France and Kylian Mbappé are one win away from becoming the first repeat World Cup champions since Brazil – which had a player named Pelé – did it in 1958-62.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi is one victory away from almost the only football success that eludes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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Argentina are seeking their third World Cup title, their first since 1986 (Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal tournament). The Selection (“national team”) have finished second three times.
This will be the fourth meeting between the countries at the World Cup. France eliminated Argentina in the round of 16 in 2018, and The Albiceleste (“white and sky blue”) won the other meetings in 1978 and 1930.
Not surprisingly, the finalists have the joint leaders of the tournament in goals (five), Messi and Mbappé. The French superstar is the current favorite to win the Golden Boot award, given to the tournament’s leading goalscorer.
Messi leads the tournament with five goals and three assists. Leo is also currently the favorite to take home the Ballon d’Or award, given to the MVP of the tournament.
As for the rest of the key players in both teams, Manchester City striker Julian Álvarez has four goals for Argentina.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez has played every game for Argentina. Martinez has three clean sheets and allowed five goals while making five saves.
AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud has four goals and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has three assists and Mbappé two for France.
Tottenham Hotspur and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has a clean sheet and has made 10 saves and allowed four goals.
France enters the big game as slight favourites.
Here’s how to bet on the Argentina-France World Cup Final, from the moneyline, draw, total over/under odds and expert picks (all odds via FOX Bet ):
Argentina vs. France (10 a.m. ET Sunday, FOX and FOX Sports app)
France: +170 (bet $10 to win $27 total)
Argentina: +170 (bet $10 to win $27 total)
Lucky draw: +190 (bet $10 to win $29 total)
Total Over/Under Odds — 2.5
More than: +140 (bet $10 to win $24 total)
Under: -200 (bet $10 to win $15 total)
Pick through the FOX sports betting analyst Jason McIntyre:
It looks like a step out of the Torch World Cup Final. Lionel Messi, playing his final World Cup match, wins the only trophy missing from his display case, and the world watches as he hands over the mantle of best footballer in the world to France’s Kylian Mbappé.
I have futures bets in Argentina from this article and this one, so my rooting interest is clear. It also comes with worry. The last time these two teams met in 2018, Mbappé was unstoppable, embarrassing the Argentine defense with speed, scoring twice and drawing a free-kick in the box, setting up a converted PK by Antoine Griezmann . France would win the World Cup.
Now they are trying to become the first country since Brazil (1958 and 1962) to win back-to-back World Cups. France is a slight favorite (-125), but there is no doubt that Argentina have been more formidable in the round of 16. Bidding to become the second team to win the World Cup after losing their first match (Spain, 2010), Argentina have only conceded two goals since the opening goal and one in their own goal (Australia). And Argentina have not progressed since the defeat of Saudi Arabia.
France has an edge in creators with Mbappé, Aurelien Tchouameni, Ousmane Dembele, plus the brains of the attack, Antoine Griezmann. And reports claim he will have the services of scoring machine Karim Benzema, who is back from injury and training with Real Madrid.
The first-half tie (+100) must be taken into account, with the weight of the World Cup hanging in the balance and neither team wanting to make a mistake, such as betting the total points lower than the first quarter of the Super Bowl.
Two of the last seven World Cups have ended in penalties (1994 and 2006, both with a defensive Italy), and two others have gone to extra time. These two teams are pretty much even, and “there will be overtime (+190)” will be a ticket I have.
I will hedge my Argentina future with France winning in regular time (+170) and over 1.5 goals (-213).
If you want to try to repeat Lionel Messi’s semi-final success to score the first goal, he is currently sitting at +475. Remember that if there is a penalty kick, it will be his try.
The best action move has to be Argentina winning on penalties (+550).
TO PICK UP: Argentina-France goes to extra time (+190 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $29 total)
TO PICK UP: France to win in regular time (+170 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $27 in total)
TO PICK UP: France-Argentina over 1.5 goals (-213 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $14.69 total)
TO PICK UP: Messi scores the first goal (+475 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $57.50 total)
TO PICK UP: Argentina to win on penalties (+550 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $65.50 total)
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