Betting tips for Argentina vs France: World Cup preview and odds – The Telegraph

Betting tips for Argentina vs France: World Cup preview and odds – The Telegraph

Our expert backs Lionel Messi to score at any time in his betting tips for Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France
Two great international football nations meet today in the 2022 World Cup final as Argentina take on France at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Al Rayyan (kick-off, 3pm), with the biggest prize in the game on the line

The South American champions have come a long way since losing 2-1 against Saudi Arabia in their opening group game, as they bid to lift the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Battling victories over Mexico and Poland saw them finish as group winners, before they overcame Australia, Netherlands and Croatia to reach Sunday’s showpiece final.
France are looking to become just the third nation to retain the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Italy and Brazil, but they face a major challenge against Lionel Scaloni’s side.
Les Bleus have also suffered a shock loss in Qatar, going down 1-0 against Tunisia in their final group game, but they still topped their section and have since defeated Poland, England and Morocco.
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Since lifting the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, Argentina have reached the final twice more, losing to West Germany in 1990 and a unified Germany eight years ago in Brazil.
Many will have doubted the South American champions would be involved in Sunday’s final after they threw away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in their opening game, a result that ended a 36-match unbeaten run. However, Lionel Scaloni’s side have shown character to bounce back and they look like a team on a mission. 
Much has been made of this potentially being Lionel Messi’s final World Cup and his team-mates appear motivated to ensure he gets the winner’s medal his career deserves.
France, of course, are formidable opponents after going all the way at the 2018 edition but they have shown vulnerabilities throughout the competition.
A loss to Tunisia in their final group game was hugely disappointing and England let them off the hook in the quarter-finals when Harry Kane missed a late penalty.
It’s also worth noting that Argentina have had an extra day to prepare following their semi-final win over Croatia and that could play a big factor in the outcome of Sunday’s clash.
Tip: Argentina to win @ 9/5 with bet365
There has been no shortage of penalties at the 2022 World Cup, possibly due to the availability of VAR, with 16 awarded in 62 matches.
Argentina have been the primary beneficiaries with four awarded in their favour to tie the record for the most for a single nation at a World Cup.
Messi is Argentina’s spot-kick taker, scoring three and missing one of his attempts, including the opener in the semi-final win over Croatia.
Tip: Argentina to score a penalty @ 6/1 with bet365
Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Messi and Kylian Mbappe are currently tied on five goals each in the race for the Golden Boot.
Both will relish playing on the biggest stage for the biggest prize in world football and it’s likely that one of the pair will win this honour, although Olivier Giroud and Julian Alvarez both have four goals and could still steal the award.
Messi has scored consistently throughout the competition, netting in all but one of Argentina’s six games, including three penalties, while Mbappe’s five goals have come across three matches.
Mbappe hasn’t registered since the round of 16, whereas Messi has notched in each of Argentina’s last three games and he looks the top candidate to score in this clash.
Tip: Lionel Messi to score at any time @ 13/8 with bet365
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Angel Di Maria could come in to start the fixture for Argentina, which would mean Leandro Paredes drops to the bench despite his impressive semi-final display. 
Marcos Acuna is expected to start after finishing his suspension, while Julian Alvarez continues to lead the line for the South American side.
Argentina predicted line-up (4-3-3): E Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez.
Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot are both expected to have recovered from illness on Sunday to make it back into the starting XI for the World Cup final.
Olivier Giroud will continue to lead the line as he looks for a second successive World Cup to add to his large trophy haul.
France predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
13 Dec WC Argentina 3 Croatia 0 W
09 Dec WC Netherlands 2 Argentina 2 (pen: 3-4) W
03 Dec WC Argentina 2 Australia 1 W
30 Nov WC Poland 0 Argentina 2 W
26 Nov WC Argentina 2 Mexico 0 W
14 Dec WC France 2 Morocco 0 W
10 Dec WC England 1 France 2 W
04 Dec WC France 3 Poland 1 W
30 Nov WC Tunisia 1 France 0 L
26 Nov WC France 2 Denmark 1 W
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