What country earns all the glory for the world’s most popular sport will be decided tomorrow. It will either be Argentina or France in what already looks like it will be a showdown for the ages. The game will likely be Lionel Messi’s last game in his National team’s uniform. He will be looking to win his first World Cup trophy while his club teammate Kylian Mbappe of France will be going for his second at the age of 23.
We’ll preview the World Cup Final and give the best betting odds.
Argentina Will Look to Add Their First World Cup Title Since 1986
Argentina came into the tournament as one of the favorites. They lost a shocker at the hands of Saudi Arabia to begin their journey. After that, every game had to be treated as if it was a final if they wanted to give themselves a chance. That they did, as they went on to win their next 5 games en route to a date with France in the World Cup Final.
It hasn’t just been Messi for Argentina. The Manchester City phenom, Julian Alvarez, has had a hand in Argentina’s success as well. Alvarez’s 4 goals put him second in the tournament in that category. He has an outside chance at winning the Golden Boot, holding +2400 odds to do so. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was also able to step up big when it mattered most. His two saves against the Netherlands in the penalty shootout helped punch Argentina’s ticket to the Semi-Finals.
Argentina will be making its first appearance in the World Cup Final since 2014. They ended up losing 1-0 to Germany in extra time. In the 2018 World Cup Argentina met France in the Round of 16. Messi’s squad would go on to lose in a 4-3 thriller. They’ll have their chance at revenge tomorrow. On an even bigger stage.
France Is Looking to Make It Back-to-Back Titles
France will be looking to become the first nation to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil was able to accomplish the feat in 1958 and 1962. Like Argentina, Les Bleus was one of the favorites heading into the tournament. They’ve backed it up with their play. They have talent all over the pitch, headlined by Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe has 5 goals and is in the running for the Golden Boot. His odds to win the award are +190.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stepped up big in his team’s 2-0 victory over Morocco in the semifinal. He made a couple huge saves to keep Morocco off the scoreboard.
The French striker Olivier Giroud has also had a sensational tournament. Giroud has gone for 4 goals so far, including his winner that helped seal the victory over England in the quarterfinals. Giroud, 36, is France’s all-time leading goal scorer and will likely be playing in his last World Cup.
Best Bets For the World Cup Final
This World Cup Final is a toss-up and NY sportsbooks think so too. The opening lines slightly favored France but they’ve since shifted in favor of Argentina. If you’re looking to wager on Argentina to lift the cup, you can do so on FanDuel and BetRivers for -112. The best odds for France can be found on Caesars at +100. Both teams are hot, but it’s best to take Argentina in this one. The South American nation has a ton of momentum going for them and they’re surely going to have the home crowd when 10 AM EST rolls around tomorrow morning.
You can get much better odds if you stay away from the straight-up bet. You can take Argentina to win in regular time at +175 odds, while you can take France for the same bet at +185.
There’s also good value in the Anytime Goalscorer wager. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are the obvious choices. It’s best to stay away from the favorites, as there’s usually a surprise hero in games of this magnitude. Julian Alvarez (+290) and Olivier Giroud (+300) are each good picks. For any-time assists, Antoine Greizmann (+380) is a great bet. The French forward has had a few spectacular assists in this tournament and has set up many more chances.
Taking both teams to score at -108 is another good bet for this finals matchup. These are two superpower soccer countries. If either one of them is faced with a 1-0 deficit, you can bet they’re going to send the house to make things level.
The 2022 World Cup Final is going to be a treat to watch. Generational talents will be on display with the likes of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. If Argentina wins it Messi will go down as the greatest soccer player to ever walk the pitch, while if France wins it Mbappe will be well on his way to becoming an all-time great. We’ll all find out which one it is tomorrow.