France vs Croatia – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

France vs Croatia

World Cup France vs Croatia

15th July 2018 – 16:00 GMT
Luzhniki Stadium

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.

Score prediction

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.

Over/Under Prediction

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.

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Match Odds

  France Draw Croatia