France vs Croatia: Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

at 01.00 a.m – Luzhniki Stadium

France 1.90 | Draw 3.25 | Croatia 4.50

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Date: 16th of July 2018: 01.00 a.m – Fixture: world cup winner
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium – TV: Fox Sports

Why Should I Bet on France vs Croatia

A fabulous World Cup is coming to an end and there are only two sides left standing. Russia 2018 has made for riveting viewing and is widely considered to have been the best World Cup for some time. It seems a long time ago when Russia beat Saudi Arabia in the opening game and, since then, the tournament has sprung shock after shock.

The final will be contested between France and Croatia and there will be a feeling of expectation in the French camp. If you had asked Didier Deschamps whether he would have taken a final against Croatia at the start of the World Cup, the diminutive manager and ex-French captain would have bitten your arm off.

Ladbrokes have France as the favourites and rightly so; punters can back a French win at 1.90.

France vs Croatia Preview

Before the tournament started, France were tipped to make it to the final. It’s easy to see why, with multiple attacking options as well as a defensive centre-back pairing that plays for both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Deschamps is spoilt for choice and undoubtedly has the best side at the tournament as far as strength in depth goes.

Croatia shouldn’t be written off and have deserved all the success they have enjoyed so far. There will, however, be a few questions asked about their fitness as Modric’s men have gone to extra time for the last three games in a row.

France are relatively fresh in that regard and have a side with pace to burn. It looks an uneven match up already and all France will need to do is arrive focused and prepared.

France vs Croatia Score Prediction

Finals are very rarely high scoring affairs and of the last two that have been played in 2014, 2010, both of them finished 1-0. Given Croatia’s tired legs, 2-0 with Bet365 looks the right call at 8.00.

Over/Under Prediction

Over the last 12 years, none of the finals have seen more than two goals scored and that looks set to continue here. Under 2.5 Goals looks likely with Betfair at 1.50.

Both Teams To Score Prediction

The last time both teams scored in a World Cup final was 2006. France should keep the Croatians out – no in both teams to score with Crownbet at odds of 1.56.

Match Odds


  • Ivan Perisic has scored four goals at the World Cup for Croatia; only Davor Suker has scored more in the competition for them
  • Didier Deschamps is the first manager in French history to reach the final of two major tournaments
  • Only Harry Kane(6 goals) has been involved in more goals at the 2018 World Cup than Antoine Griezmann(3 goals, 2 assists)
  • Griezmann to score and France to win in 90 minutes is 4.00 with William Hill