Prediction France – Croatia World Cup – Final
The two nations obviously want to win this World Cup final.
State of form
Author of a near perfect course since his arrival in Russia, France is still undefeated in this 2018 World Cup. Authors of a 1st part of World average, the Tricolores have dominated Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0) and conceded a draw against Denmark (0-0) in the group stage. At the top of their group, Didier Deschamps’s men then overtook Argentina in the round of 16 (4-3) and Uruguay (2-0) in the quarterfinals, without shaking too much. Opposed to Belgium in the semifinals, Didier Deschamps’s men clearly suffered in front of the Red Devils in confidence, but they were very solid and tactically intelligent to finally snatch a short victory thanks to a head of Umtiti on corner (1-0).
For its part, Croatia started with 3 consecutive successes in this 2018 World Cup, respectively against Nigeria (2-0), Argentina (3-0) and Iceland (2-1). Much less convincing in the knockout matches, the checkered team went through the penalty shoot-out against Denmark in 8th (1-1, 3-2 tab) and Russia (host country) in 1/4 final (2-2 4-3 tab). Faced with England in 1/2, the partners of Ivan Rakitic this time qualified in overtime against the Three Lions (2-1 ap), after a totally crazy meeting.
The staff for France – Croatia
We do not change a team that wins on the French side. Indeed, we should logically see the same eleven on the field for this final. Again decisive in his cages against the Belgians, Captain Lloris will lead a solid defense at 4 Pavard-Varane-Umtiti-Hernandez, while the inexhaustible Kanté will be associated with the excellent Pogba in the middle. In front, the trio Matuidi-Griezmann-Mbappé will have to combine again with Giroud in tip to go to pierce the English defense. Touched in half-final in a big contact with Hazard, Matuidi should hold well on the left side.
Same scenario for Croatia which should renew the team that dominated England. Subasic will start in the cages behind the Vrsaljko-Lovren-Vida-Strinic quartet, Rakitic and Brozovic will play in front of the defense. The Croatian midfielder is full of quality with the trio Rakitic-Brozovic-Modric who can play fast forward for the offensive trident composed of Rebic, Pericic and Mandzukic (providential scorers in 1/2 for the last two cities). The Croatian left side could be reshuffled as striker Strinic and winger Perisic, affected muscularly, are announced uncertain.
Probable compositions for France – Croatia (appointment at 16h for the official songs):
France: Lloris – Hernandez, Umtiti, Varane, Pavard – Kanté, Pogba – Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi – Giroud.
Croatia: Subasic – Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic – Rakitic, Brozovic, Modric – Rebic, Mandzukic, Perisic.
In the wake of its victory against the Belgians, France can win this final against a team from Croatia who should logically blame the blow physically over the minutes.
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