How Argentina and France could line up in the World Cup Finals… but will both change formations for a big clash?

ARGENTINA meets France in Sunday’s World Cup final, with both nations attempting to lift the famous trophy for a third time.

The football giants meet at Lusail Stadium at 3pm for the first time since the 2018 Quarterfinals.



Lionel Messi is just 90 minutes away from winning the World Cup for the first time in his very last game in football’s greatest show.

Meanwhile, superstar Kylian Mbappe, 23, is hoping to join an elite club by winning it multiple times.

The duo are leading the Golden Boot race by five goals each, while also being favorites for MVP nomination.

But how will Lionel Scaloni and Didier Deschamps line up their teams for the Doha clash?

Starting with Argentina, Emiliano Martinez will start after keeping his third clean sheet in six games in the semifinals.

After returning to a back four against Croatia, La Albiceleste could stay with the formation.

That means Lisandro Martinez will be on the bench – with Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico all starting.

In midfield, Scaloni could choose to start again with Leandro Parades and Enzo Fernandez, with Alexis Mac Allister and Rodrigo de Paul on the wing.


At the top, Julian Alvarez, who has scored four goals in four starts, will partner Messi.

As for France, they have some doubts ahead of the final.

Hugo Lloris will start between the posts while the back four’s performance against Morocco could remain unchanged.

Although the African team was dangerous throughout the game, France retained their first conceded goal of the tournament.

Therefore, Jules Kounde could keep his place at right-back, while Ibrahima Konate works alongside Raphael Varane and Theo Hernandez on the left.

But Deschamps’ main dilemma lies in midfield.

That’s because Adrien Rabiot missed the semi-finals due to illness and the France manager has to decide whether to call him back or stay with Youssouf Fofana to become partner Aurelien Tchouameni.

It’s easier going forward as Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe will all join Olivier Giroud up front.

The final will be Lionel Messi's 26th and last World Cup appearance


The final will be Lionel Messi’s 26th and last World Cup appearancePhoto credit: Getty
Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe start against Argentina


Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe start against ArgentinaCredit: AP How Argentina and France could line up in the World Cup Finals… but will both change formations for a big clash?


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