France v Croatia – Sunday 15 July (4pm)

  1. France to win the match
  2. Kylian Mbappe to score anytime
  3. Over 2 goals in the match
  4. Over 9 corners in the match
Odds: 11/1* *Odds may vary
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This World Cup Final: France v Croatia Bet Builder goes all out on France to dominate and pick up the coveted Jules Rimet trophy.

It may be the World Cup final but we think this may be a one-sided affair. France have been excellent throughout the tournament. Their pace going forwards with Mbappe, Pogba and Matuidi is frightening at times. They have creative outlets in Griezmann and disciplined water carrying in Kante. Their defence is a well oiled machine, keeping four clean sheets in the tournament. They have been the best side in the competition and deserve their place in the final.

Obviously both sides are in great form otherwise they wouldn’t be in the final but Croatia have gone to extra time three games in a row now, and penalties twice. They have proven they can score but their defence looks suspect. And will the effect of three 120 minute games show on the aging side? Possibly. We are backing France to win this one and we think there might be a few goals in it.

Mbappe to score

The fastest man on earth has banged a few goals in already in this tournament. Three goals, two against Argentina, demonstrates his quality. At only 19, people could be mistaken for thinking he’s a newcomer to the attention but he’s been around for a while in the French league. In fact, signing for PSG for £128 million makes him one of the most expensive signings in football history. We fancy him to score at any point in this game. If France take the lead then Croatia have to attack and Mbappe will be looking to expose those gaps at the back with his pace.

Over 2 goals

This inclusion is more out of hope than anything else. We want to see goals in this final and if one side scores early, we think there will be over 2 goals in the game. Both sides have attacking quality and both have scored plenty of goals in the tournament. Five out of Croatia’s six games have seen them score two or more goals and France have scored two or more on three occasions.

Over 9 corners

France’s corner average is not great this tournament but Croatia’s is through the roof. In their six games they have seen five of the games have 9 or more corners. France have only seen 9 corners once in this tournament and that was in their last game against Belgium. However, with their ability going forwards, it seems likely that they’ll be picking up plenty of corners in this final.

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