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France's forward Kylian Mbappe takes part in a training session at the Al Janoub stadium in Al-Wakrah/Al Sadd SC Training site in Doha, on November 21, 2022, on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match between France and Australia. Photo by Franck Fife via AFP.

Tuesday's World Cup play in Qatar began with Saudi Arabia's shocking upset of Argentina. Read on as we offer up our top World Cup picks and best bets for the rest of the day.

Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina and the rest of the world with a 2-1 upset of one of the tournament's biggest favorites. Denmark and Tunisia followed that up with another early-morning match.

Mexico will meet Poland and France takes on Australia in the day's other two contests.

Here are our best bets ahead for Tuesday's World Cup matches (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Tuesday’s World Cup Schedule and Odds

(odds via FanDuel)

  • Group C: Argentina (-650) vs. Saudi Arabia (+1600)
  • Group C: Mexico (+160) vs. Poland (+200)
  • Group D: Denmark (-185) vs. Tunisia (+600)
  • Group D: France (-390) vs. Australia (+850)

Tuesday's World Cup Best Bets

  • Moneyline: Denmark (-180 via DraftKings)
  • Spread: Argentina -2 (+160 via FanDuel)
  • Total: Argentina-Saudi Arabia Over 4.5 (+430 via FanDuel)
  • Upset: Mexico (+165 via FanDuel)
  • Prop bet: Lionel Messi 2+ goals (+330 via DraftKings)
  • Parlay: Argentina-Saudi Arabia first half Over 1.5 + second half Over 1.5 (+295 via DraftKings)

World Cup Top Picks for Tuesday

Moneyline: Denmark (-180) ★★★★

Denmark are surfing on a wave of confidence for almost two years now. They performed fantastically at Euro 2020, going out in the tournament’s semi-finals. They then dominated the qualifiers to reach the World Cup almost untroubled.

Their form has been impressive, and Christian Eriksen’s comeback to full strength following his cardiac arrest only added class and chemistry to a team that was already performing superbly.

Tunisia have few arguments to resist a Denmark side that made even the biggest teams in Europe suffer. Denmark matches have gone Under 2.5 goals scored in their last four at the World Cup, so this could be a good time to end the streak. DraftKings offers +130 for Over 2.5.

Spread: Argentina -2 (+160) ★★★★

Saudi Arabia tried their best to stay compact at the back in the friendlies they played on the road leading to the World Cup, but the big test will come on Tuesday.

They did limit losses against Croatia just days ago, conceding only once against the finalists of 2018. But Argentina are a different story.

Lionel Messi and his mates have been merciless even against minnows in the tests warming them up for the World Cup, showing that they’re on a mission and won’t waste their time. If they feel Saudi Arabia’s weaknesses, they won’t hesitate from scoring as many as possible.

FanDuel offers +160 for a bet on Argentina winning by more than two goals, while DraftKings has Argentina -2.25 at +125.

Total: Argentina-Saudi Arabia Over 4.5 (+430) ★★★★

Saudi Arabia were reluctant to attack even against teams that are comparable with them in strength, showing a lack of ideas going forward. Argentina, on the other hand, seemed to become better and better as the World Cup approached.

Instead of falling to pressure, Argentina have become even more secure in their game. Fueled by the desire to offer Messi a first trophy in his final World Cup tournament, Argentina look perfectly equipped to enchant in Qatar. And a dominating start could launch them toward their dream of flying the Cup back to Buenos Aires.

Goals? Si, por favor! FanDuel has a bet on Over 4.5 goals at +430, while DraftKings places it at +400.

Upset: Mexico (+165) ★★★

The Mexicans are always up for a show when it comes to the World Cup. It will surely not be different this year either. El Tri believe they are good enough to advance to the knockout stages, and they are motivated to silence their critics. Mexico will experience a potentially decisive match for qualification when they face Poland on the first day of matches in Group C.

The Europeans seem to be at a lower level compared to other World Cup editions, but the Robert Lewandowski factor can never go neglected. Will he turn out to be enough to pull them through?

Mexico’s head coach, Tata Martino, refused to call star strikers Chicharito and Carlos Vela back into the national team. Instead, Martino opted to increase team unity and showed he doesn’t count on a Mexican version of Lewandowski to solve his team’s attacking issues. It’s now time for the players he took to Qatar to repay his faith.

Prop Pick: Messi to score 2-plus goals (+330) ★★★

Messi was the best player at last year’s Copa America, which Argentina won in style on Brazilian soil. He's now highly motivated to replicate his side’s success in South America on the world stage.

A record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi is missing only the World Cup trophy in his extraterrestrial resume, full of team and individual medals and cups. He scored 13 goals over his last 13 matches for club and country, so he heads into the match against Saudi Arabia in top form. If he finds a weak opponent, Messi will not hesitate and will make him suffer.

FanDuel has a Messi goal from outside the box at +330. Could they go in twice from distance? That’s at a significant +3100. Meanwhile, a Messi hat trick stands at +1700 with FanDuel.

Parlay: Argentina-Saudi Arabia first half Over 1.5 + second half Over 1.5 (+295) ★★★

Argentina will make their intentions clear early in the game. As the Saudis are unlikely to trouble them too much at the back, Argentina will concentrate on finding space in the final 30 yards at the other end.

It’s hard to see Saudi Arabia resisting Argentina’s pressure given the quality of the South American attack. A bet on two goals being scored in each of the two halves looks perfectly achievable for Messi and his teammates.

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World Cup odds and best bets from 11/21/2022 at 2:36 p.m. ET.