Blasting their way to this weekend’s FIFA World Cup final against holders, France, Argentina currently sits as minute betting favorites to clinch the Coupe du Monde in Qatar – landing their third trophy.
Argentina, led by former Barcelona star and Partis Saint Germain talisman, Lionel Messi – fired their way through to the final earlier this week with a one-sided 3-0 win over former finalists, Croatia – with Messi netting first ahead of a pair of strikes from Manchester City forward, Julian Alvarez.
Despite dropping a surprising and shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening group game, Argentina managed to progress through to the final round with wins over Australia, and Netherlands ahead of their semi final win over Croatia.
Matching with Morocco – the first African side to progress through to the semi final, France managed to land a comprehensive 2-0 victory over the former, with goals from left back, Theo Hernandez, and substitute, Eintracht Frankfurt forward, Randal Kolo Muani firing France to their second consecutive final after they clinched the most-recent incarnation with a win over Croatia.
Ahead of Sunday’s final, continued form from both sides throughout the knockout stage leaves the two on almost mirror playing fields, with Argentina currently sitting as marginal -110 favorites against France who currently sit as +105 underdogs to retain the World Cup. Betting on this weekend’s World Cup final is available over at Rushbet.
As far as the third place play-off which features other semi-finalists, Croatia, and Morocco, the two will feature tomorrow – vying for a bronze medal in Qatar.
In Sunday’s final, both Argentine talisman, Messi, and French superstar, Kylian Mbappe will also battle it out as the leaders of this tournament’s golden boot – with both sitting on five goals each throughout both the group stages and the knockout phase.
Behind both Messi and his Paris Saint Germain teammate, Mbappe – come the above-mentioned, Alvarez, and A.C. Milan striker, Olivier Giroud, who have both found the net four times apiece in Qatar.
Should Messi nor Mbappe find separation over the course of Sunday’s final in Qatar, with both sitting on five goals, the Argentine will then scoop the Golden Boot if Mbappe is until to add to his assist tally of two – with Messi sitting on three goals for his Argentina teammates.
An extra caveat of this tournament also comes in the form of an expected final bow at the international stage from Argentine captain, Messi, who confirmed that win or lose against France, the final will mark his final World Cup game for the side.
With France and Didier Deschamps looking to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cups since the Brazilian national side back in 1958, and 1962, the Blus will also look to land their third Coupe du Monde since the beginning of the century, after success against Brazil in 2002, and their most recent 2018 success opposite Croatia.