France and Croatia meet in the World Cup final after a month of play.
France have faced little resistance on their path to final. They grabbed seven points in the group stage before out shooting Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium on their road to the championship game.
France has shut out its last two opponents, and has been lead offensively by Antoine Griezmann who has scored three goals and is tied for the tournament lead in assists.
On the other side of the pitch, Croatia come into the tournament riding a large wave of momentum. They dominated the group stage with seven goals, and despite a minuscule chance of winning the World Cup, now remain one win away.
Croatia may only have 4.1 million people, which is half the size of New York, but it has its share of big names. Midfielder Luka Modric leads every player in the World Cup with 39.1 miles ran. When not starting in the World Cup for Croatia, Modric spends his time at Real Madrid.
France are the favored over Croatia in the final.
THE CROATS WITH THE UPSET!!! CARS ARE FLIPPED IN ZAGREB, THE EIFFEL TOWER IS TIPPED OVER. SIBENIK YELPS FOR JOY AS CANNES WEEPS.
I picked France to win before the World Cup started, and I’m sticking to my guns. France is stacked with talent from top, to bottom. They have stars such as Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann. This is France's game to lose, but Croatia will come ready.
Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitić and Mario Mandžukić have all played brilliantly this World Cup. Similar to France, Croatia has guys who can make plays, especially into the box. But they are also tough, and can grind out a win.
The problem they face is they have run a lot, and as the new saying goes, speed kills. And France has a ton of speed, especially on the edge. This will be a tough game full of amazing plays by both sides. In the end France has to much, and Croatia will run out of gas.
The Pick: France 2-1 in Extra time
Croatia is no stranger to high pressure moments in the 2018 World Cup. In the knockout round they have gone to extra time three times, twice winning the game in penalties. If you think France can simply roll over Croatia you may be in for a surprise.
As much as I want a Croatian victory their thrilling victories have taken their toll. Luka Modric and many fans—myself included—may see his his 39.1 miles ran this tournament as a badge of honor. But it highlights Croatia's problem, they have played an extra 90 minutes in the past three games. This Croatian team also has one less day of rest to prepare for the championship.
France is rested and ready.
The Pick: France 2 - Croatia 2 (3-2)