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France VS Croatia, France will win comfortably

World CupFrance VS Croatia, France will win comfortably

Submit by tipster William
Posted Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:21:25 GMT        

Match Time:7/15/2018 23:00 Sunday (GMT+8)

FIFA World Cup -- France  VS  Croatia

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Team News

All eyes will be on Mbappe on Sunday as the youngster looks to become only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final.

 

Doing so would be a fitting finale to a stunning tournament from the Paris Saint-Germain attacker, and while it is far too soon to suggest that he may go on to enjoy a career like Pele's, rarely does such a prodigious talent emerge and then perform on the biggest stage.

 

Such has been Mbappe's impact that others have had to play the supporting act, including Griezmann, who has directly contributed to 11 goals in nine knockout games at major tournaments - more than any French player in the past 50 years.

 

Olivier Giroud has been nowhere near as prolific in front of goal, but he is expected to keep his place in the side despite failing to hit the target with any of his 13 shots at this summer's tournament.

 

The main injury doubt for France surrounds Blaise Matuidi, who was forced off against Belgium following a collision with Eden Hazard. However, the midfielder is expected to start after being cleared of concussion, and France could therefore name an unchanged side from the semi-final.

 

For Croatia to do the same, Dalic must first be satisfied that his players have fully recovered from a gruelling schedule which has seen them play 120 minutes three times in the space of 10 days.

 

Momentum seemed to give the Croatian players an extra boost against England and, if anything, they appeared to get stronger as the game wore on, so Dalic is unlikely to make any changes if he can avoid it.

 

There are no new injury concerns for his side after Sime Vrsaljko and Danijel Subasic came through the England game unscathed, and Marcelo Brozovic's performance in the semi-final is expected to have earned him another starting spot for the final.

 

Perisic was Croatia's main dangerman against England and he has now been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments, which is a joint-national record alongside 1998 top-scorer Davor Suker.

 

While Suker was the talisman when Croatia finished third 20 years ago, Modric has taken on that role now and he has created 16 chances at this World Cup - twice as many as any of his teammates.

 

France possible starting lineup:

Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud

 

Croatia possible starting lineup:

Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rebic, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic; Mandzukic

 

Head To Head

France have never lost in their five previous meetings with Croatia, winning three of those including the most high-profile one, which came in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.

 

Thuram scored twice in that match as France came from a goal down to win 2-1 en route to the trophy, and their only other meeting at a major tournament was a 2-2 draw at Euro 2004.

 

The two sides have only met once since that latter contest, and that ended in a goalless friendly stalemate at the Stade de France in March 2011.

 

The Betting Verdict:

Croatia have done brilliantly to make it this far, but France are a step up from what they have faced to this point and Les Bleus are hitting their stride at the perfect time. The French midfield looks adequately equipped to curtail the influence of Modric and Rakitic, so we are backing Deschamps's side to lift the trophy.

 

France VS Croatia

Handicap Pick: France to win

 

France VS Croatia, France will win comfortably

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