Lionel Messi has announced this will be his final World Cup, so Group C will hold some extra meaning for soccer fans everywhere.
The latest: Argentina is favoured to win the group, Poland holds value as a dark horse and Mexico looks to advance past the group for the eighth consecutive tournament.
Here are the current World Cup Group C odds.
World Cup Group C odds
Odds as of 1:38 p.m. ET on 10/08/2022.
Best World Cup Group G odds
The favourite: Argentina (-250)
Argentina has advanced out of the group stage in every tournament with Messi on the squad and we don’t see that changing in Qatar.
This team is absolutely stacked and is coming off a 2021 Copa America victory, which marked Argentina’s first international trophy since 1993. It’s also looking to avenge a disappointing exit at the 2018 World Cup, where Argentina was bounced by the eventual champion France in the round of 16.
That came following a runner-up finish at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Argentina has been tantalizingly close to glory on the biggest stage but Messi and Co. haven’t been able to close.
That could all change this year in what will be the international superstar’s swan song.
Messi headlines a group of elite forwards alongside Paulo Dybala, while Angel Di Maria leads a midfield that’s as creative as they come. The defence is anchored by Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi.
If there is one area where this team lacks world-class talent, it’s in goal. Franco Armani made his national team debut at the age of 31 and was solid during last year’s Copa America run. That said, he’s not a bonafide superstar on the level of France’s Hugo Lloris or Brazil’s Emerson.
Other Group G choices
Best value: Mexico (+450)
Mexico has been dominant in the group stage over the past 25 years, advancing to the knockout rounds in seven straight World Cups — getting past that point has been the trouble.
It hasn’t won an elimination game since 1986. Brazil bounced the Mexicans in the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup and the Netherlands eliminated them in the tournament before that.
This team’s strength is experience and continuity. Four players have over 100 caps, while an additional six players have 50-plus appearances under their belt.
Raul Jimenez has been a top talent with Wolverhampton in the Premier League for some time and headlines Mexico’s forward group.
Team to watch: Poland (+550)
The Poles haven’t advanced out of the group stage since 1986, but if there’s one reason to be bullish on Poland in this tournament: Robert Lewandowski.
He’s one of the best strikers of this generation and is the country’s all-time leader in goals (76) and caps (134). He scored 238 goals in a legendary eight-year stint for Bayern Munich, leading the club to success domestically and in Europe.
That said, he’s only appeared in one World Cup and has never scored a goal in the tournament, an anomaly we don’t expect to continue.
Wojciech Szczesny is also a very capable goalkeeper who’s had success at the club level with Juventus and Arsenal.
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