Odds on Croatia to beat France – Betting Preview, World Cup 201814th July 2018 / lee
France v Croatia World Cup 2018, 15th July – 4.00 p.m
Despite having had an easier draw than France have had in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup, Croatia have had a tough time of things. They couldn’t complete a knockout stage match in 90-minutes and so they have had to end up doing a lot of extra work to just reach the final.
But they were written off in the semi finals in taking on England, and yet the Croats still couldn’t be broken. Time and time they have shown resilience and determination and just one more effort now will see them go back home as World Champions. The odds on Croatia to beat France are big, but can they defy them?
France vs Croatia Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.)
Can Croatia pull off the incredible and win their first ever World Cup Final? Well, there is actually a little bit of history on their side. Of the eight nations to have previously won a World Cup, six of them collected their first (or only) title in their first ever World Cup Final appearance. The odds on Croatia to beat France are 15/4* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 pm) making them underdogs, but they have been in the position of underdogs before at this tournament and have prevailed.
Defying the odds
Croatia were only second favourites to win their group and ahead of the tournament, they were underdogs for their big duel against Argentina during the group stage. Well, Croatia went out, won all three of their group stage games, including a 3-0 demolition job against Argentina to top the pile and defy the odds. That was such a huge moment for them too because it put them down into the easier bottom half of the draw.
They were underdogs for their semi-final match against England as well. That was on the basis that they had needed extra time and penalties to get past Denmark and then Russia in the previous two rounds and that the extra physical toll was going to be too much for them after that. It wasn’t and actually, without a doubt, it was Croatia who finished the stronger and fitter of the two sides, taking a 2-1 win over the Three Lions after extra time.
The Croatians are carrying form and they are undefeated in their last seven games. Despite not really having a world class striker to call on, they have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games (including extra time) which is such a great return from them. They are on a seven-match scoring streak going into the World Cup final and both teams to score is at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) as the Croatians have gone without a clean sheet in their last four games.
There is going to be the big stamina question come up again. They have played extra time in each of their knockout stage games and that’s the equivalent of an extra match played (90 minutes). So they have certainly put in a lot of extra work. France in composition didn’t need extra time in any of their knockout stage games. So will Croatia have enough left in the tank? They will have had a day’s less rest than France as well.
Grinding it out
Croatia have a good midfield led by Luka Modric, the king of their Golden Generation. It may, as we saw against England at times, particularly in the first half, be a matter of them just grinding it out. They did a great job of limiting England’s attack and France haven’t shown a tremendous amount of attacking flair at the tournament despite all the talent they have. France look a pragmatic side with midfield strength and there is every chance that they will be lining up with the same formation and therefore each will cancel the other out. That keeps Croatia in this.
The quieter Croatia can keep France, the better off they will be. Croatia are 7/4 odds to Lift The Trophy* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.) and that just backs them to get the job done by hook or by crook. They don’t care how they win this. Whether it through another extra time period or even in a penalty shootout (each of the last three World Cup Finals have been to extra time), they are standing on the brink of some pretty huge history.
France v Croatia Predictions
Croatia have shown that they can stick in there and dig out results. But this will be the best team that they have faced since the group stage and it is not going to be an easy one for them to get the job done in. However, if you are backing the Croatians then there is nothing wrong with a nice 9/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July, 2018 at 6:12 pm) on a Croatia Draw No Bet.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!