Argentina will open their World Cup with a seemingly unbalanced fixture against Saudi Arabia. Lionel Messi’s teammates will therefore be hoping to strike hard in their opening game.
✔ 1X2 Prediction Argentina – Saudi Arabia
This game is expected to be open and exciting between these two teams. Argentina are favourites, but watch out for Saudi Arabia which will have no pressure. We predict a comfortable win for Argentina in this game.
✔ Correct Score Prediction Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
For this big fixture of the 2022 World Cup, our prediction for the exact score would be a game dominated by Argentina in terms of possession but also on the scoreboard.
This is the most likely outcome. Argentina know they are favourites and normally there should be no suspense in this clash even if Saudi Arabia will have nothing to lose. The Albiceleste would definitely win by a large margin. 3-0 or 2-0 seems the most credible.
This is possible but very unlikely. A draw is very difficult to envisage as the difference in level between the two countries is so obvious. 1-1 or 2-2 would already be an achievement for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia Win
For the time being, it is unthinkable that Saudi Arabia could win. We won’t hide it, seeing Saudi Arabia win would be one of the biggest surprises of this World Cup, if not the biggest. 0-1 or 1-2 seems unreachable.
✔ Half-Time/Full-Time Prediction: Argentina – 1st Half: Argentina – 2nd Half
For this game, we don’t expect much suspense. Argentina should kill off any suspense in this game quickly, securing the 3 points before half-time and managing their lead and efforts in the second half.
✔ Goalscorer Prediction Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
For this game, Argentina’s attacking players should be decisive. We can be sure that everything being equal, Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria could make the difference for the Albiceleste side. On the other hand, even if we don’t expect Saudi Arabia to score, Abdulrahman Ghareeb could score.
✔ Double Chance Goalscorer Prediction: L. Martinez / A. Di Maria
This fixture can be an opportunity for stars to shine. In this case, and as suggested above, it could be the opportunity to see Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria score. So we offer you this double chance goalscorer prediction.
📄Analysis of Argentina vs Saudi Arabia
As usual, Argentina have come through the South American Zone qualifiers effortlessly. Indeed, the Albiceleste finished second behind Brazil, 9 points ahead of third-placed Uruguay. Undefeated, the Argentinians never gave themselves a fright in these qualifiers.
Hervé Renard’s team brilliantly got through the second round, leading the way and remaining undefeated against Uzbekistan, Palestine, Singapore and Yemen. Saudi Arabia then secured their spot at the World Cup by finishing top of their group, one point ahead of Japan and eight points ahead of Australia.
Argentina, winners of last year’s Copa America, have an impressive 33-game unbeaten streak underway, the best current run of any team. The record is held by Italy with 35 games.
Saudi Arabia are confident. The Asians have lost five of their last 14 games, winning seven of them and drawing two. However, this run must be put into perspective as there are no world-class teams among their latest opponents.