France v Croatia Predictions
Every punter worth their salt had a dark horse they fancied to make a run deep into the latter stages of the World Cup. Some thought that Mexico had a chance, others believed that Uruguay’s competitiveness meant they had a chance to win but a few savvy punters picked Croatia as the dark horses in Russia.
Croatia had arguably the strongest midfield of any team at the World Cup so some believe more people should have predicted they were on the cusp of great things.
At their best, Croatia have utilised their brilliance on the ball and intelligent movement but what’s most impressive is the way they’ve fought to progress even when well below their best. They showed both their technical and mental strength to get past England in the semi-final but will need to be even better in the World Cup final when they take on France.
Will Croatia Fall at the Final Hurdle?
While France are aiming to be crowned world champions for a second time, this is Croatia’s first appearance in the World Cup final.
That lack of experience has not hurt Croatia so far and their route to the final suggest there is little chance of them freezing on the biggest stage of all. Their mentality will be on point having made it through two penalty shootouts and extra-time against England but do they have the quality to trouble France?
As a former holding midfielder, Didier Deschamps will have paid close attention to the impressive performance of Croatia’s midfield in the semi-final.
He’ll be reminding N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba of their duties in terms of stopping Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. Providing those two play well and the French full-backs play close attention to the movement of Croatia’s wide players, France’s front three can do the damage in an attacking sense.
Les Bleus are the worthy favourites to win the final but Croatia’s fighting spirit means it makes sense to back France to lift the trophy at $1.44 with Unibet rather than to win the match inside 90 minutes.
Don’t Expect Another France Clean Sheet
Didier Deschamps is on the verge of joining a very select group of men who have won the World Cup as a player and a manager and yet he is far from popular back home in France.
The main problem that France fans have is that he has moulded the team too much in his own image. Namely, that France are too workmanlike and don’t make the most of the incredible attacking talent at their disposal.
Deschamps’ view is that building from the back provides the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann with a platform to go and do the damage. It’s worked so far in Russia as France have kept four clean sheets from their six matches.
Another clean sheet will be tough against this Croatia side though and we like the look of the $2.35 that Centrebet are quoting on both teams to score.
We also think that Croatia have enough about them to take this game to extra time once again which throws up some tempting options for our World Cup final betting tips.
France v Croatia Top Betting Tips
France to win the World Cup at $1.44 with Unibet
Both teams to score at $2.35 with Centrebet
1-1 correct score at $7.00 with Bet365
France to win in extra-time at $8.50 with Palmerbet