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14 Jul 2018 by TSZ

2018 FIFA World Cup – France vs Croatia Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 15th July, 16:00

Where? Luzhniki Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC and ITV

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer. The match also can be streamed online via ITV Player

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

FRANCE

  • France reached the final by overcoming Belgium narrowly in the semi-final and had Hugo Lloris to thank for some important saves.
  • Matuidi came off after a heavy collision in that game but has trained normally and will be fit to take his place in central midfield.
  • It is almost certain that Didier Deschamps will name the same starting line-up which he has settled on in the last few matches.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Lloris

Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez

Kante, Pogba, Matuidi

Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Mendy

CROATIA

  • Croatia beat England 2-1 in the semis to reach the final but that was the third successive match that they played 120 minutes.
  • Fatigue may be a factor especially for some of their older players in defence but their motivation should help overcome that here.
  • Coach Zlatko Dalic will likely name the same starting eleven for this match which means Kramaric will be used as a second half substitute.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Subasic

Vrsaljko, Vida, Lovren, Strinic

Rakitic, Brozovic

Perisic, Modric, Rebic

Mandzukic

Unavailable: N. Kalinic

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Croatia have reached their first ever major final and will be incredibly motivated for this. They are however coming up against the strongest team in the tournament and it is hard to imagine a tired and ageing Croatia defence being able to hold Mbappe and company for the full ninety minutes.

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