France VS Belgium, Kick-Off Time: 8:30 P.M. (IST) 

63 matches packed with drama, emotions and surprises have determined our finalists – France and Croatia. They will face each other tonight at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

Didier Deschamps could be immortalized by becoming only the third person to win the World Cup both as a player and a coach following Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer. Deschamps captained Les Blues to their only World Cup victory till now in 1998. He further had the displeasure of witnessing his side lose on home turf in the final of the European Championships in 2016 against Portugal. 

Zlatko Dalic believes that his players should be proud of their accomplishments in the World Cup. This will be Croatia’s first appearance in a World Cup final and they could history by winning the World Cup for the first time and becoming the 8th unique nation to win the tournament. 

France have beaten Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final while Croatia have knocked out Denmark, Russia and England, with all three games going to extra-time. Can the Golden Generation of Croatia lift their first ever World Cup? Or will the gifted French side prove to be too powerful for the Croats?

Team News

France: No fresh injury concerns or suspensions means that Les Blues will have their strongest eleven and will likely line-up the same team which beat Belgium in the semi-finals.

Croatia: Likewise, Croatia do not have any outstanding suspensions or injury concerns despite having played three 120-minute matches. This means even they will have their strongest eleven and will most likely go with the same team that knocked England out in the semi-finals.

Predicted Line-ups

France: Hugo Lloris | Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez | N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba | Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud.

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

Key Players

France: Kylian Mbappe has been nothing short of extraordinary this World Cup. The 19-year old PSG star has already scored 3 goals in his 5 starts for them. The only player in the French squad who was not born when France won the World Cup in 1998, the young forward carries the hopes of his country.

Croatia: Luka Modric stepped up for his country in this World Cup. The Real Madrid playmaker has registered 2 goals and an assist in his 6 appearances in the tournament. Modric has already received 3 MOTM awards, the most received by any player in this World Cup. The Croatian skipper will be key to Croatia’s fate in the finals.

Form – Last 5

FranceW | WW | D | W

Croatia: W | DD | W | W

Betting Odds – Sky Bet

France 10/11

Draw 11/5

Croatia 4/1

Score Prediction

France 2 – 1 Croatia: Both of the World Cup finalists have been in fine form. Croatia have faced many difficulties on the road, winning two of their 3 knockout games through penalties. France, on the other hand, have won all of their 3 knockout games in the 90 minutes. Be that as it may, the match will be a close one, France will probably edge over Croatia to lift the World Cup.

Where to watch?

TV Channels (India) – Sony TEN 2, 3 & Sony ESPN – 8:30 P.M IST

In addition, you can live stream all the Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from 14th June to 15th July only on the Official SonyLIV App and the SonyLIV Website.

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