Croatia vs France : Croatia vs France
Tip Croatia – France
It’s the rematch for the 2018 World Cup final when Croatia welcomes France to the Stadion Poljud. Both teams are playing in their second match of the United Nations League A having lost their opening round matches at home. Croatia were humbled 3-0 by Austria in what was their first loss in ten matches and will be under extreme pressure to win this match as two home losses will be catastrophic. They have been in great recent form and had an excellent World Cup qualifying campaign, winning their group albeit by finishing just a single point ahead of Russia. Croatia have played France twice before in this competition and have lost on both occasions with their overall record showing they are yet to taste victory against the French in eight attempts. They have only lost one of their last 13 matches within the regulation 90mins across all competitions.
France were shocked 2-1 at home in their opening match by Denmark with the loss even more remarkable considering that France held the lead right until the 68th minute before considering two late goals. France know that they cannot afford another defeat if they are to win their group. Prior to the defeat to Denmark they had won their previous eight matches across all competitions. France had a highly successful World Cup campaign where they went unbeaten in eight games to comfortably win their group. They have a superb away record and are unbeaten in their last 13 matches with 10 wins and three draws.
Key points Croatia – France
In four of Croatia’s last six matches there have been over 2.5 goals.
In four of their last six matches both teams have scored.
Croatia have only kept two clean sheets in their last ten home matches.
In six of France’s last seven matches there have been over 2.5 goals.
They have only kept one clean sheet in their last six away matches.
ConclusionCROATIA – FRANCE
Both teams will be desperately seeking a win to get their United Nations League campaign back on track. Croatia are in the more precarious situation knowing a second home loss will almost end their chances of topping the group. The last three matches between these sides have produced 15 goals at five goals per game. We are backing France to win or draw this match with over 2.5 goals scored.