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The reigning Nations League champions France will play host to Croatia next week, as it searches for its first win in the ongoing edition the same.
The spectacular 2-1 win against Spain in the 2020-21 edition seems like a distant memory now, as France has endured its worst possible start this time around. After facing a 2-1 loss in its opening game of the competition at the hands of Denmark, France has been held to consecutive draws and is yet to register a win.
For its most recent match, the French team traveled to Vienna, where Andreas Weimann handed the home team an advantage in the 37th minute of the game. France was unable to get the ball past Patrick Pentz despite holding the possession for close to 70% of the time. It was Kylian Mbappe who once again came to the rescue of Les Bleus, and finally got one through in the 83rd minute, and saved the visitors the humiliation of another defeat.
France now finds itself at the bottom of Group 1 tables with just 2 points against its name, and trails 3rd placed Croatia by 2 points.
Much like France, Croatia began its Nations League journey with a loss at the hands of Austria. However, it came back strongly in its second match of the competition, drawing the reverse fixture against France by 1-1. To play its most recent game, Croatia traveled to Copenhagen, where it produced one of the most closely fought encounters of the competition.
The visitors, resurgent with the return of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, played some great football. Ultimately, it was Mario Pasalic, who scored the only goal of the match, and helped Croatia register its first victory. Coach Zlatko Dalic will be hopeful of a repeat performance on Monday, as Croatia looks to open up the gap between itself and France even further.
Match prediction and football betting tips for France vs Croatia Nations League 2022. The match is going to be played at Stade de France, Saint-Denis, on 13th June 2022.
Didier Deschamps will be delighted with the return of Kylian Mbappe to the playing eleven, as he looks set to take the field once again on Monday, albeit for less than 90 minutes. N’Golo Kante is likely to remain out of action, while Wissam Ben Yedder is likely to make a return. Ibrahima Konate could be benched in this match, whereas Christopher Nkunku, Presnel Kimpembe, and Matteo Guendouzi could start the game.
As for the visitors, Domagoj Vida, Duje Caleta-Car, and Josip Juranovic are expected to feature in the starting eleven, while Ivan Perisic and Josko Gvardiol continue to remain absent. Borna Sosa and Borna Barisic are doubtful for this match after missing the game on Friday.
France, who is the reigning champions for both, the Nations League as well as the FIFA World Cup, is racing against time to pick up form before it heads to Qatar, and this might be the game where we see them turn a new page.
Bet on a France victory.
Each of the last 4 head to head matches between the two teams has seen both the teams score. Croatia has scored in 10 of its last 11 matches, while France has done so in its past 23 games, leading us to believe that a BTTS bet can win here.
3 of the last 4 matches between the two teams have seen at least 3 goals scored in them. 6 of the last 10 matches for Croatia and 3 of the last 6 matches for France too have produced more than 2.5 goals in them. We are therefore predicting a high-scoring encounter.