Argentina are set to go head to head with Saudi Arabia starting on Tuesday the 22nd November 2022 at 10 am, the match will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail City, Qatar. This match is a part of the World Cup, Group C.
Argentina are the favourites of the group while Saudi Arabia are underdogs to go through. In the history of World Cups, the Argentina national team has never faced Saudi Arabia before. Argentina is one of the most successful national football teams in the world though, having won two World Cups in 1978 and 1986. Argentina has been the runner-up three times: in 1930, 1990 and 2014.
The Argentine team were more than dominant in the South American qualifiers. The man everyone will be keeping their eye on will be Lionel Messi. He will be a man on a mission at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and his Argentina national team are on board for it.
The 35-year-old legend has already confirmed that this will be his last World Cup and is therefore seeking the crowning achievement of his legendary career by winning the most prestigious football trophy, which has eluded him in four previous attempts.
In the FIFA rankings Argentina are third in the world and should finish top of Group C with a squad that outclasses the other three opponents (even though Mexico has given them some tough matches in the past World Cups). The opening match against Saudi Arabia should allow Messi and his teammates to get their legs warmed up before the crunch match against Mexico on Saturday the 26th November 2022. The finale against Poland could have first place on the line.
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Saudi Arabia is considered one of the Middle East’s most successful national teams, they have won the AFC Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988 and 1996), they have reached a joint record six Asian Cup finals and have qualified for the FIFA World Cup on six occasions since debuting at the 1994 tournament. Saudi Arabia are the first Asian team to make it to the final of a senior FIFA competition at the 1992 King Fahd Cup, which would eventually become the FIFA Confederations Cup. Only Japan and Australia managed to repeat this feat in 1997 and 2001 respectively, though Australia achieved it when they were a member of the OFC.
The Saudi Arabian top player to watch out for is Salem Al-Dawsari who plays as a winger and enjoys scoring effortlessly from the flank. The 31-year-old attacking player netted 7 goals in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Since he was called to the national team in 2011, he has scored 17 goals for the team in his 70 appearances.
Al-Faraj is the team’s captain and is one of the most experienced talents of the Arabian team going to Qatar. He has played almost 70 games and scored 8 goals for Saudi Arabia. He has the wits to control the midfield as something he does for his club Al-Hilal week-in week-out having 211 caps and 17 goals. He is a central midfielder with accurate passing and dribbling skills. He will be a potential danger in the group to wreak havoc on opposing teams like Poland and Mexico and as well as a threat to the Argentinian team.
Betting tips for Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
Now for our Argentina vs Saudi Arabia prediction: Argentina are entering the 2022 FIFA World Cup as one of the favourites to win the tournament while Saudi Arabia are content to just be present in the race. Here are our predictions for this game.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia odds: Argentina are expected to be one of the highest-scoring sides in the World Cup this year, as one of the teams with the most dangerous frontline. This will be an interesting fixture because they will face Saudi Arabia, who have mostly had games with few goals and their defence is actually really good. Of course, Saudi Arabia has only faced low-ranked opposition in previous games over the past couple of years, so Argentina will definitely be a big challenge and the Argentina vs Saudi Arabia betting odds reflect that.
Argentina vs Saudi Arabia betting tips: When it comes to Argentina vs Saudi Arabia betting tips, considering that Argentina are the much stronger team, a simple bet on Argentina to win would give an interest but the odds are so low it is not great value. Perhaps consider Argentina to win -1.5, meaning they would need to win by two clear goals for your bet to win.