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France vs Croatia - 7/15/18 World Cup Soccer Preview, Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Croatia vs. France
Date & Time Sunday July 15, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Croatia +375 / France -106 / Draw +230 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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Soccer | Croatia vs. France
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France and Croatia will play the biggest game in football. Both teams have made it to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and they will be playing for the chance to lift the greatest trophy in world football. This is a game between two amazing teams filled with many incredible players so we should be able to witness a great game of football played at the highest level.

Croatia have been the biggest surprise package in this World Cup. This team was close to not qualifying but they got over that hiccup and now enter the final of the World Cup having won every game they have played in this tournament. This match will test not only the skill and nerves of Croatia but also the fitness of the players. Croatia took all of their knockout games into extra time and that means that the Croatian have effectively played 90 minutes more football than the French. This takes a toll on players and it will be interesting to see if the Croatian are fresh enough to play at 100%. It is important to note the high quality of players that Croatia have with Luca Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic all playing very well at the moment. If they can continue their amazing form then they will cause the French some big problems.

On the other side of the coin, France will enter this game as favorites. As a nation, this is not a new position for France as they made the final in 2006 and won in 1998. This will be a different situation for the team since they will be favorites for the first time in a World Cup final. This team has developed well during the tournament and their win over Belgium showed the high quality of the team. On paper, Croatia should be weaker than Belgium but France will be cautious of their opponent.

I am going to predict that France wins. The French have looked like a top team while Croatia have lacked killer instincts at times. This should be a close game since neither side will want to concede goals but I think France have enough resources to get the job done and lift their first World Cup since 1998.

Pick:
France

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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