Match: France vs Croatia
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2018 Final
Time / Date: 18:00h / 15 July 2018
Venue: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow.
France vs Croatia Prediction
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France vs Croatia Prediction for the Grand Final of the World Cup. There has been a month of serious football, drama and a lot of emotion. The time has come for the final clash that will determine the final winner of the best race on the planet. Will The Blazers take the win or Les Bleus?
In the following lines, we will analyze the performance of the two teams, we will look at their results so far and will give our betting tips and predictions for France – Croatia.
France vs Croatia Match Preview
France finished as the first team in its Group A after victories over Australia and Peru and draw against Denmark. In the first match of the elimination phase, the team faced Argentina and achieved an exciting 4: 3 win in the most successful match of the tournament. In the quarter-finals, Les Bleus dealt with Uruguay’s solid defence and beat 2-0. The Belgian semi-final was a hard fight and both goalkeepers makes good intervention. Eventually, the French scored the only goal that led them to the final.
France seem dominant, they started the tournament holding the name for one of the central contenders to go all the action and they totally confirmed the tag without being prolific in most of their encounters. Didier Deschamps has it all in his ranks.
He has the marvellous defensive line with Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti as centre-backs, he has the best midfield destructors in the game on the likes of N’golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi, and certainly, he has the movement, speed and power up front with Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Croatia has managed with ease in Group D and deservedly finished in the first position with three victories over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. The elimination phase for the Croatian team was very heavy and exhausting. All three matches went through extra time, and those with Denmark and Russia were resolved after penalty shootouts. In the semi-final match with England, the Blazers limped behind in the game at the very beginning of the match, but after taking the initiative and a better second part, they managed to go on extra time. There Mandukic threw Croatian fans into ecstasy and sent his side to the dream final.
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 explained precisely why he is so good on Wednesday as he picked his side up in the second half.
France vs Croatia Team News
- Didier Deschamps is not supposed to produce any changes from the team that overcame Belgium in the semi-finals.
- Djibril Sidibe is a doubt for Les Bleus, Benjamin Pavard is reliable to start at right-back.
- Blaise Matuidi bypassed meaningful harm in a hurdle – Eden Hazard that seized him off but must be fine to begin on Sunday.
- Olivier Giroud should retain his position up front despite a bad display last time out.
France Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud
- Croatia should too select an constant XI from the side that began facing England, although there will be some tired legs.
- Mario Mandzukic came off versus England with cramp but should heal in time to light on Sunday’s World Cup final against France.
- Ivan Strinic also shuffled off on Wednesday night but should be well-made to start at left-back this weekend.
- Sime Vrsaljko very well recovered from a knee injury in time to start against England and will remain at right-back here.
Croatia Predicted Lineup: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Rebic, Mandzukic
France vs Croatia Stats
- The latest three World Cup finals have totally gone to extra-time. But, historically, just two of the masterpiece matches have ever been resolved on penalties (1994, 2006).
- France have entered their third World Cup final, obtaining one (1998) and losing the opposite on penalties (2006). Their three shows in finals since 1998 is also more than any different team covering the last 20 years, ahead of Brazil and Germany (2).
- Croatia have attained their first World Cup final, enriching 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 hunted 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 advanced from their three knockout games 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.
- France haven’t been behind at half-time at these finals.
- 43.48% (70/161) of the goals at this WC have come from set pieces.
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France vs Croatia Head-to-head
Croatia are looking for the repayment for the loss in the 1998 World Cup semi-final when Lilian Thuram caught a pair to complete a victory (his first ever goals for the national side).
It was the first ever h2h match separating the two teams. France continued undefeated in following four as strong, drawing two and winning two along the way.
Last two ties, however, ended up without a winner as France and Croatia shared spoils in a group-stage tie at EURO 2004 as well as in 2011 friendly (0-0).
France vs Croatia Prediction
It is clear to everyone that Deschamp has the upper hand when he has allowed himself to leave attackers such as Benzema, Lacazate and Gameiro outside the extended squad for the World Cup. The team’s assault team performs well and counter-attacks quickly, dangerously, and successfully. We may have remarked about Giroud, who is very poor in Russia, but he is a type of player who can always be in the right place.
Croatia will go out for the third time as an outsider in a match of this World Cup. In the previous two cases, Argentina and England were crying, and then the Croats showed a literate defence game and a great look at the front. The team has a good goalkeeper and solid defence, and the genial Modric is able to bring his team-mate to a goal position at any given moment.
Most neutral spectators are on the side of the Croatian side, but they are not accidentally outsiders in this game. The team played three heavy elimination games, and those extra 90 minutes and a day less rest will affect the Blazers. The talent in the French squad is huge and the potential for domination over the next decade is great. The Cup will be lifted up by Loris and the success will be won in the regular 90 minutes.
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