June 4, 2022 Sports Betting
Croatia and France will both be looking to rebound from dismal beginnings in League A Group 1 of the UEFA Nations League during Monday’s match at Stadion Poljud, in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup final.
On Friday night, Zlatko Dalic’s side were thrashed 3-0 by Austria, while the Didier Deschamps-less Bleus were rocked 2-1 by Denmark at home.
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Entering Friday’s Nations League opener with Austria seeking to make it 10 games unbeaten in all competitions, Croatia were humbled by Ralf Rangnick’s team in Osijek.
Croatia were humbled by Ralf Rangnick’s team in Osijek on Friday, as the visitors slammed three goals past the Chequered Ones without reply, making it ten games unbeaten in all competitions.
Marko Arnautovic, Michael Gregoritsch, and Marcel Sabitzer all scored for Austria to put an end to Croatia’s unbeaten run, which marked the hosts’ first home defeat in any competition since November 2020 – hardly encouraging ahead of another World Cup bid.
With a lot of football still to be played in the Nations League, Croatia’s 3-0 loss has left them at the bottom of the rankings, but thoughts of an implausible relegation to League B should not be on Dalic’s mind just yet. Denmark, on the other hand, is not an easy country to get through.
Before being taught a footballing lesson by Austria, the Chequered Ones had scored in all of their previous Nations League games. It was also Dalic’s side’s fourth match in a row in the competition in which they had shipped at least two goals.
Of course, the quality of Croatia’s opponents during their time in League A must be considered, but Dalic’s men have already lost three games in a row at home in the Nations League, and France also has a point to prove in Monday’s crucial match.
In the absence of Didier Deschamps, who left the camp following the death of his father, France appeared to be on track for a narrow victory over Denmark after Karim Benzema’s exquisite opening cemented his claim for the Ballon d’Or.
After Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane were forced to leave the field due to injury, Andreas Cornelius came off the bench to score a second-half brace for Denmark, ending France’s seven-game winning streak in all tournaments.
The reigning global and Nations League champions are unconcerned with their first loss since their Euro 2020 departure to Switzerland, as they prepare for the first of three games. Croatia, currently in third place in the rankings, has two upcoming matches in their quest for back-to-back titles in the competition.
France has now scored in each of their previous 21 games, including a five-game winning streak away from home in the Nations League since their shock friendly loss to Finland in November 2020.
That run includes a 2-1 win in Croatia in October 2020, after the hosts defeated the Chequered Ones 4-2 at home – an identical scoreline to the 2018 World Cup final – and the hosts are still looking for their first win over Les Bleus as a sovereign country
Despite losing one of their most prolific goal scorers in Mbappe, a team with Nkunku and Benzema up front would terrorize any defense, let alone one that had been sliced open at will by Austria.
As Dalic mulls over potential changes, expect the hosts to be more tenacious defensively, but France’s golden scoring streak does not appear to be coming to a stop anytime soon, and we anticipate Les Bleus to bounce back with a narrow victory.