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France vs Croatia Prediction & Betting tips
The French national football team defeated Croatia 4-2 on July 15, 2018 in the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. For the first time since this duel, the two teams are now facing each other again in a competitive game and of course the fiery ones are eager to finally return the favor after a little more than two years at the Equipe Tricolore for what is probably the most painful defeat in the association’s history.
However, in the run-up to the match between France and Croatia, the bookmakers’ odds clearly pointed towards “Les Bleus”, as the odds comparison of the betting base shows.
No wonder, because for France against Croatia, not only the home advantage must be included in the forecast, but also the first matchday of the Nations League Group A3. While France celebrated a 1-0 away win against Sweden, Croatia completely lost to defending champions Portugal with 1: 4 and confirmed the downward trend since the 2018 World Cup.
As the reigning world champion, the French national soccer team started the UEFA Nations League, which was held for the first time in the 2018/19 season, with great ambitions. In the tough group of three with Germany and the Netherlands, Didier Deschamps’ men ultimately missed the leap into the Final Four tournament with seven out of twelve possible points.
Now the Équipe Tricolore want to do better in the group of four with Sweden, Croatia and defending champion Portugal. After the opening win against Sweden was already successful, at home against Croatia should now be matched accordingly.
The undertaking can be rated as very promising, given the fact that Didier Deschamps has a very powerful squad available. Only Champions League final scorer Kingsley Coman, Benjamin Pavard, Blaise Matuidi and Thomas Lemar are missing from the players who would normally have been considered for a starting eleven.
Accordingly, it makes perfect sense to play Tip 1 in France against Croatia, especially since the French national football team can also compete at home in Saint-Denis. The Équipe Tricolore lost a competitive game here in the European Championship final in 2016.
In any case, the latest record of “Les Bleus” is impressive. Only two defeats have been recorded in the last 29 international matches (22 wins, five draws), although during this period the 2018 World Cup also played against big names like Argentina and Uruguay and in the Nations League against Germany and the Netherlands.
In addition, there was the strong run in the European Championship qualification, where the Équipe Tricolore was surprisingly defeated in the opening game against Turkey, but then took eight wins and one draw and thus celebrated the group victory.
The Croatian national soccer team has been much less successful since the lost World Cup final in 2018. Some top performers ended their careers in the national team, which is why a change had to take place within the team.
Zlatko Dalic, who was able to lead the Kockasti into an important final for the first time in its history, was allowed to accompany this change. The 53-year-old is still in the criticism despite a successful European Championship qualification.
After all, the fiery ones in qualification group E had no real competition worth mentioning on paper with Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, but they could “only” win five of the eight games.
Added to this is the disappointing performance at the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, when the Croatians were actually relegated to League B with only four points from the group with Spain and England. It was only thanks to a realignment of the competition that they remained “first class”.
In the demanding group of four with Portugal, France and Sweden it can be assumed that relegation will not be decided in a duel with reigning European champions Portugal and world champions France, but rather in the games against the Swedes.
However, the fact that the Kockasti got completely under the wheels with 1: 4 in Portugal on matchday one underscores that the difficult upheaval is still going on. To be dealt with in this amount can hardly meet the demands of the reigning vice world champion.
France vs Croatia head to head matches
15.07.18 WC France Croatia 4 : 2
29.03.11 FI France Croatia 0 : 0
17.06.04 EUR Croatia France 2 : 2
27.05.00 FI Croatia France 0 : 2
12.11.99 FI France Croatia 3 : 0