Copa America 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 the Copa America for the 15th time in their history, 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 4-3 encounter that saw Kylian Mbappé score twice and announce himself on the world stage.
Can they put their disappointment from four years ago behind them and go all the way in Qatar?
The latest Argentina odds to win the World Cup
|Betting market||888Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Argentina to win the World Cup||13/2||13/2||7/1|
|Argentina to reach semi-final odds||9/5||9/5||6/4|
|Argentina to reach quarter-final odds||8/11||8/11||8/13|
|Argentina odds to win Group C||4/9||4/9||2/5|
|Lionel Messi World Cup Golden Boot odds||14/1||16/1||14/1|
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Argentina are just two games away from equalling Italy’s world record unbeaten run, having avoiding defeat in their last 35 matches and we are expecting them to break that record in Qatar. Lionel Scaloni has found the perfect formula and we are backing them to repeat their feat of 2014 and reach the final once more in 2022.
Argentina route to the World Cup 2022 final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Argentina vs Saudi Arabia||Lusail Iconic Stadium||22 November 2022, 10am|
|Argentina vs Mexico||Lusail Iconic Stadium||26 November 2022, 7pm|
|Poland vs Argentina||Stadium 974||30 November 2022, 7pm|
*All times GMT
Argentina have been drawn in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland, and will certainly fancy their chances of topping the group. At best price 1/12, they are huge odds on favourites to qualify for the last 16 for the fifth consecutive World Cup tournament and will be hoping they can replicate their run from 2014 and reach the final once more.
Who could Argentina meet in the knockout rounds?
If Argentina top Group C as expected, then they should face many people’s dark horses for the competition Denmark in the round of 16, a side they have never faced at the World Cup, before facing the Netherlands, who are on 15-game unbeaten run under Louis van Gaal at the quarter-final stage. Favourites Brazil and France will likely await them in the latter stages of the competition.
|If Argentina win Group C||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Denmark|
Finishing as runners-up in Group C, will likely see Lionel Scaloni’s men have a repeat of their 2018 round of 16 tie against France, with revenge being on the Argentine’s minds for that 4-3 defeat in Russia. Success will most likely see them face Gareth Southgate’s side in the quarters, before we could see a Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo showdown for a place in the final, in what will most likely be both players final World Cup tournament.
|If Argentina come runners up in Group C||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||France|
Our predicted Argentina World Cup 2022 squad
|Emiliano Martinez||Goalkeeper||30||Aston Villa|
|Franco Armani||Goalkeeper||35||River Plate|
|German Pezzella||Defender||31||Real Betis|
|Lisandro Martinez||Defender||24||Man Utd|
|Nahuel Molina||Defender||24||Atletico Madrid|
|Rodrigo De Paul||Midfielder||28||Atletico Madrid|
|Angel Di Maria||Midfielder||34||Juventus|
|Alexis Mac Allister||Midfielder||23||Brighton|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Midfielder||26||Villarreal|
|Guido Rodriguez||Midfielder||28||Real Betis|
|Julian Alvarez||Forward||22||Man City|
|Angel Correa||Forward||27||Atletico Madrid|
Argentina players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Argentina top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Lionel Messi
The Argentine captain scored his 89th and 90th international goals in his side’s final game before the World Cup, which included a superb free-kick in their 3-0 win over Jamaica, making him the third highest goalscorer in Men’s international football history behind Ali Daei and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi has also started the 2022/23 season on fire at club level, with it taking him just seven games to be directly involved in 10 league goals this term.
Argentina player to watch – Cristian Romero
Cuti Romero has been a rock at the back for La Albiceleste since he made his international debut in June 2021, with Argentina keeping a clean sheet in each of the last 10 matches he has played for the national side, as well as winning two trophies along the way. Monstrous performances for Atalanta saw him named Serie A defender of the year in 2020/21, before a big money move to Tottenham saw him become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Argentina emerging player to look out for – Julian Alvarez
Julián Álvarez’s impressive performances for River Plate earned him a big money move to English champions Man City in January of this year before returning to the club for the remainder of the season. After finding the back of the net 18 times in 26 matches across all competitions in his native country, he would then mark his Man City debut against Liverpool in the Community Shield with a goal.
The 22 year-old has scored two goals in his 11 caps for the national side and will be an excellent option for Lionel Scaloni to use in Qatar, even if it’s from the bench.
Argentina tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Lionel Scaloni has used a variety of formations in his time in charge of the national side, but seems to have settled on 4-4-2 in recent matches. Argentina are playing some entertaining football, whilst also limiting the opposition to very few chances, something that has shown in qualification for the tournament where they conceded just two goals in their final 10 matches.
It’s more of a collective approach in a well run system now for Argentina, instead of heavily relying on Lionel Messi and what he could do with the ball, and the benefits are starting to show.
Where are Argentina in the Fifa World Rankings?
Argentina are currently ranked 3rd in the Fifa World Rankings behind Belgium and Brazil, but just ahead of France in fourth.
Who is the Argentina manager?
Lionel Scaloni took charge of the national side in 2018 after the county’s disappointing performance in the World Cup and has led Argentina to lift their first trophy in 28 years when they won the 2021 Copa America, before beating Italy 3-0 at Wembley in the Finalissma.
Who is the current Argentina captain?
Seven time Ballon d’Or winner and PSG superstar Lionel Messi has been Argentina captain since August 2011, finally getting his hands on the Copa America trophy last summer.
How many times have Argentina won the World Cup?
Argentina are two time World Cup champions having lifted the trophy in both 1978 and 1986, making the final on five occasions.
How many times have Argentina competed in the World Cup?
Since failing to qualify for the 1970 World Cup, Argentina have been involved in each of the last 13 tournaments, taking their tally to 18 overall.
Who has scored Argentina’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Former Fiorentina marksman Gabriel Batistuta is the only player to reach double figures for Argentina, having scored 10 times across the 1994, 1998 and 2022 World Cups. Five goals in Qatar will see Lionel Messi set a new record for La Albiceleste in what will be his final ever tournament.
Which player from Argentina has the most World Cup appearances?
Only two players have ever made 20+ appearances for Argentina at World Cup finals, with the late great Diego Maradona holding the record with 21 games under his belt. Javier Mascherano is just behind him with 20 World Cup caps, while Lionel Messi can again break the record in Qatar by playing in all three group games.