Odds on England to beat Croatia – Betting Preview, World Cup 20189th July 2018 / lee
Croatia v England World Cup 2018, 11th July – 7.00 p.m
One game from reaching the World Cup Final. Who would have dreamed of that ahead of the tournament? It has been a tremendous tournament from Gareth Southgate’s young charges regardless of the outcome of this fixture. The Odds on England to beat Croatia though see the Three Lions as 11/8 favourites* (betting odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 2:07 am) to win this duel and so now there is expectancy in England. But they were favourites in both of their knockout stage games and they have held good so far. Can they take this summer adventure one step further?
Croatia vs England Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.)
What you have seen from England at the 2018 World Cup has been commitment. In spades. Granted the overall quality when you look back over their five games may not have been there to the level of some of the other remaining teams in the semi finals, but they have stuck to their identity. England have played with energy, a positive mindset in getting the ball down and getting it forward quickly.
They have been brave at the back and they have had their captain Harry Kane stand up to be counted time and again. Harry Kane, who is leading the race for the Golden Boot is at 10/3 odds in the bet365 first goalscorer market for this semi-final* (betting odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 2:07 am). In the group stage, we saw a never-give-up attitude in searching for their winner of Tunisia. They romped to a big success over Panama and while they lost their non-contest against Belgium in their final group stage match, it didn’t disrupt their momentum.
Having rested their main players for that Belgium game, England came in fresh for the knockout stage and showed character in not crumbling after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser against Colombia. Then the Three Lions held their nerve to create history in delivering England’s first ever penalty shootout win at a World Cup. That says a lot about this group and their self-belief, teamwork and composure.
England looked strong and solid in their quarter-final against Sweden and never did you get the sense that they were going to be in trouble in that game. They weren’t as they won 2-0 although that first clean sheet can be hugely credited to keeper Jordan Pickford who had a stunning game between the sticks when he was called upon. He only had three shots all match to save, but they were all spectacular stops from the Everton man.
Both teams not to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 2:07 am) for the Croatia v England semi-final. This is just the third World Cup semi-final for England in their history and their previous appearances have yielded one win and a loss. The win was in their 1966 title campaign and their loss was against Germany in 1990 which was before most of the current England squad was even born. So history is within touch for this young England side, can they take their chance?
England are W4 D1 L1 in their last six games and have lost just one of their last fifteen played since the start of last September. This World Cup has already been a bigger success than many would have predicted and they do have reasons to be confident. The Three Lions have been fantastic from set pieces and have scored from 10 of their last 13 shots on target at this tournament. It may not have been high-quality stuff from England, but it has been high energy and high excitement and they have scored at least two goals in four of their last six.
Croatia have the quality
Croatia played so well in the group stage and they looked as if they could have a deep run after they beat Argentina so convincingly in their second match. But did they run out of steam too early? They haven’t hit their performance levels since then and struggled to a 1-1 draw against Denmark in their round of sixteen match. Croatia had been heavily tipped to win that game comfortably, but they looked as if they just went into their shell or couldn’t handle the pressure of the knockout stage.
After getting through on a penalty shoot-out, they were once again favourites as they faced surprise package Russia in the quarter finals. Again Croatia had a fight on their hands as they were taken to a penalty shootout. That game ended 1-1 at 90 minutes and 2-2 at 120 minutes. The 1-1 draw at bet365 in the correct score market is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 2:07 am).
Again they took their chances in a penalty shootout to get rid of the host nation. So Croatia have had a lot of extra work to do and they aren’t the youngest of sides which could work against them as they face England’s young, energetic side. But the one thing that Croatia does have is quality and Luka Modric in the midfield has had a stunning tournament. England have to find a way to deal with him and the very strong Croatia midfield. Croatia have not played well in the knockout phase but they are still in this and are unbeaten in six now (W4 D2).
Croatia v England Predictions
We are going with England to sneak this over ninety minutes. England have plenty of pace in their ranks and their set pieces are working well. Croatia haven’t impressed over their last couple of games and while they are technically better than England by a fair bit, England look full of self-belief and can find a winner from somewhere.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!