France and Croatia seek World Cup glory

World Cup 2018 Final: Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match

France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

Matuidi did not play the full 90 minutes against Belgium in the semi-final due to his collision with Eden Hazard but he did not suffer a concussion so he could play. We think the truth lies somewhere
in-between the two.

48′ Luka Modric swings in the corner from the right while Dejan Lovren from Croatia heads the ball to a teammate. Striker Mario Mandzukic is also an awkward forward to defend against and could cause problems with his aerial prowess while Ivan Perisic was a threat throughout as Croatia saw off England.

Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Croatia, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.

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Didier Deschamps' charges were touted as one of the favourites to win the tournament and have up to now met those expectations, albeit not always in convincing fashion.

They have only met once in a World Cup which was in a 1998 semi-final match and it ended as a 2-1 victory for France who went on to win the tournament.

World Cup 2018 Final: Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match
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"I've travelled from Zagreb with my father for the final, because it might never happen again".

"The story is different now. I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most handsome page".

It is a match between one of world's oldest nation and a country that became independent less than 30 years ago. That difference is usually worth four percentage points in win probability alone, before you account for the difference in talent levels between the teams. France have generally sat deep in the knockout phase so far, and Modric and Rakitic may have opportunities to control the game. France will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, when history will await the victors in the Russian capital. Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in their first. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted.

"As long as the team is winning, I'm as happy as can be", he added, explaining his role as: "I try to create channels and spaces for my teammates". They know what is at stake, but if they are unable to give their all they will tell us.

The betting markets seem to have accounted for these additional factors and tipped the balance further in favour of France.

"If Croatia can win then we will all be able to dream of doing it", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said on the eve of the game, spelling out that the dominance of the tournament by the larger, established footballing super powers could be at an end.

Croatia should be able to start with Ivan Strinic and Mario Mandzukic despite both going off with injuries against England.

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