So, here we are. On Wednesday evening we will know the identity of the second World Cup 2018 finalist: will it be England or Croatia? Both have had their ups and downs in this competition, but now they are just 90 minutes (or 120 minutes and/or penalties) from creating history! Who will take the honours? Let’s take a look in our England vs Croatia betting tips.
It has been a strange old World Cup, and you suspect that if you told the English and Croatian players that they’d be in the semi-finals at the start of the tournament they might not have believed you.
But the draw has been kind, and at times the two sides have played some good football too.
There’s no doubting that England have enjoyed a kind draw; aided by their defeat to Belgium in the group phase. A run in of Colombia (without their best player), Sweden (terrified of attacking) and Croatia, in the biggest football tournament on the planet, is the stuff of dreams.
But Gareth Southgate’s men have been professional, composed and delivered on their coach’s extraordinary attention to detail, which has been a real plus point….especially from set pieces.
Croatia were outstanding at times in the group phase, but in the knockouts they have been a completely different side….and not in a good way. Failing to beat Denmark and Russia in 120 minutes does not scream out the credentials of a World Cup winner.
So there’s black marks and gold stars against both teams, but who will have enough to get over the line? Let’s take a look in our England vs Croatia betting tips.
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England vs Croatia Betting Tips
Let’s be honest: matches with this much pressure on them rarely deliver on the excitement front. The players are edgy and desperate not to make mistakes, and so generally play a breed of non-risk football.
Indeed, goals are typically hard to come by in knockout games: 5/8 last 16 matches, and 3/4 quarter finals, all went under the 2.5 goal line.
Either side is blasting in the goals, with Croatia netting two in two in the knockout stage and England scoring just twice from open play all competition long.
The Three Lions’ saviours have been the two Harrys: Kane and Maguire. The former has proven deadly from the penalty spot, while the latter is an obvious target at set pieces – hence the nickname ‘Slab Head’.
And that’s the scene of our first bet: either of the Harrys to score anytime, which has been boosted to 7/5 by Bwin!
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As far as the outright match market is concerned, this feels like one of those ‘pick ‘em’ style matches, but the pace in England’s team – and knowing that Kane destroyed Dejan Lovren when Tottenham played Liverpool last season – just sees us edging in their favour.
So we’re backing the Three Lions to reach their first World Cup final in more than 50 years. Take the 8/13 on them to qualify with William Hill.
England vs Croatia Betting Tips: Side Markets
As we’ve alluded to already in this preview, it seems highly unlikely that this will be a goal-laden classic.
Both Teams to Score (No) is the smart play at 20/29 with NetBet, as that’s a selection that covers a number of bases.
For a greater reward for your investment, NetBet have boosted England to win 1-0 to 6/1.