Defending champion France heads back home looking for its first victory in the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League, and it faces a tough match with Croatia on Monday. The teams met last Monday, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw, and this is another rematch of the 2018 World Cup final won by Les Bleus 4-2. The French sit at the bottom of League A Group 1, two points behind third-place Croatia and four back of leader Denmark.
Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET at Stade de France in Saint-Denis. France is the -190 favorite (risk $190 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest France vs. Croatia odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Croatia is a +550 underdog. A regulation draw is priced at +300 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in any Croatia vs. France picks, you have to see the UEFA Nations League predictions from proven soccer insider Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down the France vs. Croatia matchup from every angle and just revealed his coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Croatia vs. France:
- Croatia vs. France spread: France -0.5
- Croatia vs. France over-under: 2.5 goals
- Croatia vs. France money line: France -190, Croatia +550, Draw +300
- FRA: France has scored 53 times over its 23-match goal-scoring streak
- CRO: Croatia has allowed more than one goal three times in its past 23 games
Why you should back France
Le Bleus haven’t been having a lot of success, but that’s not for a lack of goals. They have scored at least once in 23 straight matches in all competitions and have elite goal scoring threats. Kylian Mbappe salvaged the one point against Austria with an 83rd-minute goal, and he led Ligue 1 with 28 goals for Paris Saint-Germain this season. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema had 27 to lead Spain’s La Liga, and 25-year-old Kingsley Coman of Bayern Munich also can be a dangerous attacking option.
France also boasts Antonie Griezmann, the top international scorer on this squad with 42 goals in 107 games. Mbappe has 27 in just 56 games, while Benzema has scored 37 in 96 matches. The French back line will be missing injured star Raphael Varane, but it has promising youngsters in 21-year-old William Saliba and Ibrahima Konate and Jules Kounde, both 23. Hugo Lloris has 50 clean sheets in 118 matches with the French national team but could give way to 26-year-old Mike Maignan, who had 17 clean sheets in 32 games for AC Milan this season.
Why you should back Croatia
The Checkered Ones have lost just one tournament match since their 5-3 extra-time loss to Spain at Euro 2020, and that was the setback to Austria. That’s a span of 12 games, and they are 7-4-1 with 22 goals scored and nine conceded. Croatia held the ball for 61 percent of the match with the Austrians but was vulnerable on the counter-attack, so it will need to be diligent against France. The last meeting was a very balanced affair, with France holding 52 percent possession, Croatia having an 8-7 edge in shots and both teams putting five attempts on target.
The Croats are superior to France in midfield, where longtime star Luka Modric leads alongside Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic and Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic. Nikola Vlasic and Mario Pasalic also are solid options, and Pasalic scored the lone goal in the win against Denmark. Andrej Kramaric scored the penalty that evened the last meeting and has 19 goals in 70 games.
How to make Croatia vs. France picks
Green has scrutinized the France vs. Croatia match from every angle, and he is leaning under on the goal total. He also provides another confident best bet and has a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing his UEFA Nations League picks at SportsLine.
So, who wins France vs. Croatia? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Croatia vs. France match, all from the European soccer expert who has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.