Croatia vs England 11.07.2018 - Free Betting Tips

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Croatia and England face off in Moscow on Tuesday evening in the second of 2018’s World Cup semi-finals, in what could be an era-defining game for both sides. Croatia have not been at this stage of the tournament for 20 years, while for England it has been even longer, with 1990 being the last time that the English reached this stage of a major tournament. It could be an emotional night.

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Croatia vs England – Free Betting Tips

11. July 2018 | 19:00
Football » World Cup 2018

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England to win, 1X2
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No goalscorer in the game
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Croatia to win on penalties
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If you have been the Croatia vs England match previews in the build-up to the game this week, then you might be thinking about having a bet. Betway is offering a good low-risk option, with odds of 13/10 available on England winning, on the 1X2 market. For a slightly riskier option, you can head over to BetVictor, where you can get odds of 11/2 on there being no goalscorer in the game. William Hill has a good long odds option. They are offering a price of 8/1 on Croatia winning on penalties, which is our prediction. England are also 8/1 to win on penalties.

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England to win, 1X2
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No goalscorer in the game
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Croatia to win on penalties
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Croatia vs England Betting Tips: Form Guide

Croatia Coping Well With Pressure

Croatia overcame Russia in the quarter-finals, requiring penalties to beat the hosts after the game ended 2-2 after extra time. Zlatko Dalic’s team managed to deal with the pressure of facing a passionate home crowd, as well as their own demons. As pundit and former Croatia captain Slaven Bilic has reiterated several times in this tournament, Croatia in the past have had tremendous problems winning games that they really needed to win. Expectation from their supporters added to the pressure felt by the team. But they came through a testing situation and will feel more confident now.

The team’s real strength is their midfield quality. This could be an area where the Croats really test England, who have been leaving a little bit of space in central areas. If the likes of Luka Modric can get their passing game together, then England’s defensive midfielder Jordan Henderson could be in for a torrid evening. According to Modric, the Croats have also been preparing to face England’s threat from set-pieces in training. They possess a set-piece threat of their own too, though, and will provide England with their biggest test of the tournament so far.

English Expectations Are Very High

England have been fortunate in their opposition so far during this World Cup. Their group games were not especially testing, and they are yet to face one of the tournament’s real contenders. They had to work extremely hard to beat a pretty ordinary Colombia team on penalties, before dismissing Sweden’s challenge in solid and unspectacular style. Croatia offer Gareth Southgate’s team a very different type of challenge. How England’s midfield cope with Croatia’s ability to control possession will be key to the contest, and Southgate may well be tempted to offer Jordan Henderson a little more support in the middle of the field by picking Eric Dier over Jesse Lingard.

Harry Kane remains England’s biggest threat, and his partnership with Raheem Sterling is developing, with both players learning to complement each other’s runs. England also carry plenty of threat from set-pieces, if not as much from open play.

The main enemy for England now is the expectation from the fans. While the team are a long way away from the hype back home, it is impossible for players to isolate themselves in the age of social media. How this young squad copes with the hubris and hype from the fans could define this contest against Croatia.

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The Last Five Games

Croatia VS. England

  • Croatia Form3 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Croatia Goals10 goals in the last 5 matches
  • England Form3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • England Goals11 goals in the last 5 matches
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Croatia vs England Preview: Previous World Cup Meetings

These two sides have never played each other previously at a World Cup tournament. They have faced each other in the finals of the European Championship though. The game was back in 2004, when the European Championship was held in Portugal. England won the Group B first round game 4-2 at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. Niko Kovac opened the scoring for Croatia in the game’s fifth minute. The lead lasted until the 40th minute of the game, when Paul Scholes equalised for England. Wayne Rooney scored the first of his two goals in the game on the stroke of half-time, before adding a second on 68 minutes. Igor Tudor pulled one back for Croatia in the 73rd minute, before Frank Lampard made the game safe for England with a 79th minute strike. England will be hoping for a similar outcome on Wednesday evening in Moscow.

Croatia vs England Prediction: Croatian Penalty Win

World Cup semi-finals are never easy games to predict. Both teams have plenty of quality, and have demonstrated mental resilience in making it this far in the competition. The result will come down to what is done on the pitch, rather than at the thousands of fan parties being held back home. How the teams deal with the intense pressure of the occasion will define the outcome.

If you’re looking for England vs Croatia betting tips for today, then the prediction is that the game will be tight and tense, and will be deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Extra time will produce no resolution, and penalties will be required. While spot kicks are always a lottery, it will be Croatia who triumph.

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