World Cup and Nations League champions France will try to return to winning ways on Monday on the road against Croatia. You can live-bet on the Nations League action by using our sportsbook.
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Croatia: Stunned by Austria
A disappointing Croatia have lost their opening UEFA Nations League match against Austria 3-0 in Osijek on Friday. A Marko Arnautovic opener, and goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer within three minutes in the second half, stunned the large crowd at Gradski Stadium.
Missing a number of players through injury or being rested, including captain Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, and Josko Gvardiol, Mateo Kovacic was given the captain’s armband. Despite the humid conditions in Osijek, Croatia played with lots of energy in the first half and created the best chances early on. Croatia will have to find a way to bounce back quickly as they have three more matches in the Nations League in quick succession.
The Vatreni have now conceded two or more goals in eight of their last nine Nations League matches. Croatia failed to score for the first time in nine Nations League outings. Luka Modric should start on Monday against France but that shouldn’t be enough for the hosts to pull off the upset. They are missing their top midfielders and that will affect their game against the reigning World Cup champions.
This is their second consecutive match played on home soil, a great chance to keep the fans onside and make a big step in retaining their League A spot. Coach Zlatko Dalic left the camp after a family bereavement on Tuesday but he will probably be back till Monday and be with his team. Croatia have a powerful squad but they can’t compare themselves with France so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
France: Shocked by Denmark
Deschamps’s side comfortably booked their spot in the World Cup in Qatar, winning Group D with 18 points, and they have actually won each of their last seven matches across all competitions before losing their Nations League opener against Denmark.
After a slow start, Les Bleus scored the first goal of the match with the best striker in the world, Karim Benzema contributing to the scoresheet. After the goal, France piled forward and continued to dominate possession. However, they failed to score the second goal and kill the match with Denmark coming from behind to pull off the upset. France travel to Croatia for their next game on Monday, while the Danes face another away game against group leaders Austria.
While successfully defending their crown is still well and good, the summer’s games also allow Didier Deschamps to test out tactics for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Les Bleus have a talented squad and go into the match as clear favorites. RB Leipzig’s sensation Christopher Nkunku, who came from the bench to assist Benzema’s goals but also missed a great opportunity before Denmark’s equalizer, is expected to start against Croatia. He is the player to watch and if you’re betting online you should back him to find the back of the net. Promising youngster Boubacar Kamara has also been included in the squad, and it remains to be seen if Deschamps will hand him a first senior appearance for France.
Croatia vs France Head-to-Head
The Blues are the reigning World champions, lifting the trophy in 2018 by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. France managed to beat Croatia in their following two mutual encounters from the Nations League, scoring at least twice on each occasion. The last three head-to-heads between the teams produced at least three goals on the scoresheet with both sides finding the back of the net and with France covering in each match. France managed to score in each of their last 21 games across all competitions.
Croatia vs France Game Information
- Game: Croatia (0-0-1) vs. France (0-0-1)
- Location: Stadion Poljud (Split)
- Day/Time: Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Live Stream:FuboTV
Croatia vs France Betting Lines
Croatia +½ -125 +275 2½ +115o ½ -210o ½ +165u
France -½ -105 +105 2½ -145u 1½ +130o1½ -160u
Croatia vs France Predictions
France enter this clash as favorites being priced at +105 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
France could consider the Nations League as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, allowing them to test out new tactics and outline their best team, an unenviable task given the talent on offer. We expect a squad rotation against Croatia but France’s bench players are at the same level as the first team. France are likely to go into the game with a 3-4-1-2 formation that will be set up to gain dominance in the middle of the park.
France never lost two games in a row, tasting defeat just once in their previous 34 games across all competitions so expect them to bounce back in style on the road against a shaky Croatian side.