FRANCE vs CROATIA
KICK OFF: Sunday 15th July 2018 | 16: 00 CET
WORLD CUP FINAL | LUZHNIKI STADIUM, MOSCOW
Who will win the 2018 World Cup: France or Croatia?
After a whole month of festive football, France and Croatia will battle it out to conclude the 2018 World Cup. France was expected to go deep in this tournament, but nobody saw Croatia making it to the finals. The French have been efficient in eliminating quality opposition, while Croatia has toiled more than any other team. Will the final game see those efforts rewarded or will it be a step too far?
Didier Deschamps is not expected to alter his squad even though Blaise Matuidi suffered a collision with Eden Hazard in the semi-finals. Of course, the most significant French threat is Kylian Mbappe, no one in a checkered jersey will catch the youngster sprinting towards goal with the ball at his feet. As for Croatia, they have a few issues regarding the fitness of Ivan Strinic and Mario Mandzukic fitness.
This will be a tense affair, just like any other final. France has kept two clean sheets from their last two games, the Croats have always found a way to the net, masters at coming from behind.
I’m backing Croatia’s resilience to continue in this one to lift the trophy.
- France has trailed for only 9 minutes in this World Cup, while Croatia has come from behind in their three knockout games.
- Despite taking part in all games for France, Olivier Giroud is yet to register a shot on target.