2022 FIFA World Cup Final Odds: Can France Defend Their Title?


Posted: December 15, 2022

Updated: October 16, 2023

  • Argentina will meet France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final
  • The match is held on Sunday, 18th of December at 4pm at the Lusail Stadium
  • France are the defending champions, Argentina were the runners-up in 2014

There are only two games left from the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the bronze match on Saturday and the final on Sunday. The last match is held in the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, on the 18th of December, the national day of Qatar. France will try to defend their title after reaching the final again.

While their opponent, Argentina can win their first trophy since 1986. The 2022 FIFA World Cup final odds expect a tight game and offer a very similar chance of winning for both teams. So let’s see if Messi or Mbappe can lift his team to the top in Qatar. 

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There have been several big surprises in the 2022 FIFA World Cup since it started a month ago, on the 20th of November. Some big teams like Belgium, Germany, and Uruguay couldn’t even advance from their groups. While nations like Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the USA did. Most of them couldn’t survive the next round.

Except for Morocco who knocked out Spain in the last 16. What’s more, as the first African and the first Arab nation, they got to the semi-finals after beating Portugal in the quarter-finals. But their next opponent, France proved to be too strong after they lost the match 2-0 on Wednesday. On the other path, Argentina won easily against Croatia and reached their sixth World Cup final. 

Both Teams Are Head-to-head in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final Odds 

Let’s check first which team is favored by the bookmakers to win the title. Well, Argentina’s odds are 1.93 while France’s odds are 1.91. So there is only a tiny difference between the teams and their chances of winning. Online sportsbooks in Argentina offer very similar odds for the winners of the match in normal time. 2.79 for La Albiceleste and 2.78 for Les Bleus.

If we check history, Argentina has the better record with its five World Cup finals. But they lost three of them, and only managed to win in 1978 and 1986. France only got to the final three times so far, but they won two of them. In addition, they are the defending champions after winning the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow. 

The two teams played 12 games in total so far, with Argentina winning six of them. France won three times and three games ended with a draw. Most of them were friendly games though. Unlike their last meeting four years ago, in the 2018 World Cup. Then they met in the round of 16, in a game full of twists and turns. Grizmann scored the first goal, but the Argentine team turned the game over with the goals of Di Maria and Mercado.

Pavard got the equalizer and Mbappe decided the game with his brace. Sergio Aguero’s goal came too late and it was the end for Argentina. It would be great to see so many goals again, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup final odds don’t expect a similar result. To have a total of over 3 goals has an odds of 3.70. While the most likely result is a 1-1 draw with odds of 5.50. 

The Performance of Argentina and France in Qatar

Besides history and previous performances, the best thing to consider is the current forms of the teams. As we all remember, Argentina started the tournament with a shocking defeat against Saudi Arabia. But they got better in each game and won against Mexico and Poland confidently. Then they knocked out Australia, but they could only win with penalties against the Netherlands.

It was a frustrating game for Lionel Scaloni’s team with lots of tension, but in the end, they could advance to the semi-finals. They met another tough opponent, Croatia there, but they got a 3-0 win easily against the bronze medalists of the previous World Cup. 

France had a much better start to the World Cup, with a 4-1 and 2-1 win against Australia and Denmark. They lost against Tunisia though after several first-team players were rested by Deschamps. In the last 16, France got another easy win against Poland, but their next game against England was a much tougher one.

But thanks to the goals of Tchouameni and Giroud, and to the missed second penalty of Harry Kane, they won the match. The semi-final against Morocco was an easier one, in spite of the great performance of the African team. Now the defending champions will arrive full of confidence and as a favorite by a very little margin.

Messi or Mbappe Can Laugh at the End?

Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi plays in his last World Cup. So this is his last opportunity to win it and equal Diego Maradona’s performance. Messi was a true leader of the Argentine team during the whole tournament.

And contributed with important goals and passes to every victory.  He scored five goals so far just like his possible successor in the world of football, Kylian Mbappe. Online gambling sites in Argentina offer the smallest odds, 2.50 for Messi’s any-time score. But Mbappe follows him very closely with an odds of 2.60. Both of them can be dangerous against the other team’s defense. And score a goal from really any position.

But of course, we can find other great players in both squads besides them. In the Argentine team, young Julian Alvarez has scored three goals and is mentioned with an odds of 4.20 to score again. Alexis Mac Allister and Enzo Fernandez also scored in the tournament and played well. But their main task might be stopping Antoine Griezmann and other French midfielders on Sunday.

Even though the French squad had to miss several former key players in Qatar like Karim Benzema and Paul Pogba, their replacements have been outstanding. Like Olivier Giroud who also scored four goals so far. And has an odds of 3.50 to score in the final. While Ousmane Dembele’s odds to find the net for the first time in Qatar are 7.00. on 22Bet. Let’s hope that we can see a few goals on Sunday and a great game with a well-deserved winner.

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