Place: Russia. Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium.
Date: on the 15th of July, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia. Final.
France (the head coach Didier Deschamps)
On the 15th of July 2018 in Luzhniki will be held the decisive final match of the FIFA World Cup in Russia with participation of the national teams of France and Croatia. For France it will be the 3rd final in the history (1998, 2006, 2018). We will remind you that France is a world champion of 1998. And it was the last FIFA World Cup for today in frames of which the hosts of the tournament participated in the decisive final match. In that match the team of Aimé Jacquet headed by Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Youri Djorkaeff has crushed Brazil (3:0) and for the first time became the world champion. And in already eight years in Germany, France has lost to Italy (1:1 and 3:5 in penalty shootout) and were pleased with the vice-champion’s title.
The modern team of Didier Deschamps is playing on tactical scheme 4-2-3-1. And, on the position of the left winger which was initially created to Ousmane Dembélé the head coach of France is using the third holding midfielder. In two last matches of the playoffs against Argentina (4:3) and Belgium (1:0) it was Blaise Matuidi, and in a quarterfinal match against team of Uruguay (2:0) Corentin Tolisso. Such tactical novelty misleads the rivals and considerably increases the attacking potential of France. Blaise Matuidi is more often displaced in the center and on his position Paul Pogba and Lucas François Hernández are playing.
The best players of France on the FIFA World Cup in Russia are – Kylian Mbappé (mean mark 7.72), Antoine Griezmann (7.45) and Paul Pogba (7.31).
Croatia (the head coach Zlatko Dalić)
Croatia is celebrating! The Blazers for the first time have reached the World Cup final. And it is the first case in 56 years after the World Cup 1962 in Chile when the team that doesn’t belong to the elite world football is playing in the final of the World Cup. On the FIFA World Cup in Chile it was the national team of Czechoslovakia, and now Croatia.
Former highest achievement of the Blazers has been established exactly 20 years ago in France when the legendary team of Miroslav Blažević has lost in a semi-final to the hosts of the tournament (1:2) and then in a match for the third place with the same score (2:1) has won over the Flying Dutchmen.
In frames of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the team of Zlatko Dalić has proved to be the real fighter. All three matches of the playoffs with participation of Croats in the main time have ended in draw. As a result, by the total result of playing time the Blazers have played 90 minutes more, than France.
The best players of Croatia on the FIFA World Cup in Russia are Mario Mandžukić (7.59), Luka Modrić (7.58) and Ivan Rakitić (.7.45).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match France vs. Croatia
The history of opposition of the current finalists of Russian FIFA World Cup in Russia contains five official matches in which France has won three victories and has twice tied the score. Thus, Croatia has never in the quarter-century history has managed to won over the world champions 1998. And now the bright favorite of the forthcoming final is considered to be the team of Didier Deschamps’s: France – 1.95, Croatia – 4.75.
The most considerable in the history of opposition of two national teams is the semifinal match of the French World Cup 1998 which as we have already noted, was won by the hosts with the score – 2:1. In that unforgettable semi-final the Blazers have taken the lead in a debut of the second half after the accurate shot of the center forward of Real Davor Šuker (the current president of football federation of Croatia). But then the real hero of the match became a right wingback of the hosts Lilian Thuram who has scored two goals in Dražen Ladić’s gate (2:1). And in three days France has won over Brazil in the final match (3:0).
And now the most interesting fact! The final of the World Cup 1998 became the last in which standard total has been crossed 2.5. And if on two subsequent FIFA World Cups (2002 and 2006) in decisive matches two goals have been scored, then the outcome of the South African World Cup 2010 and Brazilian final 2014 was solved by two direct shots of Andrés Iniesta, Spain and Mario Götze, Germany. That is, here we have seen only one scored goal, and, only in extra time. So, what do we have now? The status and the value of the final match are so high that its participants, first of all, will be thinking of safety of their own gates. We doubt that this sixteen-year tradition will be broken in the final match in Moscow…
Total under (2.5) goals – odds 1.50 Betfair
France to win – odds 2.0 Asianodds