Tip France – Croatia
Things don’t look so great for France in the Nations League; the holders are bottom of Group 1 in League A, winless in the opening three games. They will be up against Croatia at home in their next game. Going into the match, France have two points and third placed Croatia four points. The French had another frustrating night away to Austria, only a late Kylian Mbappe goal earning them a 1-1 draw on Match Day 3. For the fourth time in five matches, France failed to keep a clean sheet, and though they dominated possession against Austria, they still looked off-color. Going into this game there’s little doubt that France will score; the only doubt is in their abilities in defence. The world champions have scored in each of their last 23 matches. Save for the loss to Denmark, France have done well at home, with four wins in five ahead of this clash.
Croatia rose off the bottom of the group at the expense of France with a shock away win in Denmark. That result kept this group wide open, as Denmark had registered straight wins in their opening two games. Croatia’s win was their first in the group and also handed them their first clean sheet in five matches. Croatia have a healthy scoring run as well; they’ve failed to score in just one of their last 11 matches. In half of their last 10 matches, they’ve scored two or more goals. Their win away to Denmark was an extension of an already good away run that has the nation on four straight wins. They are unbeaten in five away matches. Croatia and France have had epic encounters, the highlight being the 2018 World Cup final which France won 5-2. They’ve never beaten France in their nine meetings so far, but both sides have scored in the last four meetings.
Key points France – Croatia
Both sides have scored in four of France’s last five matches.
Croatia have failed to score in one of their last 11 matches.
France have scored in each of their last 23 matches.
Both sides have scored in three of Croatia’s last five games.
Croatia are unbeaten in their last five away matches.
ConclusionFRANCE – CROATIA
France are doing badly in the Nations League and know just how bad it can get if they drop points here again. They face a side that is on the rise, though they’ve never lost to Croatia. The hosts have a good attack but have been short in defence and that is the area to address here. Croatia will want to take advantage of this after their win in Denmark. The visitors have a good away run and we will back both teams to score here.