The 64th and final match of the 2018 World Cup takes place on Sunday, with France and Croatia battling for the famous trophy. It has been clear since the final two quarter-final matches – with Uruguay and Brazil eliminated – that a European side would be winning the honour in Russia, and the semi-finals were compulsory viewing with Belgium and England, who play for third place tomorrow, both knocked out in close encounters.
Croatia have had their best ever showing at a World Cup finals and their extra-time victory over the Three Lions on Wednesday means that they are within touching distance of a maiden international trophy. Luka Modric has surely been the tournament’s outstanding central midfielder and the Real Madrid man will be key to his country’s hopes at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
At 32 this is likely to be his last chance to claim the biggest prize in international football and, given his nation’s status as underdogs, doing so would trump his four Champions Leagues with Madrid. His teammates Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic have also had an excellent time in Russia and will provide a goal threat.
France undoubtedly have the stronger squad, but their performances have generally mirrored the playing career of manager Didier Deschamps: solid defensively at the expense of attacking flair. Real intent in the opponent’s final third has invariably come from individual excellence and the relationship between Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, the latter of whom exploded onto the world stage against Argentina in the last-16, scoring twice.
Les Bleus also boast greater experience, and Deschamps was part of the 1998 winning squad, so all these aspects in their favour are displayed in the match odds at Tipbet. Both sides were unbeaten in their route to the final but France are 1.90 to be leading at 90 minutes – these odds shorten even further to 1.35 to outright win the trophy.
Croatia can take confidence from the fact that their opponents lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final despite being the home team. Zlatko Dalić’s squad, then, are 2.80 to once again defy the odds and claim the trophy for the first time, and 4.90 in normal time.
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