World Cup 2022 Argentina vs Saudi Arabia, Tips & Predictions

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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia - World Cup 2022

The Group C opener features Argentina and Saudi Arabia, which will kick off at 1pm local time (10am UK Time) in the Lusail Stadium. 

Lionel Messi will again lead Argentina in his bid for World Cup glory in what could be his final international tournament. Saudi Arabia have failed to make it out of the group stage in two of their World Cup finals appearances.

Argentina look to be firm favourites in this group opener, and at odds of 1/6 with Betzone, they seem to have a comfortable task.

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Best Odds

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Key Points and Trends

  • Head-to-Head: They have only met twice, a 0-0 draw in 2002, with their first meeting ending in a 3-1 victory for Argentina in 1992.
  • Argentina: 2018 was the first time they had failed to win their opening game of the tournament since 1990.
  • Saudi Arabia: Have won just three of their previous 16 matches at the World Cup finals, including when winning 2-1 vs Egypt in Russia 2018.
  • Player: Lionel Messi has six goals in World Cup Finals and is currently two behind Diego Maradona and four behind Gabriel Batistuta. 

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Betting Tips

Argentina vs Saudi Arabia Analysis

ARGENTINA

Runners-up in 2014, they were lucky to make it out of the group four years ago before being eliminated by France in the Round of 16. Lionel Messi has previously failed to show his best form at the finals, but this could be his last chance to become a national hero.

Key Players: Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria

Team News: Lionel Scaloni will be hoping to find a formation to get the best of Messi and the rest of his front line. They have many players who could fill the attacking positions, and it will be interesting to see how they play together.

Predicted Lineups: Martinez, Montiel, Otamendi, Romero, Tagliafico, Mac Allister, De Paul, Lo Celso, Messi, Martinez, Di Maria

SAUDI ARABIA

They topped their final qualification group with seven wins from ten matches. Their recent record at the tournament has been poor, but with a strong qualification behind them, they could prove a tougher opponent.

Key Players: Fahad Al-Muwallad, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yasser Al-Shahrani

Team News: All of the squad currently play their football in their homeland in the Saudi Arabian Pro League. They have plenty of experience within the team but could be lacking the quality to progress in this competition.

Predicted Lineups: Al-Owais, Abdulhamid, Al Amri, Al Bulaihi, Al-Shahrani, Al-Najei, Sharahili, N. Al Dawsari, Bahbri, al-Buraikan, S, Al-Dawsari

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