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2022 FIFA World Cup Odds: How Will Lionel Messi and Argentina Handle Group C?

After Brazil, Argentina has the shortest odds of winning the World Cup going into Qatar. La Albiceleste is one of only two teams not to lose a game in qualifying play. Johnny Covers gives the background on Argentina at the World Cup.
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2022 FIFA World Cup Odds: How Will Lionel Messi and Argentina Handle Group C?

FIFA World Cup Date, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: November 20- December 18, 2022
  • Where to Watch: FOX/FS1
  • Where to Stream: fubo, Vidgo, Sling TV, Peacock TV, and YouTube TV

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Argentina World Cup Breakdown

They have been amazing throughout the past 18 months and are currently rated third in the FIFA World Rankings. Argentina currently has a 35-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest ongoing unbeaten streak, and is very close to Italy's 37-game unbeaten streak in international play. The winning streak began in 2019, including the Copa America championship run in which they defeated Brazil 1-1 on penalties to snap a 28-year major competition trophy drought.

Argentina's offense, which is spearheaded by seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, rarely struggles to create chances on offense. The Argentina team may not be the most gifted one they have ever had, but they are undoubtedly the most cohesive and have shown a willingness to defend, proving critical in these tournaments. 

They had a +19 goal difference when World Cup qualifying was over, and at one time, they had kept a clean sheet in six straight games. For comparison, their goal differential throughout the World Cup Qualifier before the 2018 World Cup was merely +3.

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Argentina World Cup Odds

TeamOdds to Win World CupOdds to Reach Semi-FinalOdds to Reach Quarterfinal

Argentina is given +550 odds or an implied 15.4% chance to lift the Cup.

Lionel Messi World Cup Odds

PlayerImplied ChanceTop Goalscorer Odds
Lionel Messi9.1%+1000

Messi is given +1000 odds or an implied 9.1% chance of winning the Golden Boot Award at the 2022 World Cup. He trails Harry Kane of England and Kylian Mbappe and is tied with Karim Benzema of France and Neymar.

Argentina Group C Odds

TeamOdds to win Group COdds to QualifyOdds to Finish Bottom of Group C

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Argentina is the overwhelming favorite to win Group C over Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland because of their recent play combined with their historical success in this tournament. In 2018, they undoubtedly learned their lesson about not giving it their all during the group stage. They came in second place behind Croatia that year, forcing them to play higher-seeded France in the Round of 16 when they were defeated 4-3.

The knockout stage is where anything can happen, but this team is in excellent condition and capable of competing against anyone in this tournament. This Argentina team will have a good opportunity to win their third World Cup championship if they stay in top form, and they really should not be tested to win this group outright. 

Expect Messi and company to start the tone out of the gates with their early Tuesday match vs. Saudi Arabia. 

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Group C Match Schedule

Tuesday, November 22nd

Argentina (-600) vs. Saudi Arabia (+1500)

Saturday, November 26th

Argentina (-195) vs. Mexico (+550)

Wednesday, November 30th

Argentina (-155) vs. Poland (+425)

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.


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