Kick-off: 1945, 08/09/2020
Stadium: Stade De France
TV: Sky Sports
France face Croatia in a Nations League rematch of the 2018 World Cup final and are again fancied to come out on top in Paris.
Les Bleus prevailed 4-2 in Russia and started this tournament with an away win against Sweden, while the Blazers were soundly beaten in Portugal on Saturday.
We’re going with 29/20 for a home victory and over 2.5 goals in the game for our first France vs Croatia prediction.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
Kylian Mbappe’s solo effort from a tight angle settled France’s 1-0 triumph in Stockholm but that was a more open contest than the scoreline suggests.
Hugo Lloris did well to deny Marcus Berg, Emil Forsberg and John Guidetti to keep a clean sheet for Les Bleus.
At the other end, Antoine Griezmann smashed a late penalty over the bar after Anthony Martial was brought down by Manchester United team-mate Victor Lindelof.
Didier Deschamps said: “Not everything was perfect and we could have done better in attacking terms.”
Mbappe added: “We’re trying a new system and it was a difficult away game, but we saw that it could be better in the future.”
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
Croatia have rested Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic for their opening two fixtures and lacked intensity when going down 4-1 in Portugal.
Bruno Petkovic finished off a well-worked move to give the Blazers a consolation goal on the break.
However, their hosts hit the woodwork three times in an emphatic victory, even without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Zlatko Dalic picked a team with one eye on the future and admitted: “This will hurt for a while; Portugal were much better and they deserved to win.
“We have to show more energy and desire, but it will again be very difficult against France.”
The visitors did at least make it 14 straight matches in which they have scored and will be keen to keep that run going.
Sweden 0-1 FRANCE – Kylian Mbappe
Portugal 4-1 CROATIA – Bruno Petkovic
Head-to-head: France 4-2 Croatia, France 0-0 Croatia, Croatia 2-2 France, Croatia 0-2 France, France 3-0 Croatia
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