Argentina Stats & Form
If there is a team that has a lot to prove in this World Cup, that is definitely Argentina. Leo Messi is one of the best players in history, and now when he is 35 years old, he probably has his last chance to take his team to the Promised Land.
The rest of the roster is packed with quality players in every position and coach Lionel Scaloni has everything he needs to attack the trophy. Paulo Dybala, Angel Correa and Rodrigo De Paul have grown into top caliber players and Scaloni believes that these three can add what Leo Messi needs to take Argentina to the throne.
Argentina finished second in the CONMEBOL qualifiers with 39 points, 6 less than Brazil. They had 11 wins and 6 draws with no losses to qualify for the World Cup.
Argentina has not lost in their last 33 games. Their last loss came in the semifinal of Copa America in 2019, 2-0 against Brazil. Argentina has 8 wins and 2 draws in their last 10 games.
Argentina has played in all but 4 World Cups and has won it twice, in 1978 and 1986. In 2014, they were very close to repeating that after losing 1-0 to Germany in the extra time of the final. They had one of their worst performances at the last World Cup in Russia finishing in 16th place after they lost 4-3 to France in the round of 16.
Saudi Arabia Stats & Form
Saudi Arabia has high expectations for the World Cup since it will take place in their region and the climate will definitely be on their side. Anyway, the quality they possess is far behind the top teams in the world and there are slim chances they can really make any kind of upset.
Saudi Arabia finished first in Group B of the Asian qualification with 23 points, only one more than Japan.
They have five losses in the last 10 games including back-to-back losses in the last two games, failing to score against Venezuela and Japan.
Saudi Arabia News
This will be the sixth World Cup for Saudi Arabia after they made their debut on the biggest stage in 1994. In 2018 in Russia they finished in 26th place.
Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia Head-to-Head Stats
The last time these two teams met was in a friendly game in 2012 which ended scoreless. Previously, Argentina defeated Saudi Arabia 3-1 at the Confederation Cu in 1992.
Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia Betting Odds
Argentina is a huge favorite in the game against Saudi Arabia with -556 odds in their favor while Saudi Arabia is at 1400. The odds for a draw are set at 560.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with -141 for over and 113 for under.
Argentina has a seemingly easy start of the World Cup. Saudi Arabia is simply not a team that can test the Argentinians who will once again try to win the competition. Leo Messi is in the conversation for the best player in the history of football but what he needs to make his tremendous career complete, is a success with the national team on the highest level. He will have a chance to start strong against Saudi Arabia and maybe plead his case for the top scorer of the tournament. However, Argentina has many players who can take over the game and whoever has a big night, Argentina’s easy win will not be questionable. They will certainly not settle for just a win but will try to make a statement and score as many goals as possible.