The excitement for the FIFA World Cup 2018 can definitely not be contained within the masses. Two of the World Cup’s most formidable attacking teams ended up with just one goal when France and Belgium played against each other in Tuesday’s semi-final in St Petersburg. It was Samuel Umtiti, who became the hero above everyone else to steer a header past Thibaut Courtois, and gave France the chance to win back to the World Cup final 2018. The question- “Who will join France for the final on Sunday?” was the only thing on everyone’s mind since the last semi-finale. On the other hand, there were speculations about the other two teams in the second round of semi-finale- Croatia and England. Croatia had never made it to the championship match. While the wait for England to climb up the ladder for a second final dates back to 1966, when they won the World Cup for the only time. It had been two decades since Croatia last played in the World Cup semi-finals, and 28 years since England made the final-four. Well, all speculations came to rest when Croatia won the semi-finale against England.
The final stage is set for the two teams to prove to the world. The 2018 World Cup finals will be held at 8:30 p.m. This year is indeed the year of the underdogs as quoted by many. If you are looking forward to place your bets on one of the two teams, then according to the current scenario, it is France: -210 and Croatia: +175.
Before you decide, which side to pick, here is something you should read, as presented by the European football expert David Sumpter. For the ones who don’t know him well, he is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics”, a book that depicts how maths is linked to sports. He also developed the famous Soccerbot model. According to the Soccerbot, which has the capability to read current odds, team’s performance data, calculated key metrics and predicts the upcoming matches.
The model is taking over the World Cup knockout stage. It is strongly recommended Croatia as an underdog at +135 against England in the semi-finals. We all know the result: Croatia embossed its ticket to the Russia 2018 final with a thrilling 2-1 victory. The same model also predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280), Croatia-Denmark (+225) and England-Colombia (+215) and was all over France beating Uruguay in regulation to reach the semi-finals, not to mention Brazil and Belgium cruising in their Round of 16 matchups, just to name a few of its big calls, accurately. Anyone who has followed it is way, way in profit.
Presently, the Soccerbot has worked on the numbers and analysed every angle of Croatia vs. France. We can tell you the model is bending Under 2 goals, but its much stronger play is on the money line. And you can only see that 2018 World Cup pick over at SportsLine.
The model is smart enough to know that Croatia will be playing its first ever World Cup final. Croatia gained victory over England 2-1 thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s winning goal in extra time. That hasn’t been the only luck play for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russia on penalty kicks. To everyone’s surprise, Croatia opened at 60-1 World Cup odds to win the complete tournament; making a space in the semi- finals, it was still the underdog at 4-1. On the contrary, France will be playing its third World Cup final since 1998, and the 2018 World Cup final will be the sixth meeting between France and Croatia. Les Bleus have won three of the previously played five matches, while the other two have ended in a draw
FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – FRANCE vs CROATIA Bottom Line:
The Finale will undoubtedly be great and breath-taking and all we want to know is who the king of the underdogs is this year! Date: Sunday, July 15, Time: 8:30pm (IST). Place your bets wisely and follow this space for more.