Croatia vs England – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
The game is over
Final score: Croatia vs England is 2 – 1
11th July 2018 – 19.00 GMT
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – TV: RTE
Croatia and England will both really fancy their chances of making an unlikely World Cup final going into Wednesday evening’s match. The Croats are unbeaten in Russia but, having stormed through the group stage, Zlatko Dalic’s side have stuttered in knockout ties with Denmark and Russia, needing spot kicks to see off both. They are, however, still unbeaten in competitive matches under Dalic.
England’s progression to the last four is far more of a surprise than their opponents but Gareth Southgate’s men may be peaking at the right time. They came through their quarter-final tie with Sweden quite comfortably and the group stage defeat to Belgium (which saw two second strings go head-to-head) remains their only loss in the last year.
It’s a tight one to call and Croatia may have to be prepared to go through 120 minutes and spot kicks once more. The draw can be backed at 39/19.
Croatia drew both their round of 16 match with Denmark and their quarter-final tie with Russia, as both ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. England were also held to a 1-1 draw by Colombia in the second round.
Interestingly, there tends to be goals in matches between these teams. There has been just one clean sheet kept intact by either team in their last five meetings.
Both teams have plenty of attacking talent and that should enable them both to score, so the 1-1 draw could be enticing at 27/5.
In the last five meetings between England and Croatia there have been 24 goals – an average of almost five goals a game.
Neither side have been overly convincing defensively and have needed their respective goalkeeper to bail them out on several occasions.
Don’t expect a fast, end-to-end, free flowing encounter but both teams’ lacklustre backlines certainly hints at goals being scored. Over 2.5 goals is at 13/8.
England’s eight goals from set pieces equals the all-time World Cup record
Croatia’s two knockout matches in Russia have gone all the way to penalty kicks