FIFA 23 predictor picks Argentina as this year’s World Cup winner

  • With the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar set to take place in less than two weeks, EA Sports has weighed in on who it thinks will win.
  • It has used its FIFA 23 title to predict a winner, picking the South American nation of Argentina. 
  • You may want to pay attention to the prediction, as EA Sports has been right for the two previous World Cups.

We are 10 days away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar kicking off. While the venue for the event, as well as the conditions under which stadiums were built has come under severe scrutiny, the showpiece football event is all ready to get underway.

With less than two weeks to go, EA Sports has once again weighed in on who it thinks will be lifting the trophy at the end of the tournament, utilising its own FIFA 23 to run simulations.

To that end it has predicted that the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team will come out victorious in Qatar.

While FIFA 23 is just a game, EA Sports has been eerily correct with its predictions, correctly choosing France as the World Cup winner in 2018 and Germany for 2014. As such, those with a betting inclination might be interested in putting a little money down for Argentina before 20th November, which is when the first game of the tournament takes place.

Along with selecting Argentina, the FIFA 23 simulation also picked its top 11 players from the tournament. Here it selected the following players:

  • Emiliano Martínez (GK) – Argentina,
  • João Cancelo (RB) – Portugal,
  • Raphaël Varane (CB) – France,
  • Marquinhos (CB) – Brazil,
  • Marcos Acuña (LB) – Argentina,
  • Leandro Paredes (CM) – Argentina,
  • Rodrigo de Paul (CM) – Argentina,
  • Vinícius Jr (RW) – Brazil,
  • Lionel Messi (ST) – Argentina,
  • Kylian Mbappé (ST) – France,
  • Richarlison (LW) – Brazil.

Interestingly, the above list includes Raphaël Varane, a centre back from France who is unfortunately injured, and will not be taking part in the tournament. As such, it would have been interesting to find out which team would have been picked if current injured players were factored in as well.

If you are wondering who else will gain top honours, Lionel Messi is predicted to win the Golden Boot for most goals at the World Cup, while the Golden Glove for most clean sheets is a four-way split between – Rui Patrício of Portugal, Alisson of Brazil, Dominik Livaković of Croatia, and Emiliano Martínez of Argentina.

We won’t have to wait long to see whether EA Sports can go three for three on the World Cup winner, and if it does so, it’s time to start using the FIFA games to run more simulations for future competitions.


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