Two of the most successful teams in World Cup history will meet on Sunday in the World Cup Final on FOX, as Argentina takes on France. Both teams will be looking to win their third World Cup title, as only Brazil, Germany and Italy have more World Cup titles. Lionel Messi will be looking to win his first World Cup, while France will be looking to do something that has not been done in 60 years and that is defend a World Cup title. Brazil was the last team to win consecutive World Cups, as they took the title in 1958 and in 1962. Argentina and France met four years ago in the Round of 16 and it was a high scoring match that France ended up winning by a score of 4-3.
Let’s look at World Cup Final picks.
World Cup Final
Argentina vs. France
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM Eastern
Venue: Lusail Stadium, Al Daayen, Qatar
FIFA World Cup Final Betting Odds
Total 2 (over -122)
TEAM TO LIFT THE TROPHY
Argentina vs. France
The loss to Saudi Arabia for Argentina looks now to be the best thing to have happened to the team. They got a kick in the pants and have played like they are capable of playing. They rolled over Mexico and Poland to get out of the group stage and then got past Australia in the Round of 16 before surviving a blown lead to win in penalties against Netherlands. The semifinal win against Croatia was over early. Argentina has been getting strong play from Messi and Julian Alvarez and each will need to be a factor on Sunday if Argentina is going to win. There is no question that Argentina will face their toughest test yet against the defending champs.
France rolled through their group with the only loss coming in a meaningless game against Tunisia. The Round of 16 match was an easy win for France over Poland but the quarterfinal match against England was tough. The semifinal match against Morocco was really nothing more than a formality, as France had too many weapons for Morocco.
France can score plenty of goals, as they are led by Mbappe but they also have Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann.
Argentina vs. France World Cup Final Picks
Can Messi finally come through in the clutch for Argentina? He is definitely playing at a high level right now, but France has been here before and they have plenty of star power of their own. Oddsmakers seem to be giving Argentina more credit than perhaps they deserve simply because they expect the public to bet on Messi finally winning a World Cup. Perhaps Argentina will win, but France has looked like the better team and getting them at a pick to win the World Cup has some value. That begin said, the better play by far is the total.
I am shocked that the total on this game is just two. Both teams have shown throughout the World Cup that they can score goals and each has more than one scoring option, as Argentina has Messi and Alvarez, while France has Mbappe and Giroud. I don’t know that either of these keepers can be trusted. Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez has played well but historically he has not always been consistent and it is not like he has faced a ton of shots in this year’s World Cup. On the other side, Hugo Lloris has the better pedigree but he has shown some weaknesses this year. I know that oftentimes in a final you will see teams take a more cautious approach, but neither Argentina nor France is a team that will sit back and wait for chances. I expect each team to press the pace and put pressure on the opposing keeper. I’ll go over the total in Sunday’s World Cup Final.
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