Croatia vs France Prediction, 10/14/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Croatia vs France
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Location: Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, Croatia
Odds/Point Spread: Croatia (-135) France (+102)
Josip Brekalo and Croatia (1-0-2 in Nations League) host France (2-1-0 in Nations League) at Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Dominik Livaković for Croatia and Hugo Lloris for France. The odds on this contest have Croatia coming in at -135 and the French are priced at +102. The total has been set at 2.25.
Croatia have tallied 5 goals this tourney, which is currently 8th in the league. They have launched 30 shots at the opposition with 13 of them being on target, which comes out to a 43.3% SOT percentage. They have been called for 37 fouls and have drawn 33 fouls in this tournament. Croatia has controlled possession of the ball for 51.3% of games.
Josip Brekalo is a player who can be a difference maker for the Croatians. He has 11 assists while accumulating 6 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Brekalo has been in the starting lineup in 62 contests so far in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.18 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Croatia has recorded 12 goals scored in 5,900 professional minutes played. Someone else who should impact this game is Nikola Vlašić, the forward who is from Croatia. Vlašić has 12,634 mins during 146 starts and has been given 12 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 27 times during his career and he has scored 32 goals. He currently averages 0.23 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The man defending the goal for Croatia is Dominik Livaković. Livaković (96-37-64 record in his career) has recorded 75 shutouts, which has earned him a 38.1% clean sheet rate. The keeper taking the field for Croatia has faced 566 shots tried at him in 197 starts. His GA/90 is 1.13 (188 goals allowed) and his save percentage is .673. Livaković has played for 17,722 minutes and has tallied 378 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
France has 41 fouls this tournament (26th in Nations League) and they have 40 fouls they have drawn. As we sit, they control possession of the ball 47.3% of the time. The French hold an average of 3.33 shots on target per 90 minutes and have earned 4 goals so far in the tournament. They have been able to complete 33.3% of their shots on target on 30 total shots.
Kylian Mbappé will be someone to watch for France. The forward who is from France has totaled 8,077 minutes while he has scored 82 goals. He has totaled 10 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 32 times. He currently averages 0.91 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 73 matches in his career. Be sure to watch out for Anthony Martial, the forward representing France. He has earned 62 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 27 times. Martial has been handed 10 yellow card cautions in 12,855 mins played (146 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his career is 0.43.
Hugo Lloris will look after the net for France. In his career, Lloris has given up 495 goals and has totaled 1,344 stops in 482 starts. He has allowed 1.03 goals per 90 while earning a record of 246-124-109. He holds a save percentage of .735 and his shutout rate is currently at 34.9%. Lloris has totaled 168 shutouts and has seen 1,828 shots attempted against him in 43,045 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take France (+102)
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