Argentina v France World Cup Final Betting Preview 18/12/2022
Argentina and France will meet in the World Cup final on Sunday, so we need to write you a Argentina v France World Cup Final Betting Preview. The two sides have seen off tough opposition to get to the last hurdle in the elite competition. Argentina has had an up-and-down tournament, despite a comfortable semi-final win over Croatia last time out. France’s journey has been smoother and Les Blues will set their sights on consecutive World Cup wins. Both sides have extreme talent and the match is set to be a cracker. This fixture kicks off at 3 p.m and will be shown live on BBC and ITV.
Form and Team News
Argentina thrashed Croatia 3-0 in their semi-final match on Tuesday. Lionel Messi struck a first-half penalty before Julain Alvarez netted twice on either side of half time. The win followed a penalty victory against the Netherlands following a 2-2 draw after extra time. La Albiceleste also beat Australia in the round of 16 ties. France eliminated Morocco in their semi-final after a 2-0 win. Theo Hernandez scored after just five minutes and Kylian Mbappe added a second in the 79th minute. It was Les Blues’ third consecutive knockout win following victories over Poland (3-1) and England (2-1).
Looking at the team news, Argentina full-backs Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel are available after suspension. Lionel Scaloni otherwise has a fully fit squad. France duo Adrien Rabiot and defender Dayot Upamecano should return after recent illnesses. Striker Karim Benzema might also be available for the final.
Match Winner Betting Tips
Currently, the bookmakers have little between Argentina and France and a close encounter could take place. First, Argentina won four of their last five matches in the competition. However, the South American side suffered an opening match defeat to Saudi Arabia and was taken to extra time against the Netherlands. As a result, Argentina is a slight outsider at 21/10, offered by Sky Bet. France has been in solid form during the World Cup, winning five of their six matches. Their only defeat came in the group stages against Tunisia (1-0), but Didier Deschamps named a second-string side. Otherwise, Les Blues have impressed and the reigning champions are slightly favoured by the bookies. SBK is offering the best odds for France at 15/8. However, France has only beaten Argentina once in their previous three World Cup meetings. Also, with both sides in hard-to-beat form, we are tipping a draw within 90 minutes in the final. This potential result comes with good value and SBK is offering 19/10 odds for a stalemate.
BTTS Yes Bet
Argentina and France have serious attacking threats and both sides have hit the net plenty of times in the World Cup. As a result, we are backing a BTTS yes scoreline in the World Cup final. Argentina has scored seven goals in their three knockout games and seen BTTS in two of their last three. France has also been leaky, conceding in five of their last six World Cup games. Therefore, there is decent value in backing BetUK’s 21/20 odds for a BTTS yes scoreline on Sunday.
Anytime Goal scorer
The World Cup final is a grandstand for the footballing greats and two of them will take to the pitch for Argentina and France respectively. First, France’s Kylian Mbappe has lived up to the hype and scored five goals in the World Cup, including two in the knockout stages. At 9/4, VBet has the best value for Mbappe to strike again in the final, as he did in 2018. However, a moment like this is made for a player of Lionel Messi’s calibre. The Argentinian captain struck first against Croatia last time out and has five World Cup goals. In addition, Messi has scored in three consecutive knockout games and he is likely to hit again in the final. We are backing a Messi anytime goal and Unibet has the best value at 15/8 odds.
Our Argentina v France World Cup Final Betting Tips –
Matchwinner Bet – Draw – 19/10 with SBK
BTTS Bet – Yes – 21/20 with BetUK
Anytime Goal Scorer – Messi – 15/8 with Unibet
The biggest stage in world football is now set for Argentina and France. La Albiceleste will be on high after an impressive knockout run and a previous big win over Croatia. But France has been solid throughout the tournament and will pose a threat to Messi and Argentina. Will Les Blues retain the title? Or can Argentina get their first World Cup win since 1986?
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