Argentina vs. France: Top stories, odds, live streaming for the WC 2022 final
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Argentina and France make up one of the most popular finals in a FIFA World Cup.
Argentina are looking for their third World Cup crown and the first in the Lionel Messi era.
France are trying to earn the rare feat of back-to-back World Cup titles.
Kylian Mbappé has helped France score more goals in five of six games in Qatar. Argentina have an equally dangerous attack.
The top attacking names of each group can show inside the Lusail Stadium, but one defense can also rise above the other to win.
Odds and match info
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90-minute money line
Argentina (+170; bet $100 to win $170)
To win the world championship
Argentina -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
Date: Sunday 18 December
Start time: 10 a.m. ET
Live Stream: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app
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Argentina after Messi’s first World Cup title
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Lionel Messi has won everything you can think of at club and international level apart from the World Cup.
Messi and Argentina fell short in the 2014 final. This will be his sixth international final in all competitions with the Albiceleste.
Argentina completed the task of winning the Copa America for Messi in 2021. The same winning formula can be followed on Sunday.
Argentina’s defense was the star of the Copa America title, and that unit played well for most of the World Cup.
The Albiceleste have three clean sheets and a one-goal concession in Qatar. They haven’t faced as tough a challenge as Mbappé and France, but they have a solid defensive record.
Messi has done more than Mbappé in the last two rounds, scoring a couple of penalties and creating two other goals.
Messi is the obvious difference for Argentina, but keep an eye on Julián Álvarez as well.
Álvarez is coming off the back of a two-goal performance against Croatia and can capitalize on the chances that come if Messi is occupied in certain parts of the match.
The South American team is well equipped to win a title race and it would come as no surprise to see Messi, Álvarez or both on the scoresheet.
France is going for a repeat of the World Cup
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France is the first team to reach back-to-back men’s World Cup finals since Brazil in 1998 and 2002.
France made it to the title match by scoring seven goals in the knockout round.
Les Bleus have two multi-goal wins at the knockout stage, but they have faced some nervous moments in defence.
England scored once, drew a second penalty and forced Hugo Lloris into a few saves, while Morocco were on top for much of the semi-final clash.
France’s backline coped with the pressure, but there could be concerns about how it handles Messi and Co. for 90 or 120 minutes.
Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and others can counter Argentina’s attacking production by putting their own shots on target.
France will not go down quietly in the final, but it may be harder to take chances against Argentina’s more consistent defence.
Mbappé must be France’s difference maker on Sunday after failing to score in the last two rounds. He will need to produce some moments of brilliance for Les Bleus to break free from any defensive grip Argentina put on the game.
France are more than capable of winning, but the one-nil in Qatar suggests they may need two or three goals to lift the trophy on Sunday.
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