This is Lionel Messi’s final World Cup bow, which has led to an increased interest in World Cup betting on the South American nation. When you look at their recent form and the squad available to coach Lionel Scaloni, you can well see the possibility of ending their title drought.
The last time Argentina held aloft the World Cup trophy was back in1986 when Diego Maradona put his indelible mark on the tournament. In 2022, Messi could well repeat this feat.
While it’s true that the former Barcelona man isn’t creating the same level of magic as he did in his Nou Camp pomp, the veteran attacker is certainly making a big impact at PSG. His tally of 12 goals in all competition, after just 19 appearances, is already an improvement on his entire total in 2021-22, and he will no doubt be eager to go out with a bang.
Messi tasted failure in 2014 when his Argentine side lost to Germany in the final and knows the pain that brings with it, and there is every chance that he can go all the way in 2022, with many football betting enthusiasts backing that very eventuality.
There is a bitter rivalry between Argentina and Mexico, and you can expect this clash to be feisty. The Mexicans have repeatedly suffered at the hands of the Argentines, in 2010 a brace from Carlos Tevez and a goal from Gonzalo Higuain were enough to secure a 3-1 win, and four years earlier, in Germany, a wonder goal from Maxi Rodriguez knocked out Mexico in the knockout stages.
Mexico’s only competitive win over Argentina came back in 2004.
We’d predict a number of cautions in this one; BoyleSports is offering 7/4 on there being over 5.5 cards, a bet we’d jump all over. And if you combine this with an Argentina win, you’ll get a tasty 19/5 as a double.
We’re afraid we don’t see Mexico bucking the trend; Argentina will win this one comfortably.