FIFA World Cup 2022 predictions, tips, odds: Argentina and France are big favorites, experts are divided on Mexico

To England pounded Iranthe Netherlands edgy over Senegaland the United States drew with Wales on Monday, the third day of the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins Qatar on Tuesday at the Superstar Trio Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappeand Robert Lewandowski enter the fray. messis Argentina Kick-off in Group C against Saudi Arabia in Lusail from dark horses Denmark and Tunisia Group D start in Al Rayyan. Mexico and Lewandowskis Poland in Group C are next in Doha ahead of Mbappe and defending champions France take over Australia in Al Wakrah. La Albiceleste and Les Bleus are strong favorites to get off to a good start, as are the Danes, but the Poles will face a more difficult four-game opening day. Let’s take a look at how the staff at CBS Sports sees things…

Group C: Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia

Date: Tuesday 22 Nov | Time: 5 p.m. ET | Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium – Lusail, Qatar

TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

What you should know: This is expected to be Messi’s last World Cup appearance and while it’s never impossible to say never, 2026 is still a long way off Paris The Saint-Germain superstar would be almost 40. Argentina are favorites for many and looking to secure the title Messi and his team-mates have coveted for years. La Albiceleste, two-time winners, have not triumphed since 1986 and should progress through Group C. Herve Renard’s Saudi Arabia is something of an unknown quantity but the Green Falcons are unlikely to cause a shock here.

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Group D: Denmark – Tunisia

Date: Tuesday 22 Nov | Time: 8 p.m. ET | Location: Education City Stadium – Al Rayyan, Qatar

TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

What you should know: Denmark are looking to dig deeper after reaching the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2020 and many see them beating France to first place in Group D. To do that, they need to get maximum points against both Tunisia and Australia. The Eagles of Carthage are their first opponents so a quick start is essential for Kasper Hjulmand’s side as Les Bleus looks set to defeat the Socceroos.

Group C: Mexico – Poland

Date: Tuesday 22 Nov | Time: 11 p.m. ET | Location: Stadium 974 – Doha, Qatar

TV: FOX and Telemundo | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

What you should know: Argentina are heavily favored as Group C leaders but second place is more open as Mexico and Poland both look to secure second place in the knockout stages. The Poles boast of Lewandowski in attack but fail regularly at international level, while El Tri may not be in their best streak at the moment but usually show for big tournaments. Although this is the first game for both of them, it could go a long way towards deciding who makes it.

Group D: France vs. Australia

Date: Tuesday 22 Nov | Time: 2 p.m. ET | Location: Al Janoub Stadium – Al Wakrah, Qatar

TV: FOX and Telemundo | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)

What you should know: Mbappe and the French are the headlines of the day as they tackle their World Cup title defense against the same side they started their successful 2018 campaign against Russia. It was a narrow 2-1 win for Les Bleus in Kazan and Australia are arguably weaker now than they were four years ago. Didier Deschamps needs his team to process the loss Karim Benzema through an injury and ended up in the race. Anything less than a win puts France in a difficult position as they face Denmark next.


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