Argentina v France Preview and Prediction: Messi and Mbappe on the cusp of history
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Argentina 1 - 1 France (AET) | Argentina 4 - 3 France (pen)

Not since 1962 has a World Cup finalist made two consecutive appearances in the final of the tournament. The last time it happened, there was a certain youngster who set the world alight in both tournaments. The same is set to happen with Kylian Mbappe, who led France to the 2018 title and is now leading them to the 2022 title.

In his way stands his club teammate Lionel Messi, who is regarded as one of the best players to ever grace the sport. And because of Messi's stature in the game, there is a consensus that he deserves to retire with a World Cup title to his name. Whatever the outcome of this game, history will be made and the 88,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium, Qatar, will bear witness to it.

Form Guide: Argentina

Argentina are the most organized side in the tournament. From defence to attack, they have made few mistakes against their opponents. France, however, will present their toughest challenge yet as they will have to deal with the brilliance of Mbappe and his supporting cast in attack, as well as Antoine Griezmann who has morphed into a midfielder in the duration of this tournament. 

But they will be counting on their form in midfield to nullify Les Bleus as they march towards their third world title.

Form Guide: France

Les Bleus are performing as expected even though they came into the tournament with the biggest handicap of all the teams considered favourites. Mbappe has not disappointed but alongside him, Olivier Giroud has broken the record for most goals scored on the international scene by a Frenchman. 

Griezmann has broken the record for the most consecutive appearances for the team. And Deschamps has shown a tactical versatility that is almost unparalleled. They will pose a huge threat going forward but the midfield is where they could face some competition.

How the game could go

The last time both teams met in the tournament was on France's way to becoming world champions in 2018. Both sides have changed but Argentina's is palpable. This is the difference between both teams and Les Bleus will see it on the night as Argentina battle to their third world title.