Place: Russia. Luzhniki Stadium. Moscow.
Date: on the 11th of July, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, ½ finals
So, the team of Zlatko Dalić has already reached the World Cup semi-final stage and in the match against Britain Croatia will try to create a sensation and to reach the tournament final! The way to the playoffs for Croats was very difficult and in the match with Denmark they had to win back (1:1) and after to define the quarterfinalist in penalty shootout. In a quarterfinal Croatia has won over Russia in the same way (2:2 according to the results of play time and victory in “a football lottery”).
Croatia is perfect in its game, otherwise this team wouldn’t participate at such high level. But, to tell the truth, England seems to be far stronger than all previous rivals of Croatia. Modrić and his team mates were a priori stronger than Russia and Denmark. But in a semifinal match England has the advantage.
All expected that the team of Gareth Southgate will experience great fiasco or demonstrate successful results in frames of the World Cup. England has already shown the best result after the victory in a tournament of 1966 (the national team didn’t move further ¼ finals) and is ready to take one more step to international recognition. In 1/8 finals England has won over Colombia (1:1) and later without special problems has won over Sweden in a quarterfinal (2:0). At last, the class and stability have appeared in a game and the results of England. Southgate has managed to bring a real team but not just a number of high quality football players.
Modern national team consists of a number of ambitious football players, headed by the top goalscorer of the World Cup 2018, H. Kane. Alli, Pickford, Stones, Trippier, Maguire together with Kane became the leaders of this team. England is surprisingly good in defense that wasn’t characteristic of this team earlier and this fact is very important for gaining the goals of this tournament.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Croatia vs England
Here bookmakers consider England to be the favorite of the match, estimating the victory of England for 2.37. Success of Croatia is estimated by coefficient 3.56 and draw –3.22. This proposal on this on this semi-final of the World Cup seems to be the most logical and obvious. Also it should be noted the quotations on total betting: total over 2.5 for 2.66, total under 2.5 for 1.58.
It is difficult to tell that the level of the game of Croatia during the playoffs stage of the World Cup was dominating and the Blazers had played quite good football with great devotion but that is all! And England has pleasantly impressed and this team is capable to fight for a champion title according to the results.