The FIFA World Cup Final is finally set and it will be a contest between two of the very best footballers on the planet, Lionel Messi against Kylian Mbappe. It will be France and Argentina both vying to hoist the trophy for the third time and we take a look at the early prices and odds on the Betfred Betting markets…
Argentina started this tournament with a humbling defeat at the hands of Saudi Arabia but they still have every chance of finishing it as the last team standing. Lionel Messi has dragged his side forward and despite a crazy last 20 minutes against the Netherlands in the Quarter-Final, they haven’t looked in much trouble throughout the knockout stage.
France also faced their toughest opposition in the Quarter-Final stage where they managed to emerge from a humdinger of a game with England. Star man Mbappe hasn’t looked like their key man however with Antoine Griezmann being their best player so far in Qatar.
When we look at the Match Result market, the traders are struggling to make their mind up with the French a very slight favourite at 7/4 with Argentina sitting at 15/8 with the draw 2/1. You could throw a towel over all three results to misuse a metaphor.
We’ve added plenty of new player prop bets that are available to bet on now including tackles, assists and Shots on Target. All of these markets are available around 24-48hours before kick-off. You can check out all our latest prices for this one via the World Cup Final Betting Markets button below.
We aren’t expecting a thrilling open-game as the Over 2.5 goals is out at 11/8, which is pretty long for a game at this World Cup and BTTS is trading at Even money. When you consider the array of attacking talent on show, this seems surprisingly long but when you look at finals of years of yore, only twice since 1990 has a final seen both teams hit the back of the net. These odds have a lot of historical context backing them up.
If you like to push your odds up then we have a ‘How Will The Game Be Won’ market when you can back either side to win in Extra-Time at 10/1 and you can back both sides at 8/1 to win the game on Penalties.
The Correct Score market is one of our most popular and the 1-1 draw is the favourite in this market unsurprisingly at odds of 5/1. Two of the past three World Cup Finals have finished 0-0 after 90 minutes and we are 13/2 that it happens again on Sunday. The 2-2 draw at 14/1 or the 3-3 thriller at 80/1 both seem like longshots to me.
For Argentina to win the game in 90 minutes, the 1-0 is as you would fully expect the shortest price at 13/2. 2-1 at 10/1 and 2-0 at 12/1 both look like value plays if you want to push the boat out and not just back Scaloni’s men in the Match Result market.
If you think France and Didier Deschamps are going to go back-to-back then for them to take it out 0-1 in regulation time, you’d be looking at odds of 6/1. A 2-0 win is priced up at 11/1 with the 1-2 victory trading at 10/1.
That 1-1 really does stick out like a sore thumb but the odds are short but potentially well worth it. It does have the feel of a game that isn’t finished after 90 minutes doesn’t it?
*All prices correct as of the time of writing
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