Croatia vs England betting tips and predictions for the World Cup semi-final tie on Wednesday 11th July including an anytime goalscorer bet and correct score prediction for the match. Which of these two sides will make it through to the final? Is football coming home?
The second of the World Cup semi-finals takes place on July 11th with Croatia and England vying for a place in the final. Croatia have endured successive penalty shoot-outs against Denmark and Russia and they will need to recover quickly after playing 240+ minutes of football. England had it much easier against Sweden and emerged 2-0 winners in Samara. Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sealed the victory and the Three Lions are into the final four for the first time since 1990. Gareth Southgate’s side have been excellent so far and the country has got behind this young side. They began slowly against Sweden and will be looking to get off to a faster start against Croatia.
Croatia looked dead on their feet during the final stages of their clash with Russia. Zlatko Dalic admitted his side were ‘lucky’ to go through on penalties and that doesn’t instil much confidence in this Croatian side. They have lots of individual talent in their squad but they’ve struggled to finish sides off and they’ve looked vulnerable at the back. England should be able to capitalise on this. Dalic’s side remained unbeaten throughout the group stage but they weren’t challenged by Nigeria, given a huge helping hand by Argentina and took advantage of Iceland’s need for a goal. England should have beaten Colombia in 90 minutes but thoroughly deserved their victory against Sweden and they should be able to progress here. They have been chalked up as the favourites in this semi-final tie and they can book their place in the World Cup final for the first time since 1966. England to win is priced at 13/10 with Betfred and you can use their £30 of free bets on either of the semi-final matches.
England have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success from set-pieces and that is likely to be the best route to goal once again. Harry Maguire netted a bullet header against Sweden and the centre-backs are always worth backing. John Stones was a nuisance against Panama and it could be his turn to find the back of the net. The Manchester City defender can be backed 18/1 with Sporting Bet. You can use their £15 free bet to back an England goalscorer.
England fans enjoyed a relatively stress-free 90 minutes against Sweden but there will be plenty of nerves in this game. England have only kept a single clean sheet at the tournament and Croatia have netted in every single match at the 2018 World Cup. England should have too much for Croatia and a 2-1 scoreline looks like a decent outcome in this contest. It can be backed at 9/1 with Paddy Power. They are offering all new customers £20 in cash to use on this game.
These two sides have played out some entertaining contests in recent years. England won 4-1 and 5-1 in World Cup Qualifiers in 2008 and 2009. Croatia won the two previous meetings ahead of Euro 2008. These two sides have never played out a draw in their six meetings.
Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Pivaric, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Perisic, Kramaric, Mandzukic.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Dier, Sterling, Alli, Lingard, Kane.
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