World Cup Final 2018: France or Croatia? Who is going to Lift the Dream Trophy?

It’s just a matter of few moments waits. “The Greatest Show on Earth” is going to end tonight.  And the Football World is going to get its new world champion. After so many speculations, World Cup 2018 is going to decide its champion in a France vs Croatia’s All-Europe Final tonight.

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The World Cup is not only just ending in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow tonight, but it also makes an end to thousands of dreams and creating many new possibilities. But whatever happens, history will only write down the name of the champion on its page.

Who is going to lift the trophy tonight? Undoubtedly, this is the biggest question in the world now. Let’s have a last look on these two teams.

Betting Odds

First of all, we will discuss the betting odds of the final. Whose side will the gold wrapped trophy go? The whole world is investing millions of dollars into this question. Now we are going to ease the calculation of that investment for you guys.

Betting odds on France’s win is $110. That means you have to take a risk of $110 to win $100 for France’s win. On the other hand, Croatia’s winning rate is quite thick. Their rate for their win is $360. This means if Croatia becomes the champion, you will get $360 for your risk of $100. Now it’s all up to you, whether you will go for the betting or not.

The last review

France

If there is one of the most organized teams in this World Cup, it is certainly France. What is this French side lacking? The unique combination of youth and experience, all effective players, accurate guidance; everything exists in this France team. Actually, there is no need for any extra word to describe the French team. Because they have taken themselves to that height.

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However, from the beginning of the World Cup, there was a difference between the on-paper strong French team and the on-field French team. But the difference was washed away by demolishing Argentina at the beginning of the knock-out stage. From that match, the football world has been able to see how the best combination of players like Mbappe-Griezmann-Pogba-Kante could be.

One of the aspects of France’s strength is their superhuman speed and the rapid counter-attacks. So far, they have made all the differences with their opponents by using these two weapons.

The biggest inspiration for the French can be their coach Didier Deschamps. He was the captain of this side for their first World Cup title 20 years ago. Coach Deschamps is doing his very best to adapt the pressure of the World Cup final to his disciples.

There is no doubt that the French coach will make an ultra-strong tactic with all the experiences he has. And he may not want to bring too much change in his plan. His possible starting XI will look like this

Formation: 4-3-3

Possible XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Matuidi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud.

Croatia

The biggest surprise of the 2018 World Cup is definitely Croatia. Though they are playing in the World Cup finals since 1998, it was hard to find anyone who would say at the beginning of this World Cup that the Croats will play the final. But they made those impossible to possible with their own steel solid toughness and extraordinary football skills.

Croats are playing very well planned football since the beginning of the World Cup. And their biggest strength is their midfield. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have turned Croats mid-field into a piano. In fact, the tune of that piano literally sparks the opponent’s heart.

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Not only have the mid-field, the infatuated defenders like the Lovren-Vida also made the defence of the Croatian wall flawless. And in the attacking mid, players like Mandzukic-Rebic have kept the opponent’s defence really busy throughout the tournament.

Croatia has reached the final after playing three consecutive 120-minute matches. This is a new record as well. But, now the question is how they will handle the 360-minutes tiredness and the ultimate pressure of the final altogether. However, this issue does not seem to be very difficult for Croatia’s enormous mental strength.

On the other hand, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic was the low-profile coach of this World Cup. There are no such things to say about his playing career. Even he couldn’t make it to the national team for once in his career. And there was nothing much in the coaching career except for the UAE League title. But that Dalic is at the centre of the discussion today! That’s the beauty of football.

It’s not very difficult to guess that the coach Dalic will come with a defensive tactic to keep the French speed in control. His possible starting eleven will look like this.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Possible XI: Subasic; Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Modric, Rakitic;  Rebic, Kovacic, Perisic; Mandzukic.

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