After a month of exhilarating soccer across 63 matches played by 32 teams, the stage is finally set for the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday. France, the defending World Cup champions, ended Morocco’s Cinderella run in the tournament with a convincing 2-0 victory in the semifinals to earn the right to play Argentina, which qualified for the final by defeating Croatia 3-0 in the semifinals.
Both nations are seeking their third respective World Cup titles. France is a two-time champion (2018 and 1998), while Argentina hasn’t experienced World Cup glory since the great Diego Maradona led the nation to a title in 1986, eight years after the country claimed its first World Cup trophy in 1978.
This time around, Argentina is led by Lionel Messi, who has confirmed he’ll be playing in the final World Cup match of his career on Sunday. The 35-year-old forward has won nearly every club and personal award possible throughout his career, but he’s never had the validation of leading his country to World Cup glory.
Watching the final is fun, but wagering on the big game can increase the entertainment value. Oddsmakers at bet365, one of the many legal and regulated sportsbooks operating in Ontario, are expecting a close affair, as evidenced by the identical –110 opening odds (you’d need to wager $110 for a $100 potential profit) they’re giving to both France and Argentina to win the match outright. On the three-way moneyline, Argentina is +180, a draw is +200, and France is at +175. Oddsmakers are also expecting a low-scoring affair, giving –188 odds for two goals or fewer scored in the match and +150 odds for three or more goals scored.
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You’ll also find a comprehensive betting preview for the World Cup Final on the Canada Sports Betting website that highlights some potential wagering angles to consider leading up to the most anticipated soccer match of the year.
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Greg Warren is a sports editor for Canada Sports Betting who has previously worked for respected Canadian media outlets, including Rogers Sportsnet, theScore, and Covers Media Group. He’s covered sports in Canada for over a decade, specialising in NHL, NFL, CFL, MLB, fringe sports, and sports betting.