France vs Croatia – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
15th July 2018 – 16:00 GMT
France vs Croatia Predictions
France go into Sunday’s final as big favourites having seen off three strong teams inside 90 minutes in the World Cup knockout rounds – Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium. Didier Deschamps’ men have now gone 10 games unbeaten and have never lost to Croatia, winning three and drawing two of their five meetings.
Croatia’s hard-fought win over England was the third consecutive time they’ve been taken to extra time. Despite being unbeaten in competitive matches under boss Zlatko Dalic, it remains to be seen whether tired legs will finally show against Les Bleus.
France can be backed at 19/20 to win in normal time on Sunday afternoon and they’re excellent odds for a team who will be much fresher than their opponents.
Croatia have now gone four matches without keeping a clean sheet and Dalic’s side have needed to rely on their attacking prowess to keep them in the tournament.
In contrast, France have kept their opponents off the scoresheet in four of their last five games, with Deschamps preferring a conservative approach. Against Belgium in the semi-final, France defended resolutely after taking the lead before utilising the pace of Kylian Mbappe on the break.
Each of the Croats’ knockout matches have ended all square at 1-1 but Denmark, Russia and England are nowhere near France’s quality. A 2-0 France win is at 7/1.
Excluding extra time, Croatia’s six World Cup matches have seen 14 goals scored, with France’s tally the same (although seven of those goals did come in their 4-3 victory over Argentina).
A seven-goal thriller is unlikely this weekend with so much at stake. If France manage to score the first goal, then – like Belgium did in the semi-final – Croatia may find it hard to get back into the game. Under 2.5 goals is at 1/2.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
- All three of Croatia’s knockout games have required extra-time or a penalty shootout
Draw after 90 minutes at 40/17
- Antoine Griezmann has scored or assisted 13 of France’s last 20 goals at tournaments
Griezmann to score first at 4/1