France vs Croatia | 15 July 2018| Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
The semifinal round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is behind us,
which means on Sunday a new champion will be crowned in Moscow, as France and Croatia remain.
Sunday’s final could end up being the soccer version of David vs.
Goliath as Croatia, a nation that became
independent in 1991 and has only been past the group stage twice, including a third-place finish in 1998.
France stood in the way of Croatia in the 1998 semifinal and wound up winning its first World Cup title on home soil
that year. France has been to three finals over the last six World Cups. France now stands in the way of Croatia’s
pursuit of winning an elusive first World Cup title.
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Blaise Matuidi should be fit to start despite going off injured against Belgium, with Didier Deschamps likely to pick the same XI as started that 1-0 win.
Ivan Strinic is also likely to recover after limping off against England, while Mario Mandzukic should also be ready despite going off with a cramp in extra-time.
In a World Cup not short of upsets, France has been the only pre-tournament favorite to live up to expectations.
As well as possessing a supremely talented squad, Deschamps’ men have generally looked organized and tactically disciplined enough to win in any circumstance.
Indeed, France prevailed in a frantic 4-3 victory over Argentina and a solid 1-0 over Belgium courtesy of a set piece, as well as comfortably seeing off Uruguay.
Having come through all three of their knockout stage matches within 90 minutes, those 10/11 (1.91) odds offer solid
a value on France proving too strong for a Croatian side that has endured three 120-minute matches within the space of 10 days.