Looking to make it back-to-back Nations League victories on Tuesday night, France will welcome a struggling Croatia to what will be empty Stade de France in midweek.
While they might not have been at their best on Saturday night, the defending world champions secured a 1-0 win out in Sweden and have now won six of their last seven contests on route to booking their spot at next year’s European Championships.
On the flip side, while Les Bleus might have managed to open their Nations League campaign with three points, Croatia were on the wrong end of a 4-1 drumming at the hands of Portugal on foreign soil.
Unable to really find top gear since their appearance in the World Cup Final two years ago, the Blazers could also still be haunted by their showdown against Tuesday’s hosts out in Russia.
Hit with a 4-2 defeat against France and watching them lift their second world title, a similar home victory in midweek can be found priced at 7/10 with Coral.
Mbappe does it again
Although France might have failed to reach top gear out in Stockholm on Saturday night, Les Bleus managed to pick up a 1-0 win against a rugged Sweden and will be hugely confident of making it back-to-back Nations League victories in Paris.
With a squad that is glittering with superstars, Head Coach Didier Deschamps would have been glad to see attacking talisman KylianMbappe drag the defending world champions over the finish line on foreign soil.
While the PSG superstar might not have been able to guide the French giants to their first Champions League crown out in Portugal last month, the 21-year-old bagged the winner against Sweden over the weekend and has cemented his spot as Deschamps’ MVP.
Bagging his 14th international goal in Stockholm on Saturday night and once again set to lead the line in the capital against Croatia, you might be interested to know that Mbappe is priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally in midweek.
Elsewhere, missing a last-gasp penalty and enduring what has been an extended sluggish patch, Antoine Griezmann could be replaced by Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.
Croatia’s away day issues
While Croatia might have managed to secure their spot at next year’s delayed European Championships prior to football’s enforced break, the Blazers have continued to show their inconsistencies over the past two years.
Putting in what was a woeful display on Saturday night and lucky to have just shipped four against Portugal on their travels, ZlatkoDalić’s men couldn’t have asked for a worse start to their Nations League campaign.
Along with signing off their qualifying campaign with a pair of sluggish 1-1 draws against Azerbaijan and Wales, it is no surprise that Croatia’s issues on foreign soil have played a huge part in their recent problems.
Including what was an extremely worrying 2-1 defeat in Hungary last year, Tuesday’s guests have managed to win just one of their last eight contests outside of Zagreb.
You might be interested to know that Dalić’s side can be found priced at 5/6 with William Hill to once again ship over 1.5 goals out in Paris in midweek.