Argentina World Cup Odds
Argentina is one of the most successful football teams on the global stage, having won two World Cups in 1978 and 1986.
Alongside that glory, they have been runners-up three times in 1930, 1990, and most recently in 2014.
The South American side has been present at all but four World Cups, which leaves them behind only Brazil, Italy, and Germany in a number of appearances in the competition.
That’s no mean feat when realizing that those three have all dominated periods of national football throughout the ages.
This will be Argentina’s 13th consecutive World Cup tournament since they last missed out in 1970, and they will be confident this winter of mounting a serious challenge for the trophy.
This could well be Lionel Messi’s last shot at winning the World Cup in Qatar and in the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria, Argentina has an array of attacking options that will cause any team problems.
Argentina Team Odds To Win World Cup
As Copa America winners last year, and having triumphed over Brazil, who sit at the top of the market for the World Cup, they head into the competition as a prominent team in the betting at 9/1 (+900).
There are no surprises in the teams sitting above them as they are Spain 8/1 (+800), England 13/2 (+650), France 11/2 (+550), and finally favourites Brazil 5/1 (+500).
Argentina’s chances of providing a fairy-tale ending to Lionel Messi’s career, with the trophy being the only major accolade that has eluded him so far, have been helped by a rather favorable group draw. In Group C they will face Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland.
If Argentina were somehow not able to make it out of the group stages, this would be an almost unfathomable disappointment to comprehend.
However, it is very unlikely that they will repeat the same failure that they last managed in 2002 and they are as short as 4/9 (-225) to win their group and 1/14 (-1400) to qualify for the last 16.
To land their opening fixture against Saudi Arabia, they are the heavy 1/7 (-700) favourites, and it would be a big surprise if they didn’t emerge victorious.
In terms of progression through the tournament, they are well fancied to make it to at least the quarter-final stage as they sit at 8/11 (-138) to emulate the progress they made in both 2006 and 2010.
To make the semi-finals, a stage they have never exited the World Cup at, they are a 9/5 (+180) chance. And if they are to repeat their 2014 efforts and make it all the way to the final then they can be backed at 4/1 (+400).
How To Bet On Argentinean Team In Qatar
Argentina will be one of the nations expected to go over deep in the World Cup and as a result, they’ll have plenty of betting support.
Punters will be keen to side with them on several occasions during the tournament and as a result, they’ll need to understand the variety of different markets that are on offer.
By doing this, they’ll be in the best possible position to make money. These are some of the most popular bet types in football.
Player Prop Bets
Lionel Messi will once again be key to Argentina’s chances at the World Cup and many bettors will want to bet on how he performs.
Player prop bets are those that revolve around a specific player, so you could bet on Messi to score a hat-trick versus Saudi Arabia, for example.
Team Prop Bets
In contrast, some online betting customers will be more interested in how Argentina performs as a team and so will look to team props instead.
These might not involve the final outcome of the match, for example, Argentina scoring more than 2.5 goals versus Poland.
Given their status as one of the more fancied teams at the World Cup, Argentina will more often than not start matches as the favourite.
In most circumstances, this will mean that they start at very short odds, and for many punters that won’t be a worthy betting proposition.
As a result, they might turn to the Asian handicap market which gives them a virtual disadvantage, for example, 2.5 goals.
So, if they were playing Saudi Arabia, they’d need to beat their opponents by three or more goals for the Asian handicap bet to be successful.
Plenty like to bet on the total number of goals scored during a match and this will be no different at the World Cup.
When Argentina takes on Saudi Arabia, you might expect there to be plenty of goals given the gulf in quality between the two teams, so you could bet on over 4.5 goals being scored in total.
Totals bets are those which enable you to bet over or under on the total number of goals that the bookmaker you are betting with predicts will be scored during a match.
For example, during an Argentina game against Mexico at the World Cup, your bookie might predict there to be a total of two goals scored during the game and it’s your job to decide whether they’ll be more or less than this prediction.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Argentina
Having read your way through the above, you may now be thinking it’s time to place a World Cup bet on Argentina – perhaps Lionel Messi to score first for the South American nation against Poland.
First, however, you will need to open an account with an online bookmaker. There will be plenty to choose from, so take a good look and see which have the best odds or offers that appeal to you before signing up.
Once you have created an account and found your Messi bet, you just need to add it to your betting slip and then place it.
We’ve broken the process down, in case you’re still unsure, with the below steps:
- Find your chosen odds, select them and then add them to your online betting slip.
- Work out how much money you want to place on the bet then just input the figure into the relevant box.
- It’s important that you then deposit the relevant money into your account as you won’t be able to place the bet without it.
- Once that is sorted, you can then click the ‘place bet’ button and you will be notified that your bet has been placed.
- It’s also worth keeping an eye on your betting slip during the match, as you might be offered ‘cash out’ options which could be of interest.
Argentina has a rich history in the World Cup, having won the tournament in 1978 and 1986.
Argentina Team Overview For Qatar
They have also reached the final three times, including fairly recently in 2014, where they were defeated 1-0 by Germany.
Interestingly, they’ve only been knocked out at the group stage twice since 1962, showing their pedigree in the competition. That looks like a trend that’s likely to continue given a pretty favourable draw in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland.
They’ll expect to make it through relatively easily and then go deep in this year’s tournament.
Key Football Players
Argentina has been blessed with the greats of the game, none more so than Lionel Messi.
The brilliant PSG forward has proven time and time again that he’s one of, if not the greatest, of all time and the one major trophy that is missing is a World Cup.
In what is likely to be his last appearance at the tournament, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad way to go out.
While Messi is undoubtedly the main man in the Argentinian squad, there are plenty of others who deserve a mention.
Like Messi, Angel Di Maria is coming towards the twilight of his career, but still has plenty of quality and will be a key man, while Argentina will also be looking towards Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan too.
The 24-year-old scored 21 times in Serie A for Inter this season and averages better than a goal a game for his nation – stats his manager Lionel Scaloni will be hoping he can keep up in Qatar.
There is plenty of big club experience at the back too, with Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez in goal, while Nicolas Otamendi at center-back has nearly 100 caps.
He’ll likely partner Tottenham’s Cristian Romero at the heart of Argentina’s defense.
The Argentinian squad is at pretty much full strength at the moment, though midfielder Leandro Paredes is currently on the injury table having torn his abductor muscle in April.
He’d likely be a starter in Argentina’s first-choice XI so his manager and teammates will be hoping he’s back to full fitness by the start of the tournament.
Lionel Messi has also missed several games this season for a variety of reasons. He’s of course crucial to Argentina’s chances at the World Cup and given he’s now 34 years of age, his workload will need to be managed carefully.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Lionel Scaloni is Argentina’s head coach and has been in the post since August of 2018, following a successful caretaker period.
His style of the play revolves around getting the most out of the technical qualities his squad possesses. He’s also made it his job to make his side harder to beat and it’s clearly worked as the team hasn’t lost since the 2019 Copa America semi-final defeat to Brazil.
Scaloni, who is a former Argentinian international, is already well respected in his country having led his team to a first major trophy in 28 years when they won the 2021 Copa America.
His nation will certainly be hoping it’s not as long a wait for their next one. Scaloni has two former Argentinean stars as his assistants in Pablo Aimar and Walter Samuel.
Both were quality players for both club and country and their experience will be vital at this year’s tournament.
The other members of the coaching team are Martín Tocalli, the goalkeeping coach, and Matías Mann, the video analyst.
Argentina Team Road To Qatar
Argentina enjoyed a pretty comfortable World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing second in the South American table, behind only Brazil.
They were unbeaten in their 17 matches, winning 11 and drawing six, while they conceded a measly eight times.
Lionel Scaloni’s side finished second to Brazil by six points and a full 11 ahead of Uruguay in third, so they got the job done in a pretty straightforward fashion and it’s set them up well for Qatar.
Even though both Argentina and Brazil have qualified for the World Cup, both still need to play their match which was abandoned in September.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez was his nation’s top scorer in qualifying with seven goals, while Giovani Lo Celso, on loan at Villarreal from Tottenham, contributed the most assists with five.
Argentina’s World Cup History
Argentina has a rich World Cup history having won the famous trophy twice in 1978 and 1986, while they have also reached the final on three other occasions too.
The most recent of which came in 2014 in Brazil, where they were beaten 1-0 after Mario Gotze scored in extra-time for Germany.
Given their strong footballing heritage, it’s unsurprising that Argentina has been knocked out at the group stages just once since 1966, when they surprisingly finished behind Sweden and England in 2002.
They were knocked out by France at the last 16 stages in Russia in 2018, but before that, they came unstuck against Germany three times in a row – twice at the quarter-final stage and once in the aforementioned 2014 World Cup final.
Football is the most popular sport in Argentina and is said to be part of its heritage, so it will come as no surprise that the country’s fans are very passionate about their side, particularly when they are playing.
When the team is in action expect to see huge murals and street parties in the main Argentinian cities, while the stadiums in Qatar will be a wash of blue and white with fans dressed head to toe in outfits hoping to spur their nation on.