Messi vs Mbappe. Yassin vs Skelton. The scene is set for an epic weekend of dramatic, final action.
While France may have waltzed their way to consecutive World Cup finals, they will come face-to-face with a whole nation ready to Tango, passionately moving their bodies to Lionel Messi’s beat.
The latest season of hit BBC One show has not disappointed this year and the competition reaches a crescendo on Saturday evening as the four remaining couples dance it out for the coveted Glitterball trophy.
|What: Strictly Come Dancing Final|
|When: Saturday 17th December, 19.05pm|
|How to watch: Live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer|
|bet365 odds: Hamza Yassin 4/9, Helen Skelton 9/5, Molly Rainford 33/1, Fleur East|
After a fortnight of rescheduling due to the World Cup, the ballroom finally retakes centre stage. The four remaining couples will have to perform three dances each before the public decide who will lift the Glitterball Trophy.
Cameraman and wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin has led the way in the Strictly Come Dancing outright betting for a number of weeks and is 4/9 to win the series outright. He came into the show as a relative outsider, and could have been backed at 50/1 before the first episode.
Former Blue Peter presenter Helen, 39, opened up at 12/1 in the betting when announced laid but was cut to 9/2 within thirty minutes of prices being released. Recently divorced, Skelton’s emotional journey to the final seemed to peak in Blackpool, where she topped the charts. She has been unable to recapture that standard since, but should be the closest challenger to Hamza.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “From a 50/1 outsider into odds-on favouritism, Hamza will have the punters going wild if he lands the Glitterball this weekend.
“The adopted Scotsman arrives in the final as a short-priced favourite and will have the backing of the nation as he takes to the floor for the final time on Saturday evening.”
Let’s shimmy slightly to the east, for the final of the World Cup. The 64th and final game of the World Cup sees Argentina and France go head-to head, both aiming to lift the illustrious trophy for a third time.
The betting suggests it will be a tight contest with France 9/5 and Argentina 9/5 with bet365 in the Full Time Result betting. The draw is priced at 2/1 but it is unlikely to be a dull game with so much attacking talent on the pitch.
|What: Argentina v France, World Cup final|
|Where: Lusail Stadium, Qatar|
|When: 15:00, Sunday 18th December|
|How to watch: Live on BBC One and ITV|
|bet365 odds: Argentina 9/5, France 9/5, Draw|
The joint-leaders for the Golden Boot, the hopes of Argentina and France will rest largely on the shoulders of Messi and Mbappe respectively in a mouth-watering showdown.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “The story is understandably Messi versus Mbappe, two world class players who were 10/1 joint favourites for the Golden Ball at the start, have scored 5 goals apiece and have oozed quality at certain times of this tournament.
Should the PSG teammates finish level on goals, the total number of assists registered throughout the tournament will determine who comes away with the Golden Boot. With Messi currently on three assists to Mbappe’s two, the Argentine is slightly favoured to win the award at odds of 10/11 compared to for his French counterpart.
But while many will see this as a straight shootout between the two stars, Antoine Griezmann has quietly gone about his business, putting in stellar performances against England and Morocco.
Freeth added: “According to some, Kylian Mbappe has not even been the best player in the French team, with Antoine Griezmann earning that accolade.”
“Many have latched on to his performances in a deeper role in Qatar with his showing against Morocco being the pick of the bunch. However, the 31-year-old, who has been 80/1 to go two better than his Bronze Ball from 2018, might need another sparkling performance to stop his former Barcelona team-mate going out in Golden Ball glory.”