World Cup Finals Fixtures for 2022
On December 18th, we will all get to witness the finals of the 2022 World Cup. The defending champions France will have a chance to lift the trophy again, but Argentina and their captain Lionel Messi will try to prevent this from happening. So, who will become the World Champion on Sunday?
Only few days remain before we find out, so we wanted to take this chance to present you with all improtant info regarding the 2022 WC final and our predictions for this game. We will also check out the third place playoffs too, so keep reading to learn more about the last two games of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Kickoff Time: Sunday, December 18th, 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET.
Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV: BBC One, ITV1
Odds (Taken From Ladbrokes):
Argentina – 9/5 (2.80) – 35.7% Implied Probability
Draw – 2/1 (3.00) – 33.3% Implied Probability
France – 7/4 (2.75) – 36.4% Implied Probability
Argentina vs France Prediction
After winning the World Cup title four years ago in Russia, France has a chance to become the first team to defend the title since Brazil did it all the way back in 1962. The team reached this stage by eliminating Poland, England, and Morocco in the knockout stags.
Meanwhile, Argentina will have a chance to win their third World Cup trophy overall, just like France. Led by their captain Leo Messi, Argentina eliminated Australia, Netherlands, and Croatia in the knockout stages to get to the final game of the tournament.
As expected, the two teams are priced almost evenly ahead of the game, with France being a slight favourite. So, we also expect a very close match and with all the tension and excitement, we wouldn’t be surprised if the game ended without a winner after 90 minutes.
Kickoff Time: Saturday, December 17th, 15:00 UK, 16:00 CET.
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV: BBC One
Odds (Taken From Stake):
Croatia- 10/7 (2.43) – 41.2% Implied Probability
Draw – 7/3 (3.33) – 30% Implied Probability
Morocco – 2/1 (3.00) – 33.3% Implied Probability
Croatia vs Morocco Prediction
Although they failed to reach the final game for the second time in a row, this was certainly a successful tournament for Croatia and if they can crown it with a win in the game for third place, it can get even better. Croatia reached this stage by eliminating Japan and Brazil in the knockout stages before losing to Argentina.
Meanwhile, Morocco already made history by becoming the first-ever African team to reach the semi finals of a World Cup. Morocco did this by eliminating Spain and Portugal in the knockout stages before finally succumbing to France.
These two teams were in the same group in Qatar and their game ended without any goals. We can see this being a similar match to this, without many goals, but we expect Croatia to win the game since they have more experience at this level.
Schedule for the World Cup Final and Third Place Fixtures
As per the planned schedule for the World Cup, the finals will be held on December 18th. To be a little more specific, the game will be played at 6 PM local time, which is 3 PM in the United Kingdom. This means that the World Cup finals fixtures are set for a time that is friendly for all viewers, especially since this is a Sunday! So most people won’t even need to worry about dipping out of work to watch the match. As for the location, the Lusail Iconic Stadium has been the confirmed venue for the finals.
This is held in a region of Qatar named Lusail, hence the actual stadium name. And the capacity of this stadium is a whopping 80,000 when full, which it obviously will be for the World Cup final. This is the largest of all the host stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, which is often the leading factor behind stadium selection for the final match.
So there you have it – the time, venue, and exact location of the World Cup finals!
Third Place Playoff Match
One day before the big final of the 2022 World Cup, we will witness the game for third place between Morocco and Croatia. So, the game is scheduled for December 17th at at 6 PM local time – 3 PM in the United Kingdom. The match will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, which can hold up to 45,857 spectators.
Most Memorable World Cup Finals in History
While every World Cup final is special and unique, some of them simply transcend the others in excitement and quality of football. With that in mind, we selected three of our favourite finals from the World Cup history for you:
Uruguay vs Brazil – World Cup 1950 in Brazil
The stage was set for Brazil’s first World Cup win in history – the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro was packed with more than 170,000 people, all eager to celebrate along with their team as they lift the trophy intended for the champions of the world. In fact, due to the structure of the World Cup that year, Brazil only needed a draw to become the champion.
However, all the spectators and Brazil players experienced was huge disappointment instead of immense joy. Brazil did take the lead early in the second half, but goals by Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia silenced Maracana and brought Uruguay their second World Cup title, the last one to date.
West Germany vs Hungary – World Cup 1954 in Switzerland
Just four years after Maracanazzo, we witnessed another amazing final and, once again, the favourites suffered the same faith. The Mighty Magyars of Hungary were seen as the comfortable champions, the best team without competition at that point in time. According to expectations, Hungary trashed everyone on their way to the final game, including West Germany, who they beat 8-3 in group stages.
But the old saying that it’s not easy to beat the same team twice in a tournament proved right in this instance. Even though the Mighty Magyars took a 2-0 lead after ten minutes through Puskas and Czibor and looked to be on their way to the crown, the Germans did not give up. In what will always be remembered as the Miracle of Bern, West Germany quickly got back into the game and the teams were tied at half time. In the 84th minute, Helmut Rahn scored his second goal of the game to win the Germans their first World Cup title in history.
England vs West Germany – World Cup 1966 in England
The birthplace of football got the chance to host the World Cup in 1966 and the expectations for England were high ahead of the tournament as this was seen as the perfect opportunity for the team to win their first World Cup title ever. Finally, the stage was set after England reached the final, where they would meet West Germany.
Nearly 100,000 packed Wembley to witness this game and they indeed witnessed history. West Germany took an early lead, England punched back quickly and the teams were tied at half time. Then, Peters brought England close to lifting the trophy, but Weber scored an equaliser a few minutes before the end to send the gaem to overtime. Despite that, the English dominated the overtime and Geoffrey Hurst added two more goals to achieve a hat-trick in the game and bring England their first and still the only World Cup title.
World Cup finals fixtures FAQs
When will we know the teams involved in the finals?
After the semi finals, we now know the two teams that will fight for the title – Argentina and France
Where will the World Cup finals be televised in the UK?
You will be able to watch the World Cup finals on BBC and ITV in the UK.
Can I already bet on the World Cup finals fixtures?
Yes, the odds are already out for the final game of the 2022 World Cup.
Will I be able to get any betting bonuses for the finals?
It is incredibly likely that online bookmakers will whip up some bonuses for the World Cup finals, yes. Just check out your online betting provider nearer the time to see what’s on offer.
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