Argentina vs France: 2022 World Cup Finals Preview

The winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be crowned on Sunday when Argentina take on France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated game:

HOW TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP FINAL

Who: Argentina vs France
From where: Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar
When: Sunday coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Argentina: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña, Enzo Fernández, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Alex Mac Allister, Julián Álvarez, Lionel Messi

Although Nicolás Tagliafico did an excellent job substituting for Marcos Acuña, who was suspended for a game due to two yellow cards, Acuña was crucial to Lionel Scaloni’s play at the World Cup and should take his position in the final. Leandro Paredes as the only true wildcard as Scaloni could opt to start three centre-backs like he did against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. If that’s the case, Lisandro Martínez will likely start in Paredes’ place.

France: Hugo Lloris, Jules Kounde, Raphaël Varane, Ibrahima Konaté, Theo Hernandez, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé

There is good news and bad news for Didier Deschamps’ team. The good news is that Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot, both sidelined with flu-like symptoms in the semi-final between France and Morocco, returned to training on Friday. The bad news is that five other players – Aurélien Tchouaméni, Kingsley Coman, Raphaël Varane, Ibrahima Konaté and Theo Hernández – have not trained. However, FOX Sports’ Jenny Taft reported that all 24 players were available for Saturday’s training session and France may be putting the flu virus in their rear-view mirrors.

IF FRANCE WINS…

  • It would be the fourth nation to be world champions at least three times.
  • It would be the third nation to win back-to-back world titles and the first since Brazil in 1962.
  • His record with Kylian Mbappé in the starting XI would improve to 12-0-0.
  • Mbappé would join Pelé as the only player to win multiple men’s world titles before the age of 24.
  • Hugo Lloris was the first man to win multiple world championships as captain.
  • Argentina would place Germany as the most runners-up at the Men’s World Cup with four.

IF ARGENTINA WINS…

  • It would become the only team alongside Spain (2010) to win the men’s World Cup after losing their opening match.
  • It would be the fourth nation to be world champions at least three times.
  • Lionel Messi would win his first World Cup.

THE STATE OF THE GOLDEN BOOT

  • Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé lead the Golden Boot race with five goals each, but Mbappé is technically first as he scores more goals without penalties. Messi would need to score in Sunday’s final to take the lead.
  • If Mbappé scores, he would be only the fifth man to score in multiple World Cup finals and the second to score in consecutive finals.
  • If Messi scores, he would become the first man to score in a single World Cup in the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final since the introduction of the round of 16 in 1986.
  • Julián Álvarez and Olivier Giroud both have four goals.
  • If Messi or Giroud win the Golden Boot, they would be the oldest winners of the award.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?

France: +170 (Bet $10 to win $27 total)
Argentina: +170 (Bet $10 to win $27 total)
Drag: +190 (Bet $10 to win $29 total)

Over/Under Total Odds – 2.5
Above: +140 (Bet $10 to win $24 total)
Among: -200 (Bet $10 to win $15 total)

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