The 2022 World Cup championship match on Sunday pits Argentina against France. Kickoff from Lusail Stadium is set for West Africa Time (Local): 4:00 PM (16:00). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Argentina vs. France odds, and make our best World Cup bets, picks and predictions.
It’s the No. 3 team in the world per FIFA men’s rankings against the 4th-best team and defending champs of the event that happens every 4 years. After almost a month in Qatar, fans will either see Argentine F Lionel Messi lift the 1st World Cup trophy of his legendary career or see a repeat celebration by France.
After losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in arguably the most shocking upset of the tournament, Argentina beat Mexico (2-0) and Poland (2-0) to win Group C. It then beat Australia (2-1), Netherlands (2-2, winning 4-3 in penalty kicks) and Croatia (3-0) to advance to the final.
France ripped through Group D, beating Australia (4-1) and Denmark (2-1) before losing to Tunisia (1-0). They beat Poland (3-1), England (2-1), and Morocco (2-0) to reach the final. In France’s most challenging game against England, they had 8 fewer shots, 3 fewer on target, and just 42% possession.
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Argentina vs. France odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 11:24 p.m. ET.Moneyline: Argentina +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | France +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Draw +205 Over/Under: 2.5 (O: +145 | U: -170)
Argentina 2, France 1
LEAN ARGENTINA (+180).
It almost feels like destiny at this point.
Argentina has dominated to this point, and in their most competitive game, against the Netherlands, they had 8 more shots and 3 more on target. Also, the French style of play could lean toward allowing a player like Messi to find the gaps.
France doesn’t play a high press like some sides, and those types of openings, like they saw with England, could lead to opportunities for their opponents. Messi, as we’ve seen all tournament, can fit balls where no one else can, and that should be apparent.
With the extra day to recover and the French side having battled some illness in the camp, this outcome feels like the best side on the moneyline.
BET OVER 2.5 (+145).
Argentina’s offense has been explosive, and they are averaging 2 goals per game in this tournament, having scored on some of the better defensive teams in the world, Netherlands and Croatia.
France is not shy of attacking prowess either. Outside of the lone game that France didn’t try (their last group stage match with the group already clinched), France has scored at least 2 in every game and has scored 3 or more twice.
F Kylian Mbappe is one of the most explosive forwards in the world. Couple his talent with the 6-foot-4 F Olivier Giroud, and the France attack should have a solid height advantage over the Argentine backline.
Over 2.5 has hit in 15 of 21 World Cup finals but is just 1-4 O/U in the last 5. Nonetheless, the attacks here make the OVER 2.5 (+145) my favorite play.
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