Free World Cup Final Pick: France vs Croatia
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France vs. Croatia
Date: Saturday, July 15th
Time: 11:00 AM ET
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
World Cup Moneyline Odds: France -110, Croatia +365, Draw +225
World Cup Spread Betting Odds: France -1/2 (+120)
World Cup Betting Total: 2
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1998 was a big year for both of these nations. Croatia was in the World Cup for the first time and impressed with a third place finish. France won as the hosts knocking out Croatia in the semifinals before beating Brazil 3-0. Croatia has already assured this will be a best ever effort but for France
France might not have been the top favourite coming into the tournament but it is definitely not a shock that they are here. They are one of the few teams that seemed to play to their potential throughout. They have posted back to back clean sheets in eliminating Uruguay and Belgium, two strong attacking teams. They are in great form heading into the Finals.
France got the win but they did not dominant against Belgium. They got a lot of shots away but in terms possession they were not the better team. France is loaded with talent but that does not mean they are going to just storm through a Croatia team that most say has had the best player in the tournament.
Croatia advanced to the Finals by besting England in extra time. This was the third contest in a row that they needed extra time to win but in this one they avoided the penalty kick scencario that can be a total crapshoot. Despite the wins and their strong play throughout they are pretty significant underdogs in this matchup. Good value too of course.
If Croatia is going to go all the way it is likely because Luka Modric gets them there. The creative midfielder has been fantastic throughout the Wolrd Cup, adding to his already significant reputation. It is not just that he is creative and effective but that he demands so much attention that it creates space for others. He has just a couple of goals so far but most are saying he deserves the Ballon d’Or, even is Croatia is not victorious.
If Modric is on his game then it will create good opportunities for Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic, both of who aso lead the club with 2 goals so far. It is fair to wonder just how much any of these players have left in the tanks given they have essentially played a full extra game at this stage of the tournament. The history does not go back all that far but they have never beaten France. This is a big stage to get over that hurdle.
Free France vs. Croatia World Cup Final Prediction:
It is absolutely not a surprise that France was installed as the favourite for this match. They didn’t get lukcy against Belgium they just took advantage of the opportunity they needed to get the win and then held the Red Devils off afterwards. If they get that always important first goal in this one it could be a lot of the same.
In a game like this getting that first goal is going to be ever more critical. Especially if Croatia can do it, as France has not sen a shot hit the back of their net in a while. It might just stun them and then who knows what will happen. If play loosens up we could get a really exciting final.
4* Free World Cup Final Betting Pick: France to win
France is obviously the safe play here but at the same time they are not terrible value. The draw is tempting given how the last few Croatia contests have played out and so is Croatia on the moneyline. Sometimes a safe play is also the smart play too. You don’t have to over think it.
World Cup Final Free Score Prediction: France 3 – Croatia 1
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