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France v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips

Sunday, 7:00 pm
02-07-2018
Luzhniki Arena (Moscow)

France will take on Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow.

Les Blues comes into the this game after Samuel Umtiti headed gave them a narrow (1-0) win against Belgium in the semi-final. This French side have developed well and have been brilliant throughout this campaign. This is their second final of the World Cup after their 1998 triumph.

Croatia for the first time reached the World Cup final after they beat England 2-1 in extra time. They went behind early in the first half, but dragged the game to extra-time after Ivan Perisic leveled the score. Mario Mandzukic killer instinct gave Croatia the lead, which they held as it ended (2-1) at full-time.

This side has been the surprise package of this competition, from topping a group that had Argentina and Nigeria, to victories against Denmark, Russia and England.

Players to Watch

Kylian Mbappe and Griezmann were a hand full, creating all sorts of problems for the Belgian defense. The midfield partnership of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba was key in their victory against Belgium. In defense, Umtiti and Raphael Varane have been solid after their shaky performance against Argentina.

Super Mario didn’t look sharp against England, but his threat in front of goal was never in doubt.

The combination of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the pack have been the heart beat of this Croatian side.

Head to Head

This nations have met five times before today, in which France have won thrice and draw twice. Their first meeting was in a semi-final of the 1998 World Cup, were France won (2-1) and went on to win the Trophy.

Prediction: France

Reason for France v Croatia Prediction and Betting Tips

France have won in each of their last three games.

Croatia have conceded first in their last three games.

Any game that France have scored first in this World Cup, they end up winning the game.

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