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Argentina and France will go head-to-head for one of sport’s greatest prizes on Sunday December 18 as they meet in the World Cup final. The showpiece match will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, situated just outside Doha. This Stadium has held ten games throughout the tournament, including Argentina’s semi-final victory.

Looking at both teams’ journey to the World Cup final, we saw Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina team start their Qatar 2022 campaign with a shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia. They made a strong recovery, though, with 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland to ensure they claimed the top position in Group C. In the knockout stages they have been most impressive, beating Australia 2-1 in the round of 16, the Netherlands on penalties in the quarter-finals, and Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps’s French outfit started the World Cup group stages with two back-to-back wins against Australia and Denmark. Although they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in their final group game, France qualified as group winners. Les Bleus went on to beat Poland 3-1 in the round of 16, England 2-1 in the quarter-finals, and Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals.

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Argentina vs France Odds

Matchwinner Outright: Argentina +180, France +180, Tie +205

Goals Total: Over 2.5 (+145), Under 2.5 (-175)

Double Chance: Argentina or Tie (-210), Tie or France (-215),

Argentina or France (-250)

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Argentina vs France Predictions and Same Game Parlay Picks

The stage is set for a mouthwatering clash between two footballing giants. Kylian Mbappé and France are standing in the way of Lionel Messi leading Argentina to their first win at a World Cup since 1986.

Club teammates Mbappé and Messi will not only be fighting for their team to be crowned the best in the world, but also challenging for the Golden Ball, Golden Boot, and PSG bragging rights. The final represents different scenarios for the two number 10s. Mbappé is striving for a second World Cup winners’ medal, after starring for France four years ago. For Lionel Messi, it’s his last ever World Cup match and final opportunity to secure the trophy that’s missing from his silverware collection. A World Cup win would surely allow Messi to be hailed as the greatest footballer to ever grace the game.

Looking ahead to the team news, Argentina will welcome back full-backs Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel from suspension. They will also be hopeful that winger Angel Di Maria will be fully fit so he can play some part in the game.

France, meanwhile, will be hoping that the sickness problem that saw midfielder Adrien Rabiot and defender Dayot Upamecano miss the semi-final will not plague any other members of the squad before kick-off. Both Rabiot and Upamecano are expected to return to the starting line-up. There has even been speculation that Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who was ruled out on the eve of the tournament with a thigh injury, could make a sensational return, which could prove to be the most dramatic boost for France. Is it written in the stars for him to make an appearance from the bench and score the winner?

Right now, the latest odds are about as they can be at Betway. There’s nothing to separate the two sides, as they are both priced at +180 for the win across the 90 minutes. With so much talent on both sides of the ball, there is no clear favorite.

I’m leaning towards a historic France win within 90 minutes. While Messi appears to be destined for the ultimate glory, this French team will take some beating. They’ve already shown their title credentials with huge wins over England and Morocco on their route to the final. A lot can be said for Frances’s ability to navigate through difficult games. I’m expecting them to weather the Argentine storm with their experience and know-how.

Offensively, they have the firepower with Mbappé, Giroud and Dembele to cause heartbreak for Argentinian fans in this final. While Mbappé is France’s best player, Oliver Giroud provides the X-Factor. France would not have won the 2018 World Cup without him. He is second on the team with four goals this time round, to Mbappé’s five. He and Mbappé are also tied for the team lead in xG (expected goals) with 3.4.

Giroud will match up against Argentina centreback Nicolas Otamendi. During his time in England, the Argentine defender was known for defensive lapses at inopportune moments. The French striker will look to capitalise on this and the aggression of the Argentina back four and goalkeeper. As France’s biggest aerial threat, I’m expecting him to get on the end of a few set pieces or crosses into the box from the wide areas. This could prove devasting for Argentina, as it did England.

If the game goes as I’m predicting, Argentina will fall behind on the score line. We all saw against the Netherlands how emotionally involved and fiery Argentina can become when events go against them. Argentina to get the most cards seem like a great bet to add to our same game parlay picks.

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