“And then there were two.”
Croatia and France will play in the World Cup final tomorrow (Sunday, July 15th @ 8AM Pacific Time on FOX). Croatia hopes to bring home its first World Cup in its 28 years as an independent nation, while France aims for its second title and first in 20 years. France has beaten Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final while Croatia have knocked out Denmark, Russia and England, with all three games going to extra-time.
France brings one of the World Cup’s most expensive squads into the final. Transfermarkt.com estimates the French team is worth $1.29 billion in transfer fees, led by 19-year old Kylian Mbappe, worth an estimated $140.2 million for French squad Paris St. Germain. Croatia’s team is worth just over a third of the French, totaling $425.3 million. Their most valuable player is midfielder Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona, worth an estimated $58.42 million.
Croatia’s offense goes through its engine in the midfield, Luka Modric. The 5-8 player for Spain’s Real Madrid has scored twice and added an assist for Croatia over the tournament. Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan in Italy could also pose problems for France. The left winger has scored two goals in the World Cup, including Croatia’s equalizer against England and he assisted on Mandzukic’s winning goal.
Mbappe wasn’t alive for France’s lone title in 1998, but he might carry Les Bleus to their second one this year. The Paris St. Germain forward has scored three times for France and offers explosive play-making capabilities over the top. He’s joined up front by Antoine Griezmann, who is also responsible for three goals. Griezmann of Atletico Madrid led all scorers in the 2016 European Championship with 6 goals. Tending to the back line for France is the long-limbed Thibaut Courtois. Courtois has made 22 saves while putting up two clean sheets, including France’s 1-0 semifinal victory.” – Kirk Meyer, Daily News
We are sticking with France for this one as we selected them before the tournament at +700. If you took Croatia before the start of the tournament you could have gotten them at 33/1.
We’ll take France -1/2 -115 (Goal Line)