Croatia vs. England: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

England have the chance to reach just their second ever World Cup final on Wednesday evening when they face Croatia.

Croatia needed a second consecutive penalty shoot-out to eliminate the hosts Russia in the Quarter-Final stage.

The game finished 2-2 after extra-time, however Ivan Rakitic again scored the winning penalty to send Croatia through.

England eased past Sweden at the same stage, winning 2-0 thanks to two headers.

Harry Maguire opened his England account in the first half and Dele sealed the win after the break.

2018 World Cup form: Croatia W3 D2 L0; England W3 D1 L1
2018 World Cup top scorers
Croatia – Luka Modric 2 goals
England – Harry Kane 6 goals

Match history
Croatia famously knocked England out of Euro 2008 before the competition even begun, winning home and away in qualification.

England got revenge ahead of the 2010 World Cup, winning both games in qualification, scoring nine times in the process!

Last five international meetings
England 5 Croatia 1 – 09/09/09
Croatia 1 England 4 – 10/09/08
England 2 Croatia 3 – 21/11/07
Croatia 2 England 0 – 11/10/06
Croatia 2 England 4 – 21/06/04

Under 2.5 goals – 8/15 with 888 Sport

Team news
Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko is very likely to miss out for Croatia.

Former Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka is set to deputise, with Domagoj Vida moving to right-back.

England are set to named an unchanged XI here, despite doubts about Jordan Henderson.

Jamie Vardy is likely to recover from injury, but will again be named as a substitute.

Expected starting XI’s
Croatia (4-3-3): Subasic; Vida, Lovren, Corluka, Strinic; Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic; Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic
England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young; Kane, Sterling

Predictions

Result: Draw (21/10 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (11/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Harry Kane (11/8 with Betfair)

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