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WC Final – France vs Croatia preview and possible lineups

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France and Croatia will collide in the final of the World Cup on Sunday and it will be fair to say that the Les Bleus are favorites to win the title for the second time.

The French side entered the tournament as one of the hot favorites to lift the trophy under Deschamps and they have been brilliant.

On the other hand, Croatia have surpassed all expectations. They sacked manager Cacic and appointed Dalic during their WC qualification campaign and finished second.

At the 2018 World Cup, they deservedly won all their group games and fought hard to beat the likes of Denmark, Russia and England.

Croatia have got a few world class players in the squad and every member of the team has stepped up in their pursuit of glory. It must be remembered that the Les Bleus were clear favorites to win Euro 2016 in their own backyard but lost to Portugal in the final.

As far as their head to head record is concerned, the two teams have collided on five occasions and France have never lost to Croatia.

In their first meeting in the 1998 WC semi final, Croatia took the lead thanks to Suker but Thuram quickly scored two goals and France eventually won the contest 2-1 and went on to win their first World Cup by beating Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Overall, the French team won their first three contests against Croatia and their last two meetings ended in draws. Can Croatia finally beat France? Only time will tell.

Predicted France lineup: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud

Predicted Croatia lineup: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic

Prediction: France 2-1 Croatia

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