World Cup 2018 Final: France Vs Croatia Betting Tips

World Cup 2018 Final: France Vs Croatia Betting Tips

After a month long festival of football the FIFA World Cup 2018 finally draws to a close in Moscow on Sunday, with 1998 World Cup winners France taking on a Croatia side who are making their first ever appearance in the final.

France were always expected to make a deep run at this tournament, and it’s no surprise given the breadth of talent at their disposal. They have world class talent from back to front, and while they haven’t been as dazzling as many had hoped for, they have certainly shown that they know how to win.

That’s precisely what they did in their semi-final against Belgium. Samuel Umtiti was the unlikely hero as he flicked a header goalwards from a corner, and from that moment on the French set out to shut Belgium’s creativity down. Eden Hazard had a few promising moments, but in general the blue wall crowded the Belgian attackers out of the game and stifled their chances. When they did break through, Hugo Lloris was always on hand to stop an equaliser.

France fully deserved that 1-0 victory, and after doing the same in their 2-0 win over Uruguay in the quarter finals they will be well drilled in the defensive areas of the game. This is something that will seriously harm Croatia’s chances.

Croatia’s golden age is coming to an end, but Luka Modric has been determined to drive his nation to success in what is likely to be his final World Cup. The Real Madrid midfielder has been a leader for Croatia, and he showed exactly why he is so good on Wednesday as he picked his side up in the second half.

They went a goal behind early on to England, but they weathered the rest of the first half storm and came out with renewed vigour after the break. They controlled the game and fully deserved Ivan Perisic’s equaliser, and despite having played two consecutive extra-time matches they battled on in extra-time. Eventually Mario Mandzukic seized a chance from a dreadful defensive lapse in concentration to score the winner and send Croatia through to their first ever World Cup Final.

France are a wholly different outfit to England though. England panicked in the second half and let Modric and company control the game, but France aren’t going to give them such an easy ride. They were excellent in closing down Belgium any time they got near the penalty area, and we can see them shutting Croatia out too.

Ivan Strinic was absolutely terrorised by Raheem Sterling in the first half against England too, and while the Manchester City man couldn’t find the end product, there is a man in France’s squad who regularly does just that. Kylian Mbappe will be up against Strinic, and if the Croatian defender plays as poorly as he did against Sterling, we can definitely see Mbappe getting on the score-sheet.

As far as the overall game goes we can see it being an edgy one, as it regularly is in the final. In the end we don’t expect France to make the same mistakes as England did though, and backing them to get the win in normal time looks a good choice along with a 2-0 correct score predictions.

France Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

Croatia Predicted Lineup: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic
France have won three and drawn two of their five previous meetings with Croatia, with the only World Cup clash between the sides ending 2-1 to France in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup. Current France manager Didier Deschamps played the full 90 minutes in that match, with France going on to win the World Cup that year. (Source)

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The last three World Cup finals have all gone to extra-time. However, historically, only two of the showpiece games have ever been decided on penalties (1994, 2006).
France have reached their third World Cup final, winning one (1998) and losing the other on penalties (2006). Their three appearances in finals since 1998 is also more than any other team over the last 20 years, ahead of Brazil and Germany (2).
Croatia have reached their first World Cup final, becoming the 13th different nation and 10th European country to do so. The last two first-time finalists have both won the tournament (France in 1998 and Spain in 2010), while the last to lose were the Netherlands in 1974.
France have trailed for just nine minutes and 12 seconds at the 2018 World Cup, while Croatia have been behind in all three of their knockout matches.
Excluding shootouts, France have won 11 of their last 14 games in the knockout stages of the World Cup (D2 L1).
Croatia progressed from their three knockout matches at the 2018 World Cup via either extra-time or penalties – no team has ever played extra-time in four different matches at a single World Cup; the others to play in three extra-time matches are Belgium (1986), England (1990) and Argentina (2014).
Antoine Griezmann has scored or assisted 11 goals in nine knockout games at major tournaments (World Cup + Euro), more than any other player for France over the last 50 years ahead of Zinedine Zidane (8) and Michel Platini (6).
France’s Kylian Mbappé will be looking to become only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pelé, in 1958. Mbappé (3 goals) is already the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pelé (6 in 1958).
Olivier Giroud has yet to have a single shot on target at this World Cup despite playing 465 minutes for France. Since 1966, no player has had more attempts (13) in a single tournament without getting one on target.
Didier Deschamps is looking to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as manager after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer. He’s won 73% of his games at the World Cup (8 out of 11), the best ratio for a manager having taken charge of more than 10 games at the tournament.
Only France’s Antoine Griezmann (2 goals, 2 assists) has been directly involved in more goals than Mario Mandzukic (2 goals, 1 assist) in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Ivan Perisic has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint-most along with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 assist).
If Raphael Varane plays, he’ll become the fifth French player to have played in both the Champions League and World Cup finals in the same year, after Thierry Henry (2006), Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu (all 1998). Varane was victorious in the Champions League, while of the other four only Karembeu was triumphant in both finals.

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