How to Bet The World Cup Final: France vs Croatia

Alex Campean

Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:53 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 2:53 PM UTC

France and Croatia made it to the 21st World Cup Final. Les Blues will seek their second title on their third final, Croatia is here for the first time.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/world-cup/france-vs-croatia-3391161?mtid=1" title="Live Odds for this game">France vs Croatia</a></h2><p>After another drama match, Croatia managed to beat England, coming back from 1 goal down and booking their World Cup final tickets with a beautiful performance in extra time in which they scored the winning goal by Mandzukic. They seemed to be tired in the 1st half of the game, conceding an early goal in the 5th minute but they showed once again that they shouldn’t be underestimated, scoring a magnificent goal by Perisic and pushing the match in overtime. Mario Mandzukic was the extra-time hero against the Three Lions, his 109th-minute goal proving the difference and earning his team a well-deserved spot in the World Cup final. They are the only side to arrive in a World Cup final after winning all their knock-out stage matches in extra time or penalties. their three consecutive overtime matches are equal to playing one more entire fixture so the only question is how fit they will be in the final game. They demonstrated once again that they are warriors and they will fight till the end to bring the trophy home and be the smallest nation to win the World Cup. Also, their medical team was at their highest level recovering goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, central defender Dejan Lovren, right-back Sime Vrsaljko and forward Ante Rebic for the match against England.</p><p>On the other side, France defeated Belgium 1-0 to qualify for their 3rd World Cup final, having a huge chance to win their 2nd World Cup trophy. They look fresh, full of confidence, well-organized, balanced and eager to win the trophy despite being the 2nd youngest team in Russia. Against Belgium they had a conservative approach, scoring one goal, giving away the possession and leaving no spaces in their rock-solid defense. They are clinical, deadly on the break with Kylian Mbappe being the player to watch. They are always trying to impose their rhythm, control the pace and score 1st to make their opponents work for the equalizer and strike on the break. They have a brilliant midfield with N’Golo Kante recuperating many balls and Paul Pogba delivering some excellent assists for his amazing team-mates in the attack – Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.</p><p>Many players from the 2 squads are team-mates in Europe – Croatia’s goalkeeper Subasic with Djibril Sidibé and Thomas Lemar at AS Monaco, France’s Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé with Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona, Croatia’s star player Luka Modric and Kovacic with Raphael Varane at Real Madrid, France’s Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernández with Šime Vrsaljko at Atletico Madrid and finally Croatia’s striker Super Mario Mandzukic with Blaise Matuidi at Serie A champions Juventus. They know each other very well and they are top players performing at the highest level in Europe.</p><p>We expect a thrilling match closer than the odds suggest in which France are huge favourites being priced at 1.92 <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=e605009c-af6d-4596-a06f-dbd28d37b12f&amp;f=2" title="top rated sportsbook">with Bet365</a> but Croatia will certainly play they chances having nothing to lose. Both sides have huge depth and amazing attacking firepower so we expect both of them to contribute on the scoreboard. France have the 1st chance to lift the trophy but the match might go to extra-time so the smart thing to do is to skip the winners market.</p><p>Best pick for the match: Both teams to score at 2.43 <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&amp;a=26ea6fa8-c86d-4d9d-9328-b4c0b06702ae&amp;f=2" title="top rated sportsbook">with Unibet</a>.</p>
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