France vs Croatia
2018 World Cup finals
On the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will meet France and Croatia.
Croatia with place in this finals already made biggest success ever. Namely they were once in SF. It was long back in 1998 when current Football Association president, Davor Šuker was the main player. Back then it was huge success but this today's generation with Modrić, Rakitić, Mandžukić, Perišić ... proved to be even better.
BTW, in 1998 Croatia was stopped in the semifinals exactly by French team who was the host and who later also won the title. That was their first WC title and still the only one. France definitely will be looking to now repeat success from 2 decades ago.
IMO they have valid reasons to hope in such outcome.
Who followed my previews had chance to see how much I respect Croatia as a team as well as individual players quality. But now I think they finally came across really tough challenge. France IMO will be too much for them.
From the angle of experience, Croatia might hold the edge cause their best players really have enough experience. But IMO exactly French youth could be positive factor here. French team mamaged quite well so far, I don't see reason to be different now.
The advantage I always pointed out for Croatia was their great midfield. But now IMO they will face another as good if not even better midfield. Plus, when attack is in question, I see clear advantage on the French side. Their pair of Griezmann & Mbappe is unmatched here IMO of course.
I also like very much the fact France proved to be very strong when they need to chase result (made comeback against Argentina after being 1:2 down and won on great style 4:3) and being even stronger when they made result. Namely against Belgium when they took 1:0 lead, France completely shutdown great Belgian attack.
I can't say if this would be great game as mentioned vs Argentina or it would be one boring and too tactical game similar to mentioned one vs Belgium. But I can say the French team hold the edge and should win this finals. Hopefully it is going to be in regular 90 minutes.
France vs Croatia prediction
|France 1x2||Pinnacle||1.95||8||4-2 WON (+7.6 units)|