Croatia claimed their first League A Group 3 points on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Sweden and are third in the section, four points shy of their visitors.Following a 0-0 draw with Portugal at the weekend, France sit in second place in League A, Group 3,Watch Live with seven points from three games.Croatia secured a late 2-1 win over Sweden at the same time to sit in third place at the halfway stage, but they are four points behind the top two.France beat Croatia 4-2 in the September international break in Saint-Denis – the same scoreline by which they beat the same team in Russia two years ago.
NAME: Croatia – France
DATE: 14 Oct 2020
TIME: 18:45 UTC
VENUE: Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia
France missed a chance to pull three points clear at the top of the section when they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Portugal on Sunday. Both those pace-setting sides now have seven points.revious meetings France’s 4-2 win against Croatia in Group A3 in September means they remain unbeaten in seven meetings with their opponents: W5 D2.The scoreline in Saint-Denis was a significant one: Les Bleus had prevailed 4-2 against Croatia in the most recent encounter, the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.What the coaches say Highlights: Croatia 2-1 Sweden
Zlatko Dalić, Croatia coach: “The world champions are coming to visit us; the best team in the world, but we want to win even though this is going to be the hardest match of this campaign. We must not make mistakes because the French punish every mistake. We have to be more responsible than against Sweden with more discipline. But there is no fear. Why would there be? We are at home. We are a little tired, but so are they. Let’s enjoy it.”
Didier Deschamps, France coach: “We can always do better. With the quality of the opposition we were facing [against Portugal on Sunday] we took precautions. It was more difficult for the attackers in this match and we needed to do better in the final third to win. Over the past three months, we have done things differently, tried new combinations to find answers before switching to the EURO preparation.”
Ante Rebic and Sime Vrsaljko are injury absentees for the home side, while Marcelo Brozovic is suspended. Mario Pasalic is his likely replacement.France may opt to make changes for their third game during this international break, with the likes of Anthony Martial, Eduardo Camavinga and Lucas Digne options to come into the line-up.Predicted line-ups CRO: Livakovic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Barisic; Kovacic, Vlasic, Modric, Pasalic; Petkovic, Kramaric.FRA: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Digne; Kante, Pogba, Camavinga; Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe.
European powerhouses Italy and Netherlands, meanwhile, are set to square off at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium on Thursday for another heavyweight class in League A Group 1.The first leg at the Amsterdam Arena went Italy’s way courtesy a solitary goal from Nicolo Barella.The battle in focus in the Italy vs Netherlands tie will be on the sidelines, with two shrewd tacticians – Roberto Mancini for Italy and Frank de Boer for the Netherlands – coaching both sides.Gareth Southgate’s England too will be in action against Denmark over the midweek.