France face Croatia at the Stade de France on Monday evening, 13 June, in the fourth leg of the UEFA Nations League. Will the Tricolours pick up their first win of the tournament? Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet V.95.
The defending champions suffered an embarrassing display at last summer’s Euros, falling to lowly Switzerland in the last eight. The Tricolours were 3-1 up by 80 minutes, but managed to concede twice and lose on penalties. On the other hand, qualification for the Mundial in Qatar was a success for the French: 18 points in 8 games, scoring 18 goals, conceding just 3. Didier Deschamps’ side have drawn only three times, without conceding a single goal.
The hosts won the UEFA Nations League last season and are currently one of the best teams in the world. But in the current competition, Les Bleus were first unexpectedly defeated in Paris against Denmark (1-2), then played out a 1-1 draw against the Croatians and the Austrians (also 1-1) (1,Russ.).
We all remembered the Croats as the sensation of the 2018 Mundial in Russia, when the Checkers reached the final and won silver medals. Along the way, the Balkans also defeated our national team in the quarter-finals. After that, the visitors reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, where they lost only in extra time to the Spaniards (5-3). Zlatko Dalic’s side finished first in their group, only one point ahead of Russia, in qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Croatia finished third in their last year’s Nations League quartet and were particularly unimpressive in their friendlies in March. In the first leg of this year’s Nations League, the Southerners crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home to Austria. The Pitmen pulled themselves together in a 1-1 draw against France, before defeating Denmark in the away fixture on Mario Pashalic’s only goal (2.3).
The teams faced each other last week, and then ended with a 1-1 draw.
Forecast for France v Croatia
The Three-Colors have an excellent squad at their disposal and should rehabilitate themselves at home after three unsightly results in the opening rounds. The likes of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Killian Mbappe can single-handedly decide the outcome of any match. The Balkans have not looked their best of late, undergoing a generational change. With the full backing of the Stade de France, the home side will finally get a win.