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Argentina vs France Prediction on December 18, 2022

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Messi and Mbappé will compete for fame, the Golden Boot, Ballon d’Or, and the right to brag in PSG. This is Argentina vs. France in the men’s football 2022 FIFA World Cup final predictions, analysis, and team news. The event’s last game overall will begin on Sunday, December 18, at 6 p.m. local & Moscow time at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Meeting statistics

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has boiled down to the final between France, the defending champion, and Argentina. Sunday’s matchup between two of the finest players in the world, Messi and Mbappé, should be thrilling for spectators, but anxious for supporters of the two finalists and punters who decide to choose the side to put their money on with the best mobile bookmakers. Both countries want to win the World Cup for the third time. Argentina won in Mexico in 1986 and on home soil in 1978, while France triumphed in Russia in 2018 and in their homeland in 1998.

The current form of Argentina

After a shocking 1-2 setback to Saudi Arabia to open their Qatar 2022 campaign, Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina team went on to defeat Mexico and Poland by scores of 2-0 to secure Group C honors. ‘La Albiceleste’ defeated Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals but only after struggling to defeat Australia 2-1 in the round of 16 and the Netherlands on penalties in the quarter-finals.

During the victory over Croatia, Lionel Messi appeared to be gripping his left hamstring, but the Argentine captain said there was no injury and stated he felt “ready to play each game”. While full-backs Marcos Acuña and Gonzalo Montiel are both eligible following suspension, Argentina will also hope that winger Ángel Di María, the very important link in the squad, will be fully healthy.

The current form of France

The wards of Didier Deschamps qualified for the knockout stage as Group D winners after winning their first two games: 4-1 against Australia and 2-1 against Denmark. Despite losing 0-1 against Tunisia, ‘Les Bleus’ topped the group. In the round of 16, France defeated Poland 3-1; in the quarter-finals, they beat England 2-1; and in the semi-finals, they got the better of Morocco 2-0.

The midfielder Adrien Rabiot and defender Dayot Upamecano were absent for France in the semi-final, missing out on the victory over Morocco due to sickness. Both of them should be prepared for the grand finale. Karim Benzema may make a sensational return to the France team for the championship game, according to certain reports. Due to a thigh injury, the current Ballon d’Or winner was forced to withdraw from the competition, but Deschamps chose not to call up a substitute, therefore the Real Madrid attacker is still included on the 26-man roster. The 34-year-old has returned to Real to practice and there’s a chance to come to Qatar, giving Les Bleus a major boost in the battle for the title.

Qatar’s ‘dream final’: Messi vs. Mbappé

Lionel Messi of Argentina and Kylian Mbappé of France will face off in Qatar 2022 for the chance to win the World Cup title, the Golden Boot for the most goals scored, and the Golden Ball for the greatest player overall. Messi and Mbappé both have five goals, but Messi has three assists to Mbappé’s two, giving him the lead in the battle for the Golden Boot.

Along with Brazil’s Neymar, the pair are club teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, make up two-thirds of the ‘M-N-M’ offense of PSG, and are rivals on the international scene. On Sunday, there will be competition for the team trophy and individual honors as well as bragging rights for when they return to the French capital.

The two No. 10s are portraying opposite scenarios in the final. Mbappé, 23, played a key role for ‘Les Bleus’ in Russia four years ago when he was a teenager and is now vying for a second World Cup gold medal. Messi, the 35-year-old captain of Argentina, has participated in five World Cups for his nation but has never taken home the championship. With his 11th goal, a penalty against Croatia, he already surpassed Argentina’s record for most World Cup goals. This weekend, he’s expected to break yet another record. In what will likely be his ultimate World Cup game, Messi will create history on Sunday by making the men's record-tying 26th appearance in the tournament.

Head-to-head encounters

The previous head-to-head record doesn’t seem particularly significant for such an encounter as the World Cup championship game. However, of the 12 times these two countries have faced off, Argentina has won six games while drawing three. But in the most recent match, France prevailed. That occurred during the 2018 World Cup when Mbappé scored twice as France defeated Argentina 4-3 in a thrilling Round of 16 game. The last time Argentina beat France was in 2009.

Match analytics

There isn’t much to choose between these teams, therefore penalties seem likely, where Argentina will be just barely the favorite. Messi has a chance to lead Argentina to an unforgettable victory, but a victory for France would be historic. A country might win the competition twice in a row, which has never happened since 1962. The current odds are as near as they can possibly be: tied on most online bookies 2.80 each on average. Those rare operators who decided to give the role to the favorites to any of the nations gave it to France: on average 1.91 compared to 1.95 for Argentina. We think that the match will be tied by the end of the regular time for sure, but that it won’t be a goalless tie as neither defense is flawless.

We recommend that you bet for both teams to score: GG at odds of 2.00 on Campeonbet.

Results of the forecast

Successful forecast. Argentina vs France 3(4):3(2)

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