Prior to the start to this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, it is somewhat safe to assume that most Football fans around the globe did not give a chance to either France or Croatia to reach the finals of the 2018 World Cup Finals.
Considering that all the hype was mostly around the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Spain, it is indeed amazing to witness that both France and Croatia especially have defied all the odds in spectacular fashion and are now all set to clash against each other at the Luzhinki Stadium on Sunday evening.
France’s journey in this year’s FIFA World Cup has been nothing short of spectacular, after two disappointing performances at the 2010 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Les Bleus were determined to put on a memorable show in Russia this year and with a squad that currently consists some of the best youngsters from around the world in Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, and Kylian Mbappe; Didier Deschamps’ men have experienced an amazing journey in Russia this year.
Deschamps’ men kicked-off their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Australia and continued their tremendous form in the knockout stages as well, as they picked up three huge wins over World Cup favourites Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium in the semi-final.
France’s opponents, Croatia, on the other hand, have shocked the entire world with their surprising campaign in Russia thus far. Led by the ever-versatile Luka Modric, the Croatian side has arguably been the most prominent team in this year’s World Cup, with a squad full of superstars.
The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren have all definitely stepped up their game and have lived up to their full potential in Russia.
In their course to reaching the semifinals, Niko Kovac’s men have certainly caused more than one upset in this year’s FIFA World Cup and after having defeated the likes of Argentina, Denmark, and England in their route to the final, the Croatians will definitely be confident about the fact that they can indeed pull off one final upset in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
France vs Croatia Injury Update:
Both France and Croatia are expected to start with their same line-ups from the semi-finals, as both teams apparently have no casualties in their squad.
France vs Croatia Probable Line-ups:
France vs Croatia Previous Meetings:
France and Croatia previously collided at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals at the Stade de France, with the Les Bleus coming out on top with a scoreline of 2-1.
France vs Croatia Key Players:
As noted in Croatia’s previous match against England, Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is going to be one of the biggest threats to the French defence, alongside the likes of Mario Mandzukic in the attack.
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic will also look to control the game from the midfield.
As for the French, both Griezmann and Mbappe will be the biggest threats to the Croatian defence as both wingers possess some tremendous pace and will look to cause trouble to the Croatia backline.
France Current Form: W, W, W, W, W
Croatia Current Form: W, W, W, W, W
France vs Croatia Betting Odds:
France to Win: 9/20
Croatia to Win: 7/4
France vs Croatia Live Streaming:
The final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, scheduled for Sunday evening, will be telecasted in the Sony Ten Network as well as on DD Sports from 8:30 PM IST. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.