Argentina World Cup Betting
Imbued with success, Argentina is woven into the tapestry of the World Cup. The last few years have marked a period of transition, and Lionel Scaloni was parachuted into the job following Jorge Sampaoli’s sacking in the wake of the 2018 edition of the tournament when his side failed to get beyond the last 16.
There are always big expectations placed on the two-time winners and it will be no different this time. And if this is to be Lionel Messi’s last appearance at the World Cup Finals, Argentina will want to give him the perfect send-off.
Argentina World Cup Group
This is how Argentina’s schedule is looking for the group stages. All kick-offs are UK times:
Tuesday, November 22, Argentina v Saudi Arabia (Lusail Stadium, Lusail, 10am)
Saturday, November 26, Argentina v Mexico (Lusail Stadium, Lusail, 7pm)
Wednesday, November 30, Poland v Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha, 7pm)
Argentina 2022 World Cup Squad
With plenty of strength in depth in virtually every position, Argentina’s squad is brimming with talent. Naturally, the go-to player is Messi. While an underwhelming campaign with Paris Saint-Germain may suggest his powers are waning, Messi will be pulling the strings and he could have an excellent tournament.
Meanwhile, Angel Di Maria is a slippery customer, and like Messi, Di Maria’s left foot is a wand. He netted the winner in the Copa America Final last summer against Brazil, and he can score all types of goals, so he will be a potent threat.
At the back, Cristiano Romero had a superlative debut campaign for Tottenham and he’s never afraid to shirk a challenge. He is very adept in the air, and he likes to bring the ball up from the back to spark attacks, so it will be fascinating to see how he fares.
Argentina World Cup Odds
With two World Cup triumphs to their name and a string of runner-up finishes, Argentina has made serious strides in the past few years. They should experience few problems in Group C, with perhaps Mexico being the most likely to challenge them to qualify for the knockout stages in top spot.
Among the usual suspects, Argentina is trading at 7/1 with William Hill to lift the World Cup, with Brazil, France, and England ahead of them in the outright market.
Perhaps one of the things that have held Argentina back, is that they have been burdened by expectations and a last-16 exit to France four years ago underlined some of their defensive foibles.
If the shackles are released, then Argentina could go quite deep. Messi will need to be at his imperious best if Argentina is going to lift the World Cup, but he hasn’t always been able to replicate his club form on the international stage. If he can cope with the pressure, then Messi and co could be a force to contend with.
Argentina World Cup Predictions
The World Cup markets usually provide good value and among them includes the Golden Boot section. Messi features among those who could finish as the top scorer, and he is priced at 14/1 with William Hill like his long-term nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo. But judging by their exploits at club level last season, it’s no surprise that Messi is trailing Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, and Harry Kane in this section, however, Messi’s odds suggest he is worth a cheeky punt.
Messi is a creative genius and he’s not just a prolific scorer. No, he likes to bring others into play and he is rather selfless. Currently, he’s the joint favourite at 11/1 with Unibet to finish the World Cup with the most assists, which is a price worth jumping on.
Argentina has finished runners-up on three occasions, and if this is to be Messi’s swansong, then he will want to go out with a bang. Currently, William Hill is offering odds of 4/1 for Argentina to reach the World Cup Final.
Under Scaloni, Argentina have usually been deployed in a 4-3-3 formation and they are dangerous on the counter-attack, so it will be fascinating to see how they fare against say another World Cup superpower, such as France or Brazil if they reach the latter stages.
Verdict: How far will Argentina Go at 2022 World Cup?
Argentina has all the ingredients to be world-beaters, but it remains to be seen whether they will suffer from stage fright. The Hollywood script is there for Messi to bring his name up in lights and sign off in style.
Although they bowed out at the last-16 stage four years ago, Argentina will have learned some lessons from the defeat to France and they could reach the Final, which is available at 4/1 with William Hill.