France and Croatia meet on Sunday in the 2018 World Cup Final
France are understandably favourites for the final having beaten Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final. With all the talent in the world in their side they repeatedly do enough to get through, and are more organised than at the beginning of the competition. Varane is in imperious form at centre back, Kante the best defensive midfielder in the competition and in Mbappe they have the break out attacking star of the tournament. Accused of playing “anti-football” by Courtois after the game it feels like they have another level to go to if required
Croatia have won three extra time knock out matches to reach the final. Amazingly they came on strong in the second half against England having been dominated in the first half. The ended up running a combined 142km over the 120 minutes, more than they had against Russia a few days earlier when they looked out on their feat. This triumph of will and unity obviously reflects well but can they do it again?
Prices for the final are France 19/20 Croatia 15/4 and the draw 23/10 with Bet365. Under 2.5 goals is 4/9 which seems logical, it should be low scoring, finals often are even before we consider the approach of both teams.
I think at 19/20 you have to back France.