2018 World Cup: England v Croatia Tips, Preview and Predictions
July 08, 2018
Gareth Southgate’s England contest Croatia for World Cup final spot
After dispatching Sweden, Gareth Southgate’s England are incredibly preparing for a 2018 World Cup semi-final meeting with Croatia in Russia.
The Three Lions have rallied to their first semi-finals outing at the finals since 1990, having overcome Colombia in the last 16 before comfortably easing past the Swedes last time out.
Croatia next stand in there way of reaching the final, where either France or Belgium will await the victor, as Southgate’s roster look to continue their dream tournament.
Following impressive performances and being on the more promising side of the draw, England will take to the pitch on Wednesday night at 11/8 with Betfred to come out on top over 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Croatia have been highly impressive at times as well and boast vast talent in their ranks. They are a promising 15/2 with bet365 to prevail and both sides score inside normal time in this semi-final encounter.
Mario Mandzukic could cause problems for Three Lions
England boast an array of attacking wealth heading into this semi-final clash and will hold no fear after recent strong showings.
Tottenham sharpshooter Harry Kane is the obvious threat up front after his goals early on in the competition, while he also tracks down an impressive Golden Boot victory.
The Croatian backline will have to be on red alert for him, while the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli having impressed too.
Meanwhile, Croatia hold a potential match-winner in towering targetman Mario Mandzukic, with set-pieces possibly set to play a pivotal role in this game again.
Luka Modric will be key from the centre of the park for the Croatians, while Ivan Rakitic netted the winning penalty in the quarter-final and will also be a crucial component in any success gained here.