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Russia 2018: Pundits” prediction ahead France, Croatia cracker

As France and Croatia take on each other this evening in the FIFA World Cup final, analysts have been making their predictions on the team that is likely to take the day.

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Here are some of the predictions:

Paul Merson:

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I was shocked with Croatia against England. They were full of running and we were out on our feet.

Will this be a game too far? France have got better as the tournament has gone on.

They fell over the line against Australia but they have got better without being flamboyant or really outstanding.

It’s not the 1998 team. This is an efficient team that gets the job done and they have a good balance.
If Croatia won I would not be shocked, but I think France might have a bit too much.

PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1

Charlie Nicholas:

We were all waiting for Croatia to fall apart but England couldn’t take advantage of their fatigue, whereas France have power and pace to really damage their tired backline.

I think France will leave out Olivier Giroud and I actually think they can play even better than they have been.

Has anybody ever seen Paul Pogba defend the way he did in the semi-final? What has Didier Deschamps done to him that Jose Mourinho couldn’t?

The sheer grit of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and even Dejan Lovren – who somehow thinks he’s now a world class defender – managed to dig in against England. But, if Croatia concede early, it could be an exhibition of football from France.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 4-0

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