Argentina vs France, December 18: Head-to-Head Statistics, Line-ups, Prediction for the 2022 World Cup Match

Alisa Barladyan
18 Dec 2022

Argentina will play Didier Deschamps' France team in the thrilling 2022 FIFA World Cup championship match this weekend at the Lusail Stadium.

Both sides are motivated to win the championship and have strong players on their rosters.

Officially, according to the FIFA National Team ratings, this is No. 3 vs. No. 4, but generally speaking, the two most deserved teams came to the final in this year's World Cup Championship in Qatar.

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Argentina vs France

France brushed aside Morocco 2-0 and Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 to reach this stage. This will be an exciting match to say the least, with France looking to win the World Cup two times consecutively and Argentina seeking to win this tournament for Lionel Messi.

  • Date- 18th December 2022;
  • Time- 3pm GMT;
  • Venue- Lusail Iconic Stadium;
  • Stage- World Cup 2022 Final;

Fans in the UK can watch the World Cup 2022 Final live on tv via:

  • BBC One;
  • BBC iPlayer;
  • BBC sports website;
  • ITV1;
  • ITVX;
  • STV;
  • STV Player;

Viewers in Canada can also catch the game live on Tv via TSN,CTV, and RDS.

Viewers in the US can watch the game live on TV via Fox Sports,Telemundo, Fubotv, Peacock Premium, Vidgo, UNIVERSO,and Sling Blue.

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A video showing a journalist waxing poetic about Lionel Messi's traits and telling him just how much he inspires all Argentinians has gone viral, not one of his spectacular strikes or awe-inspiring assists.

With the exception of the major item on his football bucket list, the living legend has won everything there is to win.Screenwriters are already hard at work developing the scene in which Messi hoists the coveted trophy in the air during his final World Cup game.

The Argentina National team is back to the World Cup final for the first time since 2014, when they lost to Germany, and they will be hoping to make things right this time round. The team has been solid this whole tournament, despite losing their beginning group stage match to Saudi Arabia. Lipnel Scaloni's team has been solid tactically, from the defense with Nico Otamendi to the front with Leo Messi and Julian Alvarez, who has come clutch with some very important goals to help them reach this stage. Lionel Messi is tied top scorer currently in this tournament with five goals, same as Kylian Mbappe,his PSG teammate, and will be looking to go one better this time to win this elusive trophy.

Only Spain in 2010 managed to win the World Cup after losing their opening match, but Scaloni's team has only faced an average of six shots per game in the world cup this year, and they will need to use this defensive prowess to preventKylian Mbappe from having a field day.

Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel are available for selection after missing the semis due to suspension. Otherwise Argentina will be coming out guns blazing in what is expected to be Lionel Messi's last World Cup match for Argentina.

Argentina National Team Form( All Competitions)- (L,W,W,W,W,W).

After keeping the World Cup from going home to the English, France National team encountered a real challenge against Morocco to go to the semifinals. They were definitely given a few scares by a Morocco side who were encouraged by their always raucous fan base.Les Bleus faced a team that had not yet conceded to an opponent in the tournament, necessitating the expertise of Hugo Lloris and heroic defending from Ibrahima Konate on occasion. However, Theo Hernandez's acrobatic opener in the fifth minute changed everything.

Then, after coming on as a substitute, Randal Kolo Muani took just 44 seconds to double his team's advantage and put an end to Morocco's fairytale for another four years. As a result, Les Bleus became the first reigning champions to advance to the final since Brazil in 1998, who they also unexpectedly defeated in the championship game.

For Deschamps's team, keeping their first clean sheet of the competition was precisely what they needed as they prepare to play in their fourth World Cup final and attempt to become just the third country to ever win consecutive World Cups, after Italy and Brazil.

Even though it was against Argentina, the 1978 group stage was the last time the 1998 and 2018 champions lost to a South American country in the World Cup.

Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot were the latest victims of the continual air conditioning in Qatar in the France team, while Kingsley Coman, who had been feeling under the weather prior to the semi-finals, is now apparently being joined in the sick room by Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate.

France and Argentina have met 13 times before, with Argentina winning six times and France winning thrice, the last time was in the 2018 World Cup round of 16 when France won 4-3.

France National Team Form( All Competitions)- ( W,W,L,W,W,W).

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Expected Argentina National Team Starting XI vs France(4-3-3) : E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez.

Expected France National Team Starting XI vs Argentina(4-2-3-1) : Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.

This appears to be a closely contested final with bookies expecting Argentina to most likely win with odds of 2.81 at Coinplay. France are not outsiders as they are expected to win the game with odds of around 2.92. A draw is expected in this final world cup game at odds of around 3.00 at Bet365.

However, we expect both teams to score in this high stakes match with odds of 1.95 at Bet365.

BookmakerOdds on Argentina WinOdds on Draw Odds on France Win

Argentina and France will be an evenly matched game, with both teams looking for the third star on their jerseys. France will be looking to win this cup back to back while Argentina will be looking to win this match for 35 year old Leo Messi. We predict both teams to score due to their huge talents on both sides but we expect an Argentina 2-1 win to lift the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

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