Heavyweight clash on the cards as we look at the best-predicted starting lineup for Argentina vs France final at FIFA World Cup 2022.
After 63 matches and almost a month of non-stop footballing action, we are ready with our World Cup finalists, Argentina and France, who are ready to give their all to lift one of the most decorated trophy of football across the globe -‘The Football World Cup’.
Will Messi’s quest for the elusive World Cup trophy end on a happy note on Sunday evening or will Mbappe win back-to-back World Cup trophies for France? This is the question, which is the talk of every football discussion! Be it at big studios on TV channels or at any roadside corner.
Both teams passed some acid tests while reaching the finals. France outdid the tough resilience of Morocco and stopped the juggernaut of the flamboyant English team. On the other hand, Argentina outclassed the last time’s finalists Croatia in the semis and somehow managed to come successful against the ‘never say never’ mentality holding the Dutch side.
Both teams will be looking to win their third overall world cup title having won two editions each. The game between these two superpowers of world football will be of fine margins. As both teams have the same strength in the form of their attack and if there is any weakness, then it has to be in the defense, which will surely be tested quite a few times during the course of the game.
This will be the 11th World Cup final meeting between a South American team and a European nation. History says South American teams have had an upper hand having won 7 of those previous 10 finals. We also have some mini-battles in our hands as well. Both Messi and Mbappe have 5 goals each and the PSG teammates will be looking outscore each other to win the golden boot.
This will be the record 26th world cup appearance for Lionel Messi; no other player has played more world cup matches. Also if he scores in the finals, will become the only player in world cup history to score in every round (group stage, round of 16, QF, SF, and finals) of a single edition. Elsewhere, if Mbappe scores in the finals, he will become the youngest player to score in two different world cup finals.
Argentina certainly have the upper hand if we look at the overall numbers. But in the last edition of the World Cup in 2018, France had outdone Argentina with a scoreline of 4-3. So Les Bleus might have a slight psychological advantage over their final opponents La Albiceleste.
In FIFA World Cup, they faced each other three times. The other two times were at the group stage level in 1930 and 1978, both won by Argentina by score lines of 1-0 and 2-1 respectively. So, as we wait for the match to begin, let’s look at the best fantasy lineup for Argentina vs France for The FIFA World Cup 2022 final.
Games Played: 12 // Argentina won: 6 // France won: 3 // Draw: 3
Tournament: FIFA World Cup 2022
Match Type: Argentina vs France – Final
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
When: December 18, 8:30 pm IST
Goalkeepers: Emi Martinez, Franco Armani, Geronimo Rulli
Marcos Acuna, Juan Foyth, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella
Midfielders: Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios, Guido Rodriguez
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa, Julian Alvarez, Thiago Almada, Alejandro Gomez
Manager: Lionel Scaloni
Current Form (Recent first): W W W W W
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Alphonse Areola, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Benjamin Pavard, Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Hernandez, Benoit Badiashile, Ferland Mendy, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, William Saliba
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot, Jordan Veretout
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani, Kingsley Coman,
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Current Form (Recent first): W W W L W
Predicting Starting 11 for both Teams
FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina vs France Predicted Starting 11 for Argentina
Argentina are coming to this game with their confidence riding high after beating the well-built Croatian team convincingly with a 3-0 scoreline. Messi is anchoring the Argentinian ship with 5 goals and 3 assists. Whereas, Julian Alvarez scored the all-important goals with 3 out of his 4 goals so far coming in the knockout stage.
Their defense looked a bit shaky against the Netherlands where they let go of the lead of 2 goals in the last 20 minutes of the regular 90 minutes and put their semifinal qualification in jeopardy. However, Lionel Scaloni managed his troops well, and we saw an improved defensive unit in the semifinals.
Goalkeeper: Emi Martinez
Defense: Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Nahuel Molina
Midfield: Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul
Attack: Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi
FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentina vs France Predicted Starting 11 for France
Didier Deschamps has preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation in this World Cup. France have some injury concerns while going into the finals. Defender Dayot Upamecano is still suffering from a sore throat, but is expected to be fully fit before the finals. Though it will be hard to ignore his replacement Ibrahima Konate, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands and was one of the best performers of the France side in the semifinals.
Without his heroics score line won’t be 2-0 in favor of the French team. Midfielder Rabiot also missed the semifinal outing due to cold, but is set to take his place back in finals. The rest of the starting 11 looked settled with Marcus Thuram, Youssouf Fofana, and Kingsley Coman expected to start from the bench.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Defense: Theo Hernandez, Ibrahima Konate, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde
Midfield: Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni
Attack: Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud
FIFA World Cup 2022: Argentia vs France Fantasy Lineup
Based on current goal-scoring or assist-providing form Mbappe, Messi, Alvarez, and Theo Hernandez are must-haves in fantasy 11. Apart from them, Rabiot and Mac Allister both are playmakers in their respective sides and are great fantasy picks.
Our defensive preferences are based on chances created upfront so far in the tournament. Otamendi and Hernandez have an eye for creating chances. They along with Konate are threats during dead balls and can score through corners & free kicks.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Defenders: Nicolas Tagliafico, Nicolas Otamendi, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez
Midfielders: Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Adrien Rabiot
Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez
CVC Choice: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe
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Akshay is an author at Footbalytics. His love for football started way back in 1998 when Ronaldo (Not Cristiano) was his first football hero, and the list keeps getting longer ever since.
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