Croatia v England World Cup Semi-Final Match Preview
Croatia v England, Match Prediction
This Wednesday evening (19:00) fixture is the second World Cup semi-final and comes from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.
Croatia qualified for the last four with another penalty victory this time progressing against the host nation Russia. They drew 2-2 in regular time with their goals coming from Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.
England are into the semi-finals thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Sweden in their last eight meeting. They were rarely in trouble taking a first-half lead through Harry Maguire and then wrapping up victory through Dele Alli.
These two nations have met six times in the last 15 years with the Three Lions coming out on top four times and the Blazers twice. The head-to-heads tend to be high scoring with five of these going over 3.5 goals.
Betting Tips and Predictions
England are the favourites going into the game and we think that will prove to be correct. The Three Lions have looked to be playing with a ot of freedom and without fear so far this tournament with a lot of credit having to go to manager Gareth Southgate.
Croatia have been solid so far, but since the group stages, they have struggled to see offsides, twice winning on penalties to get to this stage. If it got to that stage again, it could be interesting with England also winning there first World Cup penalty shootout ever just a week or so ago. With Croatia’s run in mind, they must be feeling some kind of fatigue which could prove pivitol.
The Blazers are in the last four for only the second time in their history the other occasion saw them lose in France 1998 to the hosts. They are looking to make history by qualifying for their first ever major final.
Croatia have scored ten goals in this tournament with six of them coming from open play and one each from a set piece, a counter attack, a penalty and own goal. The goals have been shared around the team with only Luka Modric netting more than once.
A defence that started looking tight keeping clean sheets in their two opening matches have now conceded in each of their last three. Two of the four that they have conceded have come from set-pieces.
Croatia Team News
Sime Vrsalijko is a doubt with Vedran Corluka expected to step in
The Three Lions are one game away from the final for only the third time in their history and the first since Italia 90. They have a mixed record in semi-finals winning one and losing one while if you throw in the European Championships they have won just one of four.
England have netted 11 times in this tournament with five of these coming from set pieces and three from the penalty spot. Harry Kane is the leading scorer with six goals while John Stones has netted twice.
They have conceded four times with the clean sheet against Sweden the first one of the tournament. Two of the four they have had netted against them have been set pieces while one was a penalty.
England Team News
Jamie Vardy is likely to miss out while Jordan Henderson is a slight doubt.