Argentina vs France: Match Preview
Messi, in what is likely to be his last World Cup match, Argentina vs France will set the record for most finals appearances (26) as he takes his second shot at glory.
The Argentina captain was part of the team that lost 1-0 to Germany in the final eight years ago. Their title run at Russia in 2018 then ended in the last 16, losing to France.
But Messi has led his side through kick-off this time at the Lucille Stadium showpiece, where France is once again their opponent.
France’s run against Argentina has not been pretty, winning just three of 12 against them in all competitions and losing two of three at the World Cup, but this impressive victory at the last World Cup gave Didier Set up Deschamps’ men. On course for the title.
In fact, Les Bleus have won seven consecutive World Cup knockout games – two shy of Brazil’s record – as they became only the third side (after Brazil in 1962 and Italy in 1938) to successfully defend their title. want to be Hugo Lloris could become the first player to captain a team to back-to-back final victories, while Didier Deschamps could become the first coach to do so since Vittorio Pozzo oversaw both Italy triumphs in the 1930s.
Other omens are more positive for Argentina: the last time two World Cup finalists both lost earlier in the same campaign – Messi and Co. were stunned by Saudi Arabia, while France lost to Tunisia – Al-Baceleste beat the Netherlands. Won the 1978 title. . Cesar Luis Menotti, in charge of Argentina in 1978, was the last coach younger than Lionel Scaloni to win the World Cup.
But it is the other Lionel who is understandably illuminating.
Messi would be a popular winner almost everywhere – except in the country where he plays club soccer with Paris Saint-Germain.
“We are the French team in the World Cup final. We fight for our team, for our country,” Ousmane Dembele said as he and his teammates played the party’s villains.
All the players and the French want to win the World Cup and bring back the third star. It will be good for his career if Messi wins the World Cup but we also want to win the World Cup.
“Every football player wants to win the World Cup. He has had a great career and he lacks this trophy but we represent our country. We want to win the World Cup. I hope that France will win this World Cup. Will win the cup.
Dembele also spoke of the importance of France keeping the ball away from Argentina’s “extraordinary” talisman, who he knows well from Messi’s time at Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann, one of his Barca teammates at the time, could play a key role in that regard, although his new posting in midfield did little to dampen his productivity in the final third. Is.
Griezmann has created more chances (21) with a higher expected assist value (3.5) than any other player at this World Cup. The midfield made two crucial assists in France’s quarter-final win over England and put in an incredible defensive turnaround against Morocco in the semi-final. He has been crucial to France’s tournament-leading non-penalty expected goals of 11.9, although Argentina has allowed just 5.7 shots for an average of 0.4 xG in Qatar – two 2022 fewer – as the backline marshals Cristian Romero and Lisandro. Martinez has proven to be a fighter and strong.
Argentina vs France Prediction
It’s too close to call. According to our prediction model, only 0.1% split the two teams, which probably matches the public perception of the fixture.
The supercomputer gives Argentina a slight edge at 35.1%, with France ranking at 35.0%. With that in mind, don’t discount the extra time and penalties, with the draw considered a similarly strong 29.9% shot.