Argentina v France World Cup final prediction, tips, team news, kick-off time and date

Can the GOAT add the World Cup to his CV?

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Lionel Messi is one game away from footballing immortality as Argentina face reigning champions France in the World Cup final.

The little wizard has weaved his magic as the Albiceleste recovered from a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening game to reach the biggest game in football.

While Argentina are hunting their first title since Diego Maradona’s one-man mission in 1986, France are bidding to become the first nation since Brazil’s class of 1962 to successfully defend the trophy.

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Les Bleus also have a superstar in their ranks in the form of Kylian Mbappe and the PSG forward is level on goals with club team-mate Messi in the race for the Golden Boot.

You can bag a free Bet Builder for the World Cup final up to the value of £/€5 if you place a Bet Builder of the same value on the third-place play-off between Croatia and Morocco on Saturday.

The latest Argentina v France odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise everything you need to know about the World Cup final fixture is below.

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Argentina v France date and kick-off time

Argentina v France is scheduled to kick off at 15:00 GMT on Sunday, December 18. You can watch the match live on BBC One, ITV1 and RTÉ2.

Argentina v France team news and predicted lineups

Argentina full-backs Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel are available after missing the semi-final due to suspension. Angel Di Maria could take Leandro Paredes’ place in the XI with Lionel Scaloni considering a change of formation.

Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano missed the semi-final due to illness but should return, despite a cold sweeping the French camp. Youssouf Fofana and Ibrahima Konate impressed in their absence but Rabiot and Upamecano are likely to regain their spots.

Argentina predicted line-up: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez

France predicted line-up: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Argentina v France odds

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Argentina v France betting tips

Paddy Power News is your home for World Cup betting tips with expert insight from the likes of Peter Crouch, Mark Lawrenson and Phil Thompson. We’ll bring you their France v Morocco betting tips as soon as they’ve spoken to Paddy!

Argentina v France prediction

Thommo: I predicted before it started that this would be Messi’s tournament. He wants to get that ghost of Maradona off his shoulders, to be the main man and win the World Cup to complete his trophy cabinet.

Him and Julian Alvarez up front will cause France problems. I think there’s going to be goals in this. Don’t forget, Argentina lost the first game of the World Cup against Saudi Arabia after a 35-game unbeaten run. I think this is sensational this final, I did tip it, I did think it would come down to this, and I think it will be a great, great final. I’ll go with Argentina to Win and Both Teams to Score.

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