FIFA World Cup Final: France Vs Croatia Betting Preview
All good things must come to an end, and Sunday will see the final game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Make no mistake about it, this has been the best FIFA World Cup that we have seen in many, many years, and it’s one that football fans don’t want to see come to a close. All we can hope is that the final lives up to what the rest of the tournament has delivered. It has been non-stop action and drama from start to finish, but do we have one more dramatic turn to come before the eventual winners hoist the trophy on Sunday afternoon? Croatia come into this one as the big underdogs, and for a very good reason. They are the smallest nation to reach the FIFA World Cup Final since Uruguay did it in 1950, and they are also the lowest ranked team to make an appearance in the final. The hope for Croatia will be that they can pull the same type of upset that Uruguay did back in 1950, when they downed the might Brazil 2-1 in the final. It will be former winners France who will be next up, which should make for a great match-up.
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⚽: France Vs Croatia (Final)
🏟️: Luzhniki Stadium Moscow
⏰: Sunday, July 15 at 11:00 AM EST
🎰: France -½ -115 | -115 | U 2 -125
Why bet on France
We have seen two very different France teams show up at this FIFA World Cup, but the biggest question heading into the final on Sunday in which one will be on display when it matters most. For the most part, the French have been a defensively solid, well-organized team that has been incredibly difficult to break down. They have not really been forced to show off their attacking flair, but when it was required in the Round of 16 against Argentina, they turned it on in a big way, winning that game 4-3. This has been a breakout tournament for 19-year old Kylian Mbappe, as everything positive that France has done in the attack has gone through him. Mbappe has 3 goals in the tournament and is the man that Croatia are going to need to focus on this Sunday. If he gets loose, this one could be over quickly.
Why bet on Croatia
This has been a bit of a miracle run for Croatia, but you really do need to wonder how much gas they have left in the tank. They have needed extra-time and/or penalties in all 3 of their knockout games, which is a schedule that takes a toll on even the fittest of teams. It’s not just physically draining, but also a huge demand on the mental aspect of the game, especially when you consider that Croatia have had to come back from behind in all 3 of those wins. They have given up an early goal twice during this run, and that could prove to be a real problem on Sunday if they do the same against France. The French play a system that is designed to go into shutdown mode once they get the lead, so Croatia need to hang in there and get in front if possible to have any chance here.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I really believe that it is asking too much of this Croatia team to somehow find a way to win again. I would not be surprised to see this one head into extra-time, though, as I expect a tight affair and a France win.
Predicted Score: France 1 Croatia 0