france Team News:

Didier Deschamps is not expected to make any changes for the final, with Djibril Sidibe still a doubt but always likely to be second choice behind Benjamin Pavard at right back. Blaise Matuidi is expected to recover from his collision with Eden Hazard in the semi-final.

croatia Team News:

Ivan Strinic and Mario Mandzukic both limped off against England on Wednesday night, but they're expected to be fit in time for the final as Zlatko Dalic's looks to name an unchanged starting eleven.

france vs croatia Head to Head:

France have won three and drawn two of their five previous meetings with Croatia, with the only World Cup clash between the sides ending 2-1 to France in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup. Current France manager Didier Deschamps played the full 90 minutes in that match, with France going on to win the World Cup that year.

france vs croatia Tip Reason:

The last three World Cup finals have all gone to extra-time. However, historically, only two of the showpiece games have ever been decided on penalties (1994, 2006). France have reached their third World Cup final, winning one (1998) and losing the other on penalties (2006). Their three appearances in finals since 1998 is also more than any other team over the last 20 years, ahead of Brazil and Germany (2). Croatia have reached their first World Cup final, becoming the 13th different nation and 10th European country to do so. The last two first-time finalists have both won the tournament (France in 1998 and Spain in 2010), while the last to lose were the Netherlands in 1974. France have trailed for just nine minutes and 12 seconds at the 2018 World Cup, while Croatia have been behind in all three of their knockout matches. Excluding shootouts, France have won 11 of their last 14 games in the knockout stages of the World Cup (D2 L1). Croatia progressed from their three knockout matches at the 2018 World Cup via either extra-time or penalties – no team has ever played extra-time in four different matches at a single World Cup; the others to play in three extra-time matches are Belgium (1986), England (1990) and Argentina (2014). Antoine Griezmann has scored or assisted 11 goals in nine knockout games at major tournaments (World Cup + Euro), more than any other player for France over the last 50 years ahead of Zinedine Zidane (8) and Michel Platini (6). France’s Kylian Mbappé will be looking to become only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pelé, in 1958. Mbappé (3 goals) is already the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pelé (6 in 1958). Olivier Giroud has yet to have a single shot on target at this World Cup despite playing 465 minutes for France. Since 1966, no player has had more attempts (13) in a single tournament without getting one on target. Didier Deschamps is looking to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as manager after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer. He’s won 73% of his games at the World Cup (8 out of 11), the best ratio for a manager having taken charge of more than 10 games at the tournament. Only France’s Antoine Griezmann (2 goals, 2 assists) has been directly involved in more goals than Mario Mandzukic (2 goals, 1 assist) in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup. Ivan Perisic has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint-most along with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 assist). If Raphael Varane plays, he’ll become the fifth French player to have played in both the Champions League and World Cup finals in the same year, after Thierry Henry (2006), Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu (all 1998). Varane was victorious in the Champions League, while of the other four only Karembeu was triumphant in both finals.

France vs Croatia Betting Prediction:

France 4 2 Croatia
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