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In a highly successful World Cup final, Argentina and France battle it out for glory in Qatar.

Fresh off a win over Morocco, the defending champions face the greatest player of all time, for many, Lionel Messi, who inspired a shock win over Croatia in the semi-finals.

Antoine Griezmann insists that Les Bleus will be busy drilling down their game plan to deal with Messi, who he admits offers a unique challenge.

“Any team with Messi is a totally different proposition.” Griezmann said. “We have seen practically all of his matches in this World Cup. We have seen Argentina play, we know how he plays. It is a difficult team to play and seems to be in top form.

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“Of course not just Messi, they have a strong side around him so we know it will be a tough game and they will have a lot of support in the crowd. We’ll go back to work tomorrow, focused on that, how can we hurt them, how can we defend ourselves against them. We will be well prepared.” This is everything you need to know before this monumental final match.:

When is Argentina vs France?

The game is scheduled to kick off at 3pm GMT (7pm local time) on Sunday, December 18.

The final will take place at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

How can I see it?

The game will be broadcast live and free to air in the UK on BBC One, ITV 1 and STV 1.

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You can watch a live stream on BBC iPlayer, ITV X and STV Player, while the BBC Sport and ITV websites will also provide a live stream.

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team news

The France team’s headaches eased on the eve of the World Cup final when their entire squad took part in training. Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate and Kingsley Coman, who missed Friday’s training with a virus, were present for the start of Saturday’s session.

For their part, Aurelien Tchouameni and left back Theo Hernández, who also missed Friday’s training session due to hits to the hip and knee respectively, were also out on the pitch with the rest of the squad.

Didier Deschamps must also assess both Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano after both missed the win over Morocco due to illness.

Both are likely to be fit to play, with Rabiot almost certain to replace his replacement against Morocco in Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana, but Liverpool’s Konate could keep his place after impressing once again at the back.

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Argentina has a similar selection dilemma due to changes in the semifinal, this time with full-backs Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel, who were left out of the win over Croatia through suspension.

Nahuel Molina should keep his place, but Acuña could replace Nicolás Tagliafico.

Ángel Di María should be nearing full fitness after injury and can push to get started, but Scaloni can preserve what has been an excellent foursome in midfield.

Predicted Lineups

Argentina XI: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; DePaul, Paredes, Fernandez, MacAllister; Messi, Alvarez

France XI: Crying; Koundé, Varane, Konate, T. Hernández; Rabiot, Tchouameni; Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé; giroud

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Odds

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Match odds (90 minutes)

Argentina – 7/4

Draw – 10/21

France – 10/17

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Argentina – 11/10

France – 4/5

Via Betfair

Prediction

This game has just about everything with immense quality across the pitch and it could come down to a moment of sheer genius from any of the world-class talent available to Deschamps and Scaloni. That is why we will side with Messi, a man possessed and surely determined not to let this rare second chance pass him by. He may have to wait until extra time for his timing, but we’re picking on Messi to lead his team to victory once again. Argentina 2-1 France AET.

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