After the first leg in the Nations League ended in a 1-1 draw, France has a chance to pick up three points when it faces Croatia on Matchday 4 at 7:45 p.m. Monday at the Stade de France.
France: Maignan; Koundé, Konaté, Kimpembe; Clauss, Guendouzi, Rabiot, Digne; Griezmann; Mbappé, Nkunku
Croatia:Livaković; Stanišić, Erlić, Šutalo, Sosa; Brozović, Kovačić; Pašalić, Modrić, Brekalo; Budimir
France (most recent match first): DDLWWW
France vs Croatia match preview
Didier Deschamps’ team did not start well in the Nations League with a home defeat and a draw away against Croatia.
The Bleus will hope that this form curve will change when they face league leaders Denmark, who have won their first two games and are top of the group with 6 points.
D.Deschamps wants to get all three points against Croatia, as they dropped two points away from home. This is important in order not to fall even further behind the leaders in the group.
Didier Deschamps also hopes for a strong reaction from his team, which is also preparing for the World Cup, which starts in Qatar in November.
Can Croatia hold their nerve and get a favourable result tonight?
Croatia started the Nations League with a defeat against Austria and a draw against world champions France.
The performance against Le Bleus was good, especially the character to stay in the game and equalize in the 83rd minute through a penalty by Andrej Kramaric.
Zlatko Dalić will try to keep the positives from that performance, even as he tries to minimize some of the challenges and mistakes they made in that game against the world champions.
The main focus will be on a compact form that will frustrate some of the illustrious French offensive players and give Croatia the chance to cause problems for Deschamps’ team in defense with quick advances or moves.
France will be desperate to win against Croatia. They will play an aggressive game based on possession and hope to put pressure on their opponent from the first minute at the Stade de France.
Croatia will be compact and solid, and will be surgical in their switching and counterattacks, using deep runners from midfield and playing passes behind the Les Bleus defense. France is the favorite to win this game and take all three points.
Our Pick: BTTS
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