Croatia vs France
UEFA Nations League
Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Maksimir.
In arguably the toughest group of the competition, both finalists of the 2018 World Cup along with the reigning European champions are locked in a race for the top-most spot. After three match-days, Sweden seem to be effectively out of the equation.
At the commencement of the tournament, Didier Deschamps’s men had the highest probability of making it to the semis, but Portugal have made it a little difficult now.
Les Bleus cannot afford to drop a point going forward. They are desperate for the win. They simply cannot go a second season without a final-four appearance in the Nations League.
This Wednesday, in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup Final, they will take on the Chequered Ones. Considering the recent domination of world football by Deschamps’s men, their h2h superiority over this opponent, and their sheer determination to secure a semi-final entry, expect a France win.
Croatia vs France: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two locked horns, Les Bleus had recorded a 4-2 win.
- The game before that was the title-decider in the 2018 World Cup, and then they had recorded another 4-2 win. In fact, it was one of the most comfortable final wins in recent FIFA history. Such was the ease with which Hugo Lloris and his boys had won the game.
- Going on, they also have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival in the past 22-year-period.
- Disregarding a single goalless draw in a friendly, the world champions have scored two or more goals in 100% of encounters so far.
Croatia vs France: Prediction
Zlakto Dalic’s men recorded a 2-1 win at home the last match-day, against Sweden. In the meantime, Deschamps’s men were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Portugal.
Going on, Les Bleus were unbeaten in 37 of their previous 40 overall match-ups, and they have registered two four-match winning streaks, and a five-fixture winning run in the past two years.
Keep note that they are also on a four-game winning run on the road as well.
On the other hand, their counterparts had lost two of their preceding four fixtures, and have consistently struggled against quality opponents. To further quote a stat, they are still searching for their first h2h win against this rival, and have conceded two or more goals in all but one clash till now.
Finally, the reigning world champions are desperate for these three points to keep pace with Portugal, for the top-most spot.
Considering these factors, expect France to dominate proceedings in this repeat of the Final, that took place twp years back.
Croatia vs France: Betting Tips
Draw No Bet: France @ 1.50 (1/2)
France to Win Either Half @ 1.60 (3/5).