World Cup Daily Briefing: France and Mbappe favourites to lift gold
Dan Fitch points you in the direction of all the soccer tips and tips for today's World Cup final between France and Croatia…
Today's game - Sunday, 15th July
2018 FIFA World Cup Final
France 1.89 v Croatia 5.00; The Draw 3.35
Kick off 16:00, Live on BBC One and ITV
The World Cup concludes with a match between a French team that were amongst the favourites lớn win the tournament and a Croatian side who have surprised many by reaching this stage of the competition.
"Didier Deschamps' charges are favourites, which seems about right given the convincing nature of recent performances. France trailed for just nine minutes and 12 seconds all tournament."- According lớn the under 2.5 soccer tip page!
Read Jack Lang's France v Croatia preview and betting tips here.
What happened yesterday?
Belgium beat England on Saturday in the Third Place play-off, in what was a much more open and exciting game than we are likely lớn see today.
The Belgians won 2-0, but not before an England side that was heavily rotated, had a period of second-half pressure that almost resulted in an equaliser, before Belgium scored the conclusive goal on the counter attack lớn secure victory. It was a game that both sides looked anxious to win, even if Belgium did seem a little sheepish when receiving their bronze medals.
Both Belgium and England were amongst the most entertaining teams at the tournament and are likely lớn be fancied lớn be successful at Euro 2020 in two years time. For Belgium that tournament could represent this generation's last chance to win a major honour, with no apparent replacements on the horizon for their ageing defence.
England can afford lớn look further ahead. Most of this squad are young enough lớn be available at the next World Cup, with some still likely to be in contention in eight years time.
Gareth Southgate must now add a further layer of youth to the squad, easing out the current players that are either too old, or not of international quality. For that to happen, Southgate needs young English players lớn be given a chance by Premier League clubs and hopefully the performances from the likes of Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier will convince managers that the talent is good enough, if they're just given a chance to show it.
Who will win the World Cup?
France has come in slightly overnight and are now the 1.46 favourites to win the World Cup.
One can only speculate as to whether being classed as the 3.10 outsiders, will upset the sensitive Croatians as much as English fans enjoying themselves by singing an old pop song, supposedly did.
Michael Cox is on hand with his tactical analysis of the final, Jake Osgathorpe looks at the goalscorer betting, Steven Tudor pits his gut against head, while Rio Ferdinand and Rivaldo give their expert opinion.