France takes place, which promoted to the European cups. In 5 last games (league + cup) France get 0 points. To defend Croatia the most demanding players will be Antoine Griezmann 3 goals, Kylian Mbappe Lottin 3 goals, Benjamin Pavard 1 goals, because this season they scored the most goals for France of the entire composition. Most goals developed: Antoine Griezmann 2 assists.
Played 6 matches this season. Won 5 matches 1 ended in a draw. 0 were defeated. In 33.33% matches the total goals in the match was over 2.5 goals (Over 2.5). In 50.00% matches the sum of the goals was greater than 1.5 Goals (Over 1.5). In 4 matches France has not lost the goal. In 2 games, each team scored a goal in the match (both teams to score). Average goals: 1.67 per match
Croatia takes place, which promoted to the European cups. Croatia in 5 last matches (league + cup) have collected0 points. Croatia from 3 matches can not beat any rival. To defend France the most demanding players will be Ivan Perisic 2 goals, Luka Modric 2 goals, Mario Mandzukic 2 goals, because this season they scored the most goals for Croatia of the entire composition. Most goals developed: Ivan Perisic 1 assists, Luka Modric 1 assists, Mario Mandzukic 1 assists.
Played 6 matches this season. Won 3 matches 3 ended in a draw. 0 were defeated. In 33.33% matches the total goals in the match was over 2.5 goals (Over 2.5). In 100.00% matches the sum of the goals was greater than 1.5 Goals (Over 1.5). In 2 matches Croatia has not lost the goal. In 4 games, each team scored a goal in the match (both teams to score). Average goals: 1.67 per match
Direct matches: usually ended with winning of France. Balace of both teams games are: 1 won France, 0 wins Croatia, 2 draws. In 1 matches the sum of the goals both teams was greater than 2.5 (Over 2.5). On the other hand, 2 matches teams scored more than 1.5 goals (Over 1.5). In 1 matches the both teams have shot at least one goal.
France are making their third World Cup final appearance, after winning the trophy on home soil in 1998 and losing to Italy in the 2006 showpiece.
Croatia have never reached a tournament final of any kind. They were semi-finalists in their first World Cup appearance in 1998 after gaining independence following the breakup of Yugoslavia, but lost to eventual winners France 2-1.
Croatia needed extra time and penalties to beat Denmark in the round of 16 and Russia in the quarter-finals. They also needed extra time to edge England in the last four.
Croatia have played more than 360 minutes of football in those three matches, excluding time spent on the pitch for penalties in two of them. France needed just 270 minutes in their three knockout games to reach the final.
After topping their group, France beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final but never needed more than 90 minutes each time.
They scored seven goals in these three games, more than double their tally (three goals) in their three group matches.
France have also had an extra day of rest having beaten Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final on Tuesday. Croatia won 2-1 after extra time against England on Wednesday.
This is the second international tournament final for France in two years, after also reaching the final of Euro 2016 on home soil only to lose to Portugal.
Midfielder Luka Modric, forwards Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic are Croatia’s top scorers in the tournament with two goals. Croatia have averaged two goals per game, having netted 12 times in six matches so far.
The 32-year-old Modric, who will break Croatia’ record for most World Cup appearances (currently 11) if he plays in the final, has also worked harder than any other player in the tournament, having covered a distance of 63km in total according to FIFA statistics.
France’s top scorers are Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe with three goals apiece in Russia. France have scored a total of 10 goals but have conceded one less than Croatia’s five.
One Croatia player who will not be at the final, even on the bench, is striker Nikola Kalinic who was sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening game against Nigeria. Coach Zlatko Dalic said it had happened before both in a friendly against Brazil and in training sessions. Kalinic could not be replaced so Croatia continued in the tournament with a 22-man squad. Previous meetings:
France beat Croatia 2-1 in the 1998 World Cup semi-final with two goals from Lilian Thuram, his only international goals. Current Croatia Football Federation president Davor Suker had put them ahead.
In total the two sides have met five times, with France still unbeaten by the Croats. The French have won three matches while two ended in a draw, including their Euro 2004 encounter (2-2).