A very tight contest is expected when Croatia and England take on each other in the semifinals of FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium.
During their quarterfinal matches, Croatia broke the hearts of the host nation as they needed to win on penalties to defeat Russia by 4-3. On the other hand, the Three Lions dominated Sweden with a 2-0 victory to bring themselves into the semifinal.
Meanwhile, we all know that both nations truly deserve to be in this kind of position. In fact, they are extremely well matched. However, only one team can progress to the final round as they set to see each other on Thursday, July 12 – 2:00 AM (GMT +8).
Are they confident enough to reach the finals? Most likely, both squads will experience one of the toughest challenges when they collide in Russia. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for the best Soccer Betting Tips)
England and Croatia already played each other seven times, in which Gareth Southgate’s men won four times, losing twice and shared a goalless draw during their opening encounter in 1996.
Projected starting lineup:
Croatia: Danijel Subasic, Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic and Mario Madzukic.
England: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Ashley Young, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
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Both nations are expecting to have a fully fit team coming into this fixture. For the Blazers, they have Subasic, who’s recovering from a hamstring injury that he suffered in Russia. On the contrary, Pickford will try to overcome his injury after he hurt his thumb by accident, punching his own knee. Also, the Three Lions forward Jamie Vargy is likely to play as their place in the World Cup final is at stake.
Without a doubt, England and Croatia are set to provide a very exciting match to give their respective fans something to cheer in the final round in Moscow! Who’s going to take it? In terms of odds, England will book it!
Croatia to win 3.15(The Soccer Bet odds might change without prior notice)
England to win 2.33
Draw – 3.10
Predicted Score: 1-2 in favor of England
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