Argentina odds: To win 2022 World Cup, how far will they go, top scorer and more

Argentina odds: To win 2022 World Cup, how far will they go, top scorer and more

South American champions Argentina will be looking to win back-to-back major tournaments when they travel to the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

Last summer, Argentina ended a 28-year wait for a major trophy as they won Copa America, beating rivals Brazil in the final. It was celebrated as the first international trophy for Lionel Messi, but it will also be used as a launchpad for Argentina’s World Cup challenge.

La Albiceleste were runners up at the World Cup in 2014 but bowed out at the round of 16 in Russia, beaten by eventual winners France in a thrilling encounter.

Can they go all the way in Qatar?

Argentina to win 2022 World Cup odds

Argentina are currently priced at 8/1 to win the 2022 World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni’s side currently find themselves just inside the top five favourites to win in Qatar this winter, having moved to shorter odds after the draw. And it’s not a bad place for them to be, not considered massive outsiders but not having too much pressure on them to succeed.

2022 World Cup favourites

Team Paddy Power Betfair 888 Sport
Brazil 9/2 9/2 9/2
France 5/1 5/1 6/1
England 6/1 6/1 7/1
Spain 8/1 8/1 8/1
Argentina 9/1 9/1 9/1

Unlike the other confederations, Conmebol involves one round-robin stage for World Cup qualifying, with all 10 teams playing each other twice. Although they still have one game left to play (a postponed match vs Brazil), Argentina are guaranteed second spot in the group and will finish at least 15 points clear of Peru in the play-off spot – securing their place in Qatar with relative ease.

Argentina are still unbeaten in qualifying, but they were unable to win the group as a result of too many draws, dropping points in six matches on top of their 11 games. First-placed Brazil have drawn three games alongside their 14 wins. Nevertheless, it’s a 13th-straight World Cup appearance for Argentina.

Argentina’s potential path to 2022 World Cup final

As one of the best teams in the world, Argentina were placed in Pot 1 for the draw and did well in avoiding some of the worst teams in the group stage.

Argentina were placed in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland, and will certainly fancy their chances of topping the group.

Their first game will be against Saudi Arabia, before matches with Mexico and finally Poland, hosted across Lusail and Doha.

Argentina 2022 World Cup group stage fixtures

22 November 2022: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (10am UK time)

26 November 2022: Argentina vs Mexico (7pm UK time)

30 November 2022: Poland vs Argentina (7pm UK time)

If Argentina win Group C

  • If Argentina were to win Group C, this would be their route through to the final.
  • Last 16: The runners-up of Group D, which consists of France, Denmark, Tunisia or one of Peru, UAE and Australia, in Al Rayyan on 3rd December.
  • Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 49, which is played between the Group A winners (Qatar, Senegal, Netherlands and Ecuador) and the runners-up of Group B (England, USA, Iran and Scotland/Wales/Ukraine).
  • Semi-finals: The winner of Match 58 which will include one of the Group E or Group G winners, or runners-up from Group F or H. Involved in these groups are the likes of Spain, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Ghana, Cameroon, Portugal and Uruguay.

If Argentina qualify from Group C

  • If Argentina finish second in Group C, they will go to the other side of the bracket.
  • Last 16: The winners of Group D in Doha on 4th December.
  • Quarter-finals: The winner of Match 51, played between Group B winners and Group A runners-up.
  • Semi-finals: The winner of Match 60, which could include the Group F or H winners, or runners-up from Group E or G as listed above.

As mentioned, Argentina are at the World Cup for the 13th consecutive tournament, last missing out in 1970 and overall they have been absent just four times. Argentina were runners-up in the inaugural World Cup in Uruguay but went out of the first round in 1934.

After 24 years (three tournaments) out, Argentina made their return in 1958 and have been regulars ever since. Of course, Argentina fans of a certain age will remember the late 1970s and 1980s fondly, as they won two World Cups in three tournaments. The first came as hosts in 1978 and they repeated the feat in 1986.

Since then, Argentina have finished as runners-up twice, losing the final in 1990 and 2014 – with two round of 16 exits and three quarter-final finishes in between (plus a group stage dumping out in 2002).

Argentina’s previous World Cup finishes

 

Year

Finish

1930

Runners-up

1934

First Round

1958

Group Stage

1962

Group Stage

1966

Quarter-finals

1974

Second Group Stage

1978

Winners

1982

Second Group Stage

1986

Winners

1990

Runners-up

1994

Round of 16

1998

Quarter-finals

2002

Group stage

2006

Quarter-finals

2010

Quarter-finals

2014

Runners-up

2018

Round of 16

Argentina Golden Boot odds

Lionel Messi has hinted that he might call time on his international career after the World Cup, but what are the chances of him going out on top? Well, his odds are 11/1.

2022 World Cup Golden Boot favourites

Player Paddy Power Betfair
Harry Kane 6/1 6/1
Romelu Lukaku 13/2 13/2
Kylian Mbappe 8/1 8/1
Neymar 17/2 17/2
Cristiano Ronaldo 10/1 10/1

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is still the main man for Argentina and even though he has been more prolific in assisting than scoring this season, people will still be backing Messi to find the net at the World Cup.

In 160 appearances for Argentina, Messi has scored 81 goals including six at World Cups.

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