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Argentina and France will meet in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. France are playing in their second consecutive World Cup Final match, and Les Bleus have the chance to win the tournament for the second straight World Cup. 

No team has won consecutive World Cup trophies since Brazil did the feat in 1958 and 1962. Only two teams have won the World Cup in consecutive tournaments before. Italy and Brazil are the two teams to previously win back-to-back tournaments. 

Argentina last reached the final of the World Cup in 1990, losing to West Germany 1-0. La Albiceleste won the World Cup in 1986 thanks to the brilliance of Diego Maradona. Now, Argentina have Lionel Messi leading them into the final. Can Messi replicate the feats of Maradona from the 1980s?

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on Argentina winning at full-time are 9/5. France are at odds of 7/4 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 2/1. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.  

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To lift the trophy: Argentina


It seems like destiny that Argentina will lift the World Cup trophy. Messi will play his final World Cup match in the final and bring his career in the tournament to an end. 

Argentina’s only flaw in the FIFA World Cup was their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. La Albiceleste haven’t been great at the tournament, although they defeated Croatia rather easily 3-0 in the semifinal. Argentina are coming off winning the Copa America in 2021. It was Messi’s first Copa America trophy win. La Albiceleste followed up the win by claiming the Finalissima trophy in London, defeating Italy 3-0.

France have done enough in the knockout stages to reach the final. Les Bleus defeated England and Morocco in hard-fought matches. 

France won their most recent match against Argentina 4-3, as the teams played in the 2018 edition of the World Cup. France went on to win the tournament. Sunday is Argentina’s chance to get revenge. La Albiceleste have a head-to-head record of 6W-3D-3L against France dating back to 1930. 

Our betting tips prediction is for Argentina to lift the trophy. It could take extra time or penalties for the trophy to go to Argentina. 

Both teams to score in the first half: NO  


The first half of matches in the FIFA World Cup have mostly been low scoring. Five of France’s six games in the World Cup went into halftime with both teams not scoring goals. 

All six of Argentina’s matches in the FIFA World Cup finished with both teams not scoring in the first half. The Argentines have done well in the first half of matches defensively. 

Argentina will try to dominate possession with France aiming to hit on the counter-attack throughout the first half. The 2022 FIFA World Cup saw 55% of its games go to full-time with both teams not scoring goals. The number rises significantly when considering just the first half. 

Our betting tips prediction is for both teams not to score in the first half between Argentina and France.

Total goals: Under 3.5 goals 


The final should be a thriller with the potential of both teams combining for goals. Five of Argentina’s six games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finished with under 3.5 goals scored. France saw four of their six games in the tournament end with under 3.5 goals scored. 

The World Cup had 55% of its games after the semifinals end with under 2.5 goals. The tournament’s matches average 2.6 goals per game. However, the majority of those goals came in fixtures that saw a high number of goals. 

The first half of the match should see Argentina and France attempting to feel each other out. Ten of the 12 all-time games between Argentina and France ended with under 3.5 goals. The teams’ previous fixture played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw seven goals combined. This time, it should end with fewer goals scored between the two teams. 

Lionel Messi to score anytime


Lionel Messi is the co-leader in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot race. Messi has five goals in six games at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Flea has carried Argentina to the final. Argentina would not be in the championship game without Messi’s goals and play. 

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was brilliant in the semifinal against Croatia. He scored the game’s opening goal from the penalty spot before cutting through the Croatian defence to create goals for Julian Alvarez. 

Our betting tips prediction is for Lionel Messi to score a 97th career international goal for Argentina. It will be fitting for Messi to score in the final and cap off his Argentina career. 

Kylian Mbappe to score anytime


Which player is tied with Messi for the 2022 FIFA Golden Boot award? Kylian Mbappe is the co-leader in the race for the top goalscorer award along with Messi. The Paris Saint-Germain striker will go head-to-head with his teammate for the World Cup trophy and the Golden Boot award. 

Adding both Messi to score anytime and Mbappe to score anytime raises the odds significantly. Mbappe hasn’t scored in France’s last two games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He could get back on the scoresheet and attempt to inspire France in the final. 

If Mbappe scores and wins the Golden Boot, he could also lift the Golden Ball award, as the tournament’s best player. In contrast, Messi could win the Golden Ball if he can lift the World Cup trophy. Our betting tips prediction is for Mbappe to score anytime for France.