK. Coverage on BBC One is set to commence from 2pm UK time while ITV 1 get their show on the road from 1:30pm UK time.
Argentina vs France Betting Preview
Argentina defeated Croatia 2-1 in the semifinal in a dominant display last Tuesday. Priot to that, Lionel Scaloni's men beat the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties in the quarter finals following a 2-2 draw after extra time. Messi has inspired Argentina throughout what will be his last World Cup but it just hasn’t been the brilliance of Lionel Messi that’s gotten Argentina to the final, as Man City's Julian Alvarez has scored a brace in the semi-final.
France managed to beat high-flying Morocco 2-0 in their semi-final, courtesy of goals scored by Theo Hernandez and Randa Kolo Muani on fortunate deflections. The win came at the Al Bayt Stadium, the same venue where Les Blues defeated England 2-1 last weekend. As a result, Didier Deschamps' men have won their last seven knockout stage games at the World Cup. Les Bleus can now become only the third team to win consecutive World Cups, joining Italy and Brazil. They have been less convincing than they were in Russia four years ago as they impressed up front but have been a bit shaky at the back. Against Marocco, France has preserved a clean sheet for the first time in the tournament.
The match is brimming with superstars and contenders for the coveted Golden Boot award, including Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe (both 5 goals), plus Julián Álvarez and Olivier Giroud (4 goals each).
Argentina and France have faced each other 12 times as the South American side dominated the fixture with six wins and three losses. Kylian Mbappe's second-half double sent Argentina crashing out of the World Cup when the sides last met in 2018, a thrilling game that concluded with a 4-3 victory for France.
The top UK's betting sites basically can't split the two teams. Argentina are 15/5 to win in 90 minutes with Betfred while France are 37/20 to win with BetUK. The draw is backable at 21/10 with QuinnBet.
Argentina (4-4-2): E.Martinez; Acuna, Otamendi, Romero, Molina; Paredes, Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Alvarez, Messi
Argentina will have Marco Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel back from suspension after they missed out on the semi-final win against Croatia. The midfield quartet of Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo de Paul, Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Paredes will retain their starting berth. Julian Alvarez has been outstanding in support of star Lionel Messi and will get the nod over Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez. At the back Cristian Romero will partner Nicolas Otamendi at the heart.
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; T.Hernandez, Konatè, Varane, Koundè; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Griezmann, Dembelè, Mbappè; Giroud
Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano had to sit out against Morocco but they are expected to recover in time to start here. Otherwise, Ibrahima Konate and Youssouf Fofana might step in again after impressing against Morocco. Up top Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud will all retain their starting berth. In midfield, Aurelien Tchouameni has been superb playing in the holding role so far and will surely feature from the off.
Argentina v France Predictions
We expect a very levelled and hard-fought final. Both teams have quality to trouble their opponents. Argentina’s defence lacks the pace to cope with Mbappe while Messi and Julian Alvarez have the skills to penetrate Les Blues' defensive line.
Having lost just once in the last 42 matches, Argentina are more than hopeful of bringing their people the third World Cup in their history.
As a result, we back Argentina to lift the trophy but we expect a draw in regular-time. The match might be decided in extra-time and eventually on penalties.
The correct score after 90 minutes could be a 1-1 or a 2-2 draw. Anyway, World Cup finals are usually low scoring affairs, hence we prefer the 1-1 scoreline.
With Mbappè playing on his side, Marcos Acuna is the main candidate to be booked.
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