World Cup 2018 | France v Croatia Tips | 15th July 2018
This Sunday the winner of the World Cup will be crowned in Moscow. Croatia aim to upset the odds as France go after a second taste of World Cup glory. Lucas Swain-Britton previews the final and gives us his best bet.
It’s nearly over! The World Cup is nearly over! With the festival of football coming to an end, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.
One thing we can all agree on is that this World Cup has been brilliant. Questions were posed when Russia were announced as hosts, but credit is due for the execution. It’s been fantastic and we’ve been treated to some quality matches.
The inclusion of VAR made this tournament unique, with numerous penalties and set-piece goals – even England impressed. Russia 2018 will forever be synonymous with how a World Cup should be.
Many, including myself, questioned France heading into the tournament. Their squad was never the problem, but the credentials of manager Didier Deschamps was the worry.
Many of their failures have been accredited to him – namely in terms of selection and tactics. Striker Karim Benzema has spoken publicly of his ill-feeling towards Deschamps.
However, in a tournament where a number of elite nations have exited, France have thrived and they’ve been doing so across the board.
Goals win matches and defences win titles is the age-old adage in football and it rings true for tournament football. Kylian Mbappe has cemented himself as one of the greatest teenagers ever with some wonderful performances – he’s helped France in the goals department too.
Moreover, Ngolo Kante has produced the best numbers for tackles and inceptions per 90 minutes in this tournament and Paul Pogba also tops the charts for metres gained by dribbles and passes. Add in a defence marshalled by the brilliant Hugo Lloris and France have the recipe for success.
France’s individual quality and depth is unrivalled and should be enough to fend off Croatia. Whilst it didn’t seem to impact the Croats against England, eventually the minutes they’ve accumulated will hamper Zlatko Dalic’s side.
Against Russia they seemed dead on their feet by the end of it and should this game go beyond 90 minutes I really fancy France to take the match. However, so do the bookmakers so taking anything on France to lift the trophy is only greeted with poor odds.
Whilst Croatia will certainly be hoping this match doesn’t go beyond 90 minutes, I do think it could. Therefore, when looking at the betting I want some form of double chance on side. All-in-all, my bet for this one is going to be France Double Chance and Under 1.5 goals.