World Cup 2022 Final Predictions, Odds and Schedule for Argentina vs. France

Maurice Bobb@@ReeseReportFeatured Columnist IDecember 15, 2022

World Cup 2022 Final Predictions, Odds and Schedule for Argentina vs. France

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    AL KHOR, QATAR - DECEMBER 14:  (CHINA OUT) Kylian Mbappe #10 of France in action during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final match between France and Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Liu Lu/VCG via Getty Images)
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    First of all, what Morocco just did for FIFA World Cup fandom around the globe has to be acknowledged.

    It came. It saw. It almost conquered.

    Stopping just short of history, the Atlas Lions were finally felled by France in the semifinal on Wednesday night.

    Now, nearly four weeks after 32 national teams converged on Qatar to compete in group-stage action, the World Cup final is here, and the last sides standing are two of the best in the world: Argentina and France.

    Cinderella has left the dance. Only footballing powerhouses remain, so this is going to draw lots of eyes on Sunday, and the buildup is likely to reach sensory overload.

    Sunday's matchup will feature two of the best footballers in the world in Lionel Messi and Kylian MbappΓ©.

    Les Bleus will be defending their title against La Albiceleste, which will be playing in the sixth final in the country's history.

    Morocco making it this far would have captured the hearts of fans, but this is the final everyone expected and the one that pits the best of the best against the best of the best.

    With that said, here's how to watch and a brief of what to expect as fans worldwide gear up to see Argentina take on France.

World Cup TV Schedule

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    DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 14: Fans watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-final between France v Morocco, from giant screens on December 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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    Saturday, December 17

    Third-place match: Croatia vs. Morocco (10 a.m. ET, Fox)


    Sunday, December 18

    World Cup Final: Argentina vs. France (10 a.m. ET, Fox)

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Argentina vs. France

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    LUSAIL, QATAR  - DECEMBER 13:  Lionel Messi during the Semifinal match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar between Croatia and Argentina on December 13, 2022, at Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. (Photo by Richard Gordon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    90-Minute Money Line

    Argentina +180 (bet $180 to win $100)

    France +180 (bet $100 to win $180)

    Draw +205


    To Win The Cup

    Argentina -110

    France -115

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    Argentina and France have World Cup history.

    They've been to five and three finals, respectively, have two titles each and gone head-to-head three times, with France coming out on top most recently in the round of 16 in 2018.

    This will be the fourth head-to-head matchup for the pairing, and it should more than live up to the hype, which is likely to focus on the presence of Lionel Messi in the Argentina lineup.

    Fans across the globe will be watching to see if the Paris Saint-Germain star can finally get that elusive World Cup win to cement his legacy in the game.

    The 35-year-old is already considered one of soccer's greats, on par with PelΓ© and Diego Maradona, but the lack of a World Cup winner's medal separates him from those legends.

    Messi is beloved worldwide because he's a magician on the pitch. He's an artist with his passing, dribbling and attacking.

    Even fans who want France to win will have a hard time rooting against the former Barcelona man come Sunday, because this is his last chance to add that career exclamation point.

    As for the game at hand, these two teams match up really well, so this game could end up going into extra time.

    France has had to grind out wins in this World Cup, and its midfield was forced into changes for the last-four win over Morocco.

    Argentina's midfield is tough to play through, and Manchester City striker JuliÑn Álvarez has found a rich vein of goal-scoring form in Qatar with four to his name. Put simply, La Albiceleste are going to be hard to beat.

    However, France has its own superstar in the shape of Kylian MbappΓ©, who is on the verge of a second World Cup triumph at the age of just 23.

    The PSG star will be looking to steal the spotlight from clubmate Messi at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday.

    This game will more than likely come down to who makes mistakes on the pitch and which superstar will ultimately take over the game.

    There will be incredible attacks on both sides, so fans should be in for a memorable contest.

    The oddsmakers couldn't quite land on an overwhelming favorite, so bettors should proceed at their own risk.

    For everyone else, get ready, because this should be all gas and no brake, but no one's going to mind that.

    Prediction: Argentina 3, France 2

    Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.

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