Date with Destiny: France to Create Its Own vs. Croatia in World Cup Final

Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:55 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018 1:55 PM UTC

France and Croatia have a shot at sporting immortality when they meet in Sunday's World Cup final in Russia, and the odds on Les Bleus look attractive.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/world-cup/france-vs-croatia-3391161/" title="France-Croatia Odds">France vs. Croatia (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3391161, "sportsbooksIds":[43,180,1389,1275,139], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>France and Croatia will meet Sunday in Moscow for the greatest prize in world football. Billions of people across the globe will tune in to watch the drama unfold, and sporting immortality is at stake for the players that will contest the World Cup final. <a href="http://Soccer Odds">The French are the clear favorites</a> after they emerged victorious in a heavyweight semi-final clash with Belgium, but Croatia will approach the match in fearless fashion. They displayed great desire and mental fortitude to vanquish the English in their semi-final, dispelling any notions that they might be suffering from fatigue.</p><p>The stage is set for an epic midfield battle at Luzhniki Stadium. On one side you have France's N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, the most athletic and formidable midfield pairing in the world. Kante will cover every blade of grass, charging about the pitch like a man possessed to close down opponents, win the ball and spring counter-attacks. Pogba is rejuvenated for the national team, playing the box-to-box role like Patrick Vieira in his prime, but with a better long passing game. There is only one midfield in the world that could possibly stand up to them, and that is Croatia’s.</p><p>Croatia's Luka Modric has been the player of the tournament. He is the +225 second favorite with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> to win the Golden Ball and that looks like a great bet. He took charge of the game against England, running rings around Jordan Henderson and dictating the pace of the match with his brilliance. Alongside him Ivan Rakitic is a blur of endeavor, industry and dynamism. This Real Madrid and Barcelona duo can go up against Kante and Pogba and match them stride for stride. It should be a fascinating clash. Whoever wins it will lead their team to victory in the game.</p><p>Question marks still linger over Croatia’s defense. Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka were not unduly troubled against England, but now they must contend with the live wire that is Kylian Mbappe. The teenage striking sensation is the only man ahead of Modric in the Golden Ball betting, and that is largely based on his match winning performance against Argentina in the last 16. He scored twice, upstaged Lionel Messi and led his team to a thrilling 4-3 victory. He has not been as consistent as Modric, and he only showed flashes of his brilliance in subsequent games against Uruguay and Belgium, failing to get on the score sheet in either, so the Croat still looks a better option for player of the tournament. But Mbappe’s quality is clear, and he has the potential to annihilate this Croatian defense. Alongside him, France have plenty of options: Antoine Griezmann is always dangerous, Olivier Giroud offers aerial threat and the likes of Ousmane Dembele can come on and mix it up.</p><p>Croatia is also full of invention. They are all technically gifted and supremely comfortable on the ball, and that allowed them to overwhelm England in extra time Wednesday. All three of their knockout games have gone to extra time and they always found a way to win, so write them off at your peril. But France is a winning machine under Didier Deschamps, and they have been able to stifle all their opponents. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">Les Bleus are -105 with Bet365 to win this game in 90 minutes</a> and that looks like an interesting set of odds. They are -225 to lift the trophy, which looks appealing for anyone feeling more cautious. Under 2.5 goals might also appeal at -200 as this looks set to be a tight, cagey affair played out largely in midfield.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=5754&amp;book=worldcup-picks">Check Out SBR's World Cup Page</a></h2>
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