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Croatia VS England MATCH PREDICTION

11.07.2018 20:00, World Cup
Croatia
1:1 Win
England
Both Teams to Score - yes Odds 1.83

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

The first World Cup’s finalist is already known. France took a narrow 1:0 victory over Belgium thanks to Samuel Umtiti’s goal. The second semi-final takes place on 11 July at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. The winner of the group C Croatia will meet the runners-up of the group G England. Will they play differently than the previous semifinalists?

This is a FIFA World Cup semi-final decades in the making. Both sides have waited patiently for their turn, each experiencing heartbreak in prior editions since they last appeared in the final four. Croatia have 'only' had to wait 20 years (semi-finalists at France 1998), while England last reached the semi-final stage 28 years ago at Italy 1990.

Indeed, this first World Cup meeting between the pair will have a historic outcome. Croatia were defeated by hosts France back in 1998, meaning they have never reached a World Cup Final, while the Three Lions have only reached the Final once before, when they lifted their sole World Cup Trophy more than half-a-century ago - on home soil in 1966.

If both coaches are honest, they will admit that before Russia 2018 started, they would not have anticipated reaching this stage. But both sides have certainly earned their place with valiant performances. Croatia have endured two gruelling 120-minute epics, with nerve-shredding penalty shootout wins in the knockout rounds so far against Denmark and the hosts. England overcame their own penalty hex in the Round of 16 against Colombia, winning a first World Cup shootout at the fourth time of asking before defeating Sweden in the last eight. 

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Possible line-ups
Croatia: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic

England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

French and Belgians played in the typical manner of almost all semifinals of the current century with one goal only. Croats gathered two games with both teams to score (yes) during play-offs. British have just one match with clean sheet within all World Cup. The favorite of the second clash is not defined. We are not sure in the name of the winner. We suppose both sides can score tonight unlike yesterday’s battle. We predict both teams to score (yes) again and call to bet on this with a nice coefficient of 1.83.

Performance :

  • Croatia recent matches Win:6 Lost:1
    • Russia - Croatia 1 : 1
    • Croatia - Denmark 1 : 1
    • Iceland - Croatia 1 : 2
    • Argentina - Croatia 0 : 3
    • Croatia - Nigeria 2 : 0
    • Croatia - Senegal 2 : 1
    • Brazil - Croatia 2 : 0
  • England recent matches Win:6 Lost:1
    • Sweden - England 0 : 2
    • Colombia - England 1 : 1
    • England - Belgium 0 : 1
    • England - Panama 6 : 1
    • Tunisia - England 1 : 2
    • England - Costa Rica 2 : 0
    • England - Nigeria 2 : 1

Last meetings:

09.09.2009 England 5 : 1 Croatia
10.09.2008 Croatia 1 : 4 England
21.11.2007 England 2 : 3 Croatia
11.10.2006 Croatia 2 : 0 England
21.06.2004 Croatia 2 : 4 England
20.08.2003 England 3 : 1 Croatia

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