Croatia vs England Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score: Croatia 2-1 England
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11th July 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Luzhniki Stadium, TV:BBC
Croatia vs England Predictions
England needed Jordan Pickford to keep them in the game against Sweden with the Three Lions keeping their first clean sheet of the tournament against Janne Andersson’s side. Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli settled the tie and secured them their first semi-final appearance since 1990. England have played well in patches at this tournament and this young side are clearly getting used to playing alongside one another. Gareth Southgate will look to keep the feel-good factor going and they will fancy their chances of making it to the final and win. Croatia have flattered to deceive in the knock-out rounds so far and they’ve played over 240 minutes of football. Zlatko Dalic’s side needed two penalty shoot-outs to get to this stage and they may be suffering from fatigue in the latter stages of this contest. If England can keep Luka Modric quiet, they should be able to win this tie. They can be backed at 13/10 with William Hill.
Croatia vs England Preview
Luka Modric said that “extra time and penalties” were written in the stars for Croatia with his side requiring a second successive shoot-out in order to secure their spot in the final four. They’ve been unable to break down Denmark or Russia across 120 minutes but they’ve held their nerve from 12 yards and progressed to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup. Some of their players looked weary towards the end of that game and Zlatko Dalic may wish to make some changes ahead of this crucial contest. They’ve conceded in each of their last three games and will have to tighten up in this game.
England picked up a straightforward victory inside 90 minutes against Sweden and that prompted mass celebrations from the travelling fans. Gareth Southgate opted to keep the same team which dumped Colombia out of the competition and it paid dividends. Harry Kane drew a rare blank but the Three Lions still got the job done and deserve their place in the semi-finals. They have the advantage of having played earlier than their opponents and have also played fewer minutes over the past few days. There is plenty of confidence oozing through this young team.
England started slowly against Sweden but eventually got a foothold in the game. They need to be patient in order to find gaps in the oppositions defence and a similar approach is required here. Croatia conceded after just 60 seconds against Denmark but they prevented them from adding to their lead and they are relatively secure at the back. They’ve conceded just three times at the tournament so far whilst England will be full of confidence after registering a clean sheet for the first time in Russia. Under 2.5 Goals looks the best option in this market. It is priced at 1/2 with Bet365.
Croatia vs England Correct Score Prediction
There shouldn’t be much between these two sides and it could be a tight and tense 90 minutes. A place in the final awaits and with so much at stake, neither side will want to show their hand too early in the match. England were effective going forward and could take advantage of some heavy Croatian legs. A 1-0 England success can be backed at 47/10 with Royal Panda whilst it’s 23/20 with Betfred for the second half to be the highest scoring half.
Croatia vs England Odds
England are the favourites for this game and can be backed at 13/10 with Betfair to secure their place in the final. Croatia are available at 5/2 whilst a third successive draw for Zlatko Dalic’s side can be backed at 11/5.
- This is England’s first semi-final appearance in 28 years.
- These two sides have never met at a World Cup before.
- England have won their last two meetings with Croatia and scored nine goals across the two ties. England Win and Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 10/3 with Betfred.
- These two sides have never played out a draw.
- England have kept just one clean sheet in their last five matches.
- Croatia have scored nine times at this tournament with a third of those strikes coming against Argentina.
- Harry Kane has six goals at the 2018 World Cup and is the tournament’s top goalscorer.