Fanteractive Game Breakdown for Croatia @ France by AndyB

FIFA

Croatia (V) vs. France (H)

Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow


Sunday Jul 15,2018 11:00 AM ET

Pre Game Analysis by AndyB

Pre Game Analysis Report

Personnel Comparison
Goalkeeping
Advantage : Even  
Both goalkeepers have had good tournaments so far. Croatia's GK has come up big in PKs too, but Lloris has been tested as well. 
Defense
Advantage : Croatia  
Croatia will be more physical and look to rattle France as they did against England. 
MidField
Advantage : Even  
Wow - Modric, Rakitic, Kante, Pogba - this might be the best midfield combination of the entire tournament! (although DeBryune and Hazard in the semi's was not a bad mix either! 
Forwards
Advantage : France  
Griezmann and Mbappe can be a scary combination. If you put them in space, they know how to finish! 
Bench/Substitutions
Advantage : France  
France is just a deeper roster here. 
Score Predictions
Croatia
 
France
0  
1st Half Score
0
1  
2nd Half Score
2
1  
Final Score
2
Players to Watch
With both teams really deep, this comes down to offense and I think France just has a little more firepower.
Key Match-Ups
Modric-Rakitic vs Pogba-Kante
X Factor
The midfield failed England. Here, you have a more formidable opponent in France. Croatia has struggled to score at times too with two PKs games in the knockout round. So, Griezmann and Mbappe become the difference makers...
Overall Game Analysis
This should be a great all around game! Both teams are exciting to watch and have star players. This game can easily be a high scoring affair, but I think they will be reserved early to not tip their hand while feeling out their opponents. Should be an exciting 2nd half!
Situational Comparison
When Visiting Team has Ball
Advantage : Neutral  
 
When Home Team has Ball
Advantage : France  
 
When visiting team is in the "attacking third"?
Neutral  
 
When home team is in the "attacking third"?
France  
 
Generating scoring opportunities?
France  
 
Counterattacking effectiveness?
France  
 
Withstanding pressure?
Croatia  
 
Set Pieces?
Neutral  
 
Statistical Predictions
Croatia
 
France
47  
Time of Possession
53
13  
Shots
15
6  
Shots on Goal
8
6  
Corner Kicks
7
36  
Fouls
23