Sports Mole presents Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League game between Croatia and France, including team news and scheduled line-ups.
France travel to Zagreb to cope Croatia in the UEFA Nations League looking to extend their unbeaten streak in Group A3.
Croatia welcome the world champions at home following a 2-1 victory over Sweden, a result that keeps them in contention for the top spot.
After scoring seven times against Ukraine earlier in the week, the France boss Didier Deschamps Reportedly confident his side would continue their scorching streak against Portugal on Sunday night.
However, the European champions have become the first team to stop the Blues from scoring in 11 attempts, and that leaves France with their work cut out for them to clinch the top spot.
As well as staying level on points with Portugal, France are aware that Croatia managed to close the gap to four points, leaving the 2018 World Cup winners needing a solid performance in Zagreb.
To a certain extent, Deschamps will not be afraid that his players will demonstrate a competitive advantage away from home, aware that this has not always been their strong point in recent years.
Nonetheless, Deschamps will be eager to qualify for the last four of this tournament, ambitions that could be based on their result on Wednesday.
As for Croatia, they will want to avoid relegation to second place first, which would become increasingly likely if they avoided defeat in their next game.
Zlatko Dalic However, they will want to aim higher, especially after losing each of their last two meetings to France by a score of 4-2.
The first of them came in the World Cup final, but Croatia pushed their rivals harder in Paris last month before finally succumbing to two set pieces.
Hard-fought friendly wins against Switzerland and Sweden in this competition have put Dalic’s men back on track, but it will be recognized that they need to start beating the best nations on a regular basis to stay in the top echelons of the international. rankings.
Croatian Nations League form: LLW
Croatia form (all competitions): WWLLWW
Form of the League of Nations of France: WWD
France form (all competitions): WWWWWD
Having started the last two matches, Olivier Giroud could withdraw to the French side.
Deschamps only made two changes against Portugal, so the likes of Lucas Digne, Moussa Sissoko and Anthony Martial can add freshness to the team.
Croatia will be without a midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who is serving a one-game suspension.
Mario Pasalic is likely to replace the Inter Milan player, while Tin Jedvaj, Borna Barisic and Domagoj Vida push for defensive starts.
Possible starting line-up for Croatia:
Livakovic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Kovacic, Modric; Vlasic, Pasalic, Perisic; Petkovic
Possible starting composition for France:
Lloris; Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Digne; Sissoko, Kante, Pogba; Griezmann; Martial, Mbappé
We say: Croatia 1-3 France
Facing a four-point deficit, Croatia have little choice but to take the lead in this game. However, this will only work in favor of their opponents, whose break we expect to take advantage of on more than one occasion in this game.
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