Can Kylian Mbappe fire France into the World Cup final?


  • France is minus-150 favorites, while Argentina are given plus-100 odds to win the World Cup
  • France's performance against Morocco will look to hold up against Lionel Messi's hunger for World Cup glory
  • The World Cup finals will have historical implications for both sides

The 2022 World Cup final two is set and it will be between defending champions France and the Lionel Messi-led Argentina in a game that has a ton of significance for both teams involved.

BetMGM released updated odds between the two finalists factoring in their recent performances in the semifinals and their overall team form.

  • France: minus-125
  • Argentina: plus-100

The 2018 World Cup winners are the overwhelming favorites to beat Argentina entering their matchup–a no-brainer decision by oddsmakers due to how they easily dismantled Morocco in the semifinals.

France showcased their might over Morocco as they went to work early and quickly thanks to AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez scoring the first goal of the match five minutes into the semifinal, firing it home off a broken play.

Les Bleus would continue hammering the Moroccan defense throughout the better part of the match, and while they had multiple opportunities to increase their lead, France would find the breakthrough goal late in the second half.

Randal Kolo Muani, forward for German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, would be the beneficiary of Kylian Mbappe's efforts in breaking through the defense inside the box and eventually found the back of the net with a tap-in at the 79th minute.

But it was not without effort from Morocco's side either as they had their own chances to come close to France multiple times, especially in late stoppage time with a threatening ball right in front of the net.

However, France's defense held up to punch their ticket to the finals.

Messi, 35, and Argentina are on the cusp of making their Cinderella story come true after being given plus-150 odds to win the title entering the semifinals.

Their surprising dismantling of the formidable Croatian defense to the score of 3-0 was a surprising development for soccer fans around the world as the Luka Modric-led side had been stonewalling everyone in their path.

With a chance to hoist his first-ever World Cup trophy hanging in the balance, Messi will surely be going guns blazing alongside co-star Julian Alvarez as they look to bring it back home to Argentina for the first time since 1986.

For the French, this will be their opportunity to etch their names in the annals of World Cup history by becoming the third nation to defend their title, joining the likes of the legendary 1958 and '62 Pele-led Brazil team and Italy in '34 and '38.

The problem for Argentina is that France has the benefit of a cerebral assassin like Antoine Griezmann who is carefully planning how he will break down their defense—a concern that Argentina has had throughout much of the tournament.

Mbappe has also shown flashes of his great star power during the World Cup, and it will be something that Argentina must try to stifle as early as possible.

With that being said, the Europeans definitely have a leg up on their South American counterparts.

Prediction: France 2, Argentina 1. France defends their World Cup trophy.

Argentina's #10 Lionel Messi, the team's superstar forward, is aiming to win his country's third World Cup championship on December 18, 2022 against France -- and bring at least temporary relief to millions back in Argentina