France vs Croatia Betting Tip
France vs Croatia | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
France have always had great players but their current group are arguably the most talented they have ever produced. Having won the World Cup on home soil in 1998, France have reached the final once, losing to Italy at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Didier Deschamps will want to keep ten men on the pitch as they aim to win their second World Cup. Croatia are in dreamland as they have made history at the 2018 World Cup by reaching the final. Croatia first came onto the world football scene when they reached the semi-final of the 1998 World Cup, a game they lost to France. A win in this game would be the perfect revenge.
France have looked very good in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup. They have played well in each of their three games and their players have looked fit and hungry to succeed. With no suspension or injury concerns, Deschamps is likely to name the same starting XI as he did against Belgium in the semi-final. Croatia were made to work hard in the knockout stages of the tournament and were forced into extra-time in all three matches. This could be telling come the final as their top players aim to recover and regain full fitness. The fitness of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic will be key.
France started the World Cup in Group C along with Australia, Peru and Denmark. Despite not looking convincing in each of their three games, France topped the group with narrow wins over Australia and Peru and a 0-0 draw with Denmark. The French team came alive in the knockout stages, playing some great football to defeat Argentina 4-3, producing a solid display to beat Uruguay 2-0 and delivering a good, all-round performance to win the semi-final 1-0 against Belgium.
Croatia were drawn in a tough group and did will to win all three matches against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. The 3-0 win over Argentina is what gave them the belief they could go far in this tournament but having been held by both Denmark and Russia in the Round of 16 and quarter-final respectively, Croatia won on penalties. The semi-final was seemingly heading the same way but a goal from Mandzukic in the second half of extra-time sealed a famous victory.
France vs Croatia Head to Head
France and Croatia have met 5 times in the past and Croatia are yet to record a win. France won their first three encounters, including the 1998 World Cup semi-final and but the more recent games have been closer, with both ending in a draw.
Odds and Predictions
France come into the 2018 World Cup final as the clear favourites with the bookmakers, priced at 1.95. The French have enjoyed the easiest path through to the final, without the need of extra-time and will be well rested ahead of the game. Croatia have worked very hard and played 90 minutes more football than France in getting to the final. The first-time finalists are out at 4.50 to win the game and the draw is on offer at 3.25. Croatia have conceded the first goal in each of their three knockout round games and if they do so again in the final, will struggle to come back again. France looked very good defensively against Belgium and will feel confident of keeping a clean sheet. France to win to nil is 2.75. It’s difficult to ignore the presence of Kylian Mbappe in attack for France and much of their forward play comes through the exciting youngster. Mbappe is likely to be at the heart of everything good for France going forward and is available at to score the opening goal of the game. Mario Mandzukic will lead the line for Croatia and has two goals to his name, including the winner against England. If Croatia are to score, the Juventus man is the favourite to provide the first goal.
France vs Croatia Top Betting Tip: France (2-0)
Croatia have done superbly to reach the final of the 2018 World Cup but it has come at a cost. They have been forced into extra-time three times and have a day less rest than France. This could prove crucial and the French will be fresh and eager to run at the Croatia defence with the ball, getting them on the back foot. France are the clear favourites to win the 2018 World Cup.