France vs Croatia Odds

France vs Croatia World Cup 2018

32 days, 32 teams, 64 matches and it all comes down to this. France and Croatia will compete for glory in the 21st edition of the World Cup, to be held in Moscow on Sunday afternoon.

France entered the tournament as one of the favourites and although their performances have been slow and steady for the most part, they find themselves undefeated and unscathed heading into their second major final in the space of two years. While they were unable to find a winner against Portugal in 2016, they are a huge chance of bringing home the biggest cup in world sport.

The French boast a squad which is the envy of most teams at the event, so it is no surprise to see them in the final. They certainly had a challenging run to the final, needing wins against South American heavyweights Argentina and Uruguay before coming up against neighbours Belgium in the semi-finals. Their defensive performance in the last match was outstanding, and Croatia will need to be at their best to break the French down.

Croatia are often described as a 'perennial dark-horse' and they have lived up to this tag in 2018. In what must be considered a tricky group alongside the likes of Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria, the Croatians recorded three victories, none better than the 3-0 rout of Lionel Messi's men. Topping the group also meant they avoided France in the Round of 16, which was crucial to their run.

In essence, Croatia's run to the final should have been smooth sailing, although they were taken to successive penalty shootouts by Denmark and Russia respectively. It's true that there are no easy matches at the World Cup, although one must have surely doubted Croatia's staying power after they struggled to defeat weaker teams.

Yet as we've seen, Croatia step up against the bigger nations. England were flying and looked to be the favourite to clinch a place in the final at their expense when Kieran Trippier scored early in Wednesday's match. The rest is history. Mario Mandzukic popped up at the right moment to steal victory in extra time, and the Croatians will contest their first ever World Cup final.

Croatia and France have come up against each other on five occasions, although Croatia are yet to taste victory. The most famous matchup was of course the 1998 FIFA World Cup semi-final where the French managed a come-from-behind win to deny the Croatians a historic appearance in the final. Despite Croatia's tendency to lift for the big games, it's hard to bet against the French winning once again.

France enter the match as the favourite, starting at -112. Croatia are outsiders at +291, while the draw is similarly priced, offering +261. Neither side have reported major injury concerns, despite all the reports that Croatia's defenders and goalkeeper were all in doubt prior to their semi-final clash. France do have the advantage of an additional day of rest, which may come in handy, and they are yet to play extra time.

It's bound to be a grind of a match. Croatia have only scored once in regulation time in all three knockout matches, while France have recorded two straight clean sheets. The under +2.5 goal market is certain to be the favourite here.

We're tipping France to lift the World Cup trophy for a second time, and based on the predicted style of play from both teams a 1-0 victory is probably going to be enough. If Croatia can score early it will really bring the game to life, although we're not sure they can manage it against the French defence.

France vs Croatia Betting Tips

  • 1

    Over/Under - Under +2.5 goals @ -215

  • 2

    1st Half Winner - Draw @ -108

  • 3

    First Team To Score - France @ -154

  • 4

    Matchbet and Totals - France and Under +2.5 @ +206

  • 5

    Half-time/Full-time - Draw - France @ +331

France vs Croatia Preview

France vs Croatia will kickoff at 11am ET on Sunday, July 15 and will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

France Likely Starting XI

  • Hugo Lloris
  • Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez
  • Paul Pogba, N’golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe
  • Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi
  • Olivier Giroud

We see no reason why Didier Deschamps will make any alterations to a team that have rarely looked troubled. Umtiti was the hero in the semi-final, and he will once again be crucial.

France's big names in the front third haven't really delivered, although Kylian Mbappe has been the standout performer and his pace will be too much for Croatia's back four to handle.

Croatia Likely Starting XI

  • Danijel Subasic
  • Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic
  • Mario Mandzukic

Croatia too should start unchanged. Marcelo Brozovic has been excellent in front of the defence, while Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have been on another level.

Mario Mandzukic was the difference against England and he now has an opportunity to silence the critics who compare him to Davor Suker. Expect him to be the one to score if Croatia manage a goal.

Other Betting Opportunities

Remember that the head to head market is relevant for the result at the end of 90 minutes, and in the event of the match going to extra time or penalties the 'draw' option would be the winner.

If you think there is the possibility of extra time, as we do, the 'will there be an overtime' market from Sports Interaction is paying +193.

If you would rather take the option of picking which team will progress, Betway offer a 'to win final' line, and are paying -225 for a France win regardless of whether penalties are required to separate the teams. Croatia are big outsiders in this market, paying +187.

Of course, there are plenty of other markets that could provide a decent outlay, and may be a safer bet than the head to head opportunities.

Four of France's six matches at the tournament so far have featured less than three goals, and their defensive emphasis always increases the chance of a low-scoring affair. At -215, the over/under +2.5 market is short, but almost certain to win.

France have scored first in all five of their wins and are the hot favourite to do so in this match. At -154, this is another safe bet that should get up.

Picking the correct score is tough, although there's plenty of reward for your risk. At +401, our 1-0 prediction is the favoured result but will still provide a good return.

FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage Odds

***Round of 16


Match 50: France vs Argentina Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 49: Uruguay vs Portugal Odds (2 p.m. ET)


Match 51: Spain vs Russia Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 52: Croatia vs Denmark Odds (2 p.m. ET)


Match 53: Brazil vs Mexico Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 54: Belgium vs Japan Odds (2 p.m. ET)


Match 55: Sweden vs Switzerland Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 56: Colombia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)



Match 57: France vs Uruguay Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 58: Brazil vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)


Match 60: Sweden vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)

Match 59: Russia vs Croatia Odds (2 p.m. ET)



Match 61: France vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)


Match 62: Croatia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)

***Third-place match


Match 63: Belgium vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)

***World Cup Final


Match 64: France vs Croatia Odds (11 a.m. ET)