France v Croatia World Cup Final Betting Tips and Offers
Didier Deschamps’ France and Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday afternoon. This promises to be a thrilling final between two pretty evenly matched sides. Will the French win the World Cup 20 years on from their greatest triumph, or can Croatia carve their name on the famous trophy for the first time?
France v Croatia Betting Tips
- France to Win to Nil at 17/10 with BetVictor
- Antoine Griezmann to Score First at 9/2 with Coral
French Defence Holds Firm
France were far from their best in the group stage, labouring to back-to-back wins over Australia and Peru before drawing 0-0 with Denmark to go through on seven points from a possible nine.
Deschamps’ side have really come to life in the knockout rounds, though, starting with an impressive 4-3 victory over Argentina in the Round of 16. Les Bleus then beat Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-final to setup a mouth-watering semi-final tie with Belgium. Samuel Umtiti’s second-half header was enough to give the French a 1-0 win at the Krestovsky Stadium to book their place in the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years.
Croatia on Edge of Miracle
Croatia, meanwhile, were very impressive in the group stages, easing to wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to claim top spot in Group D, scoring seven and shipping just one along the way.
However, things have been a lot tougher in the knockouts, as they have needed penalties to see off both Denmark and Russia before meeting England in the last four. A second-half strike by Ivan Perisic cancelled out Kieran Trippier’s early goal to take the match to extra time. Mario Mandzukic proved to be the hero with the winner with just 11 minutes left on the clock.
France’s Olivier Giroud is a doubt after picking up a knock in the win against Belgium. As for Croatia, they could be without the influential Perisic, who suffered an injury to his thigh on Wednesday. Other than those potential doubts, both sides are at full strength for this showpiece final.
The BettingOffers Verdict
Of course, both nations will be desperate to take home the richest prize in world football, but we don’t anticipate this to be an open game. This has the potential to go either way at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, but France are fancied to prevail in the Russian capital.
With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba – among several others – firing on all cylinders, Les Bleus will be a hard nut to crack for the Croatians. France have won their last two without conceding, and we like the look of BetVictor’s 17/10 for them to win to nil again this Sunday.
Without hitting the dizzy heights, France’s Griezmann has found the net three times in Russia. The Atletico Madrid man is always a threat, and he will back himself to get his name on the scoresheet in Moscow. Griezmann is available at 9/2 with Coral to net first on Sunday.