France travels to Zagreb this week to face against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. The away side will be looking to extend their unbeaten streak in Group A3. The match schedules for Wednesday with kickoff at 9:45 pm.
Croatia will be welcoming home the world cup champions to their home patch following their 2-1 win over Sweden. The win elevates the status of the team to secure the top spot in the Group A3.
Didier Deschamps was content with his side after netting seven goals in their last encounter against Ukraine. However, the side failed to score a goal against Portugal last Sunday, ending in a 0-0 stalemate.
The European champions became the first side to prevent the Les Bleus from netting with 11 attempts. It gives the world cup champions a lot to improve on as they head into this Wednesday’s clash.
Croatia will be keen on avoiding relegation to the second tier. It is becoming more likely in case the side falls for a defeat in their next game. Zlatko Dalic has something to worry about, especially after failing on two occasions to register a win against France.
It will be a memorable moment for both World Cup finalists going head to head against each other. Croatia pushed the champions last month before falling short to two set pieces for the side in Paris.
Croatia vs. France Head to Head
Both sides have six games against each other, with France taking home four wins while Croatia without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Croatia 2-1 Sweden
Switzerland 1-2 Croatia
France 4-2 Croatia
Portugal 4-1 Croatia
Croatia 2-1 Georgia
France 0-0 Portugal
France 4-2 Croatia
Sweden 0-1 France
Albania 0-2 France
Croatia Team News
Dalic will be without the services of Brozovic, who recently picked up a one-match suspension. However, he might pair Modric with Kovacic in the middle of the park. Domagoj Vida, Tin Jedvaj, and Borna Barisic are pushing for a start in defense this Wednesday.
France Team News
After starting in two of the matches, Olivier Giroud might start on the bench this Wednesday. Young sensation Camavinga scored his first international goal for France becoming the youngest player since 1914. However, the renaissance of Kante might push the youngster on the bench.
Prediction and Odds
Croatia has no choice with a four-point deficit but to bring their best foot forward this Wednesday night.
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5