Argentina vs France 18.12.2022
After the thrills, intrigues and some giant-killing performances, the 2022 World Cup will wrap up this Sunday with Argentina taking on France in what will be the tournament’s 64th match. Here, the weight rests on the shoulders of talisman Lionel Messi who is looking to avoid a repeat of the heartbreak suffered in 2018 when they lost 4-3 to France in the Round of 16. Also, Argentina will be working against another loss at the World Cup Final having done so against Germany in Italia 1990 and Brazil 2014. Having pushed them to a Copa America title last year, Messi is gunning to add the most coveted prize in men’s football to his trophy-laden career.
In the aftermath of their shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening game, the South Americans seem to have bettered their performance match after match, eventually thumping 2018 finalist Croatia to get here. In this tie, they face a daunting task against the current holders as they look to earn a third FIFA World Cup title having done so in 1978 and 1986.
For France, history beckons again as they look to become the first country to retain the World Cup for the first time in 60 years following Brazil’s success in 1958 and 1962. In a tournament where they have surprised many and successfully broken the so-called curse of the defending champions, the Les Blues have benefited immensely from Giroud and Mbappe’s record-breaking outing far, edging past the hurdles in their way to a possible consecutive world title. Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps, the man who captained Les Blues when they clinched the title in 1998, now has the golden opportunity to enter the history books by claiming the trophy twice in a row as a coach.
Given what is at stake and the yearning of players from both sides to make history, we expect a tactical approach from both managers with the second half producing the most goals
Main tip: Most Goals – 2nd Half (go to tip details)
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Head-to-Head stats Argentina vs France
We look at the last 3 meetings between these teams;
- Argentina won 2 of those, France won 1.
- These matches scored an average of 3.33 goals per match
- The last time they met, France won 4-3
Latest results Argentina
- 4 wins and 1 draw in their last 5 matches
- 11 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.20 goals per match
- They beat Croatia 3-0 in their last match
Latest results France
- 4 wins and 1 loss in their last 5 matches
- 9 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.80 goals per match
- They beat Morocco 2-0 in their last match
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Path to World Cup 2022 Final and Latest Results
Argentina: World Cup Grp C – rank 1st – 3 matches – 2 wins – 0 draw – 1 loss – 6 points
Round of 16: Argentina 2 – Australia 1
Quarter-final: Argentina 2 – Netherlands 2 (Won 4-3 on post-match penalties)
Semi Final: Argentina 3-0 Croatia
Form Guide (most recent first): W-D-W-W-W
France: WC 2022 Group D, rank 1st – 3 matches – 2 wins – 0 draw – 1 loss – 6 points
Round of 16: France 3-1 Poland
Quarter Final: England 1-2 France
Semi Final: France 2-0 Morocco
Form Guide (most recent first): W-W-L-W-W
Possible squad Argentina
Argentina: E. Martinez; Romero, Otamendi, L. Martinez; Molina, de Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Tagliafico; Messi, Alvarez
Out: Acuna (Suspension), Montiel (Suspension)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Possible squad France
France: Lioris; Kounde, Verane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud
Coach: Didier Deschamps
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Our tip(s) and odds in detail
According to the statistics above and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following:
1) Bet on Most Goals – 2nd Half
Betwinner offers very competitive odds for the bet “Most Goals – 2nd Half”
The odd of 2.15 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 47% chance that the second half of this game will have more goals scored than the 1st half.
Odds comparison for Most Goals – 2nd Half
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2) Bet on Both Teams To Score
- Their last meeting ended 4-3
- A feisty clash is expected
Odds for this bet
Bet365 offers competitive odds for “Both Teams To Score”
The odd of 2.00 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 50% chance that the two teams will find the back of the net.
Odds comparisons for Both Teams To Score
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