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The winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be crowned on Sunday when Argentina take on France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated game:

How to Watch the World Cup Final

Who: argentina vs france
Where: Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar
When: On Sunday, FOX and the FOX Sports app will begin coverage at 9 a.m. ET

Expected starting lineup

Argentina: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Acuna, Enzo Fernandez, Leandro Pa Redes, Rodrigo DePaul, Alex McAllister, Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi

While Nicolás Tagliafico was a brilliant replacement for Marcos Acuña, who was suspended for one game after accumulating two yellow cards, Acuña was crucial to Lionel Scaloni’s style of play at the World Cup and should take his place in the final. Leandro Paredes is the only real wild card as Scaloni has the option to start with three centre-backs as he did against Holland in the quarter-finals. If that’s the case, Lisandro Martinez will likely start in place of Paredes.

France: Hugo Lloris, Jules Kound, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, Theo Hernandez, Aurelian Chumeni, Adrienne An Rabiot, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe

There has been good news and bad news for Didier Deschamps’ side. The good news is that Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot, who both missed France’s semifinal against Morocco with flu-like symptoms, returned to training on Friday. The bad news is that five more players – Aurélien Tchouaméni, Kingsley Coman, Raphaël Varane, Ibrahima Konaté and Theo Hernández – did not attend training. However, FOX Sports’ Jenny Taft reported that all 24 players are available for Saturday’s training session and France may be putting the flu virus in the rearview mirror.

If France wins…

  • This will become the fourth country to win the World Cup at least three times.
  • It will become the third country to win back-to-back World Cup titles and the first since Brazil in 1962.
  • It will improve to 12-0-0 with Kylian Mbappé in the starting XI.
  • Mbappe will join Pele as the only players to win the men’s World Cup multiple times before turning 24.
  • Hugo Lloris will become the first man to win multiple World Cups as captain.
  • Argentina will join Germany in the men’s World Cup runner-up list with four.

If Argentina wins…

  • It will join Spain (2010) as the only team to win the men’s World Cup after losing their first match.
  • This will become the fourth country to win the World Cup at least three times.
  • Lionel Messi will win his first World Cup title.

Golden Boot State

  • Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé lead the Golden Boot with five goals each, however, Mbappé is technically number one as he has more non-penalty goals. Messi must score in Sunday’s final to take the lead.
  • If Mbappe scores, he will become the fifth man to score in multiple World Cup finals and the second in back-to-back finals.
  • If Messi scores, he will become the first player to score in a single World Cup round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final since the round of 16 was introduced in 1986.
  • Julián Álvarez and Olivier Giroud each had four goals.
  • If Messi or Giroud win the Golden Boot, they will become the oldest Golden Boot winners.

What are the odds?

France: +170 ($10 bet wins $27 total)
Argentina: +170 ($10 bet wins $27 total)
painting: +190 ($10 wager, total win of $29)

Over/Under Total Odds — 2.5
Exceed: +140 ($10 bet wins $24 total)
under: -200 ($10 bet, total win $15)

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