Wednesday 11 Jul

Croatia vs. England Match Preview

10 Jul 2018 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Knockout stage

Croatia

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:00 GMT
11 July 2018

England

  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
18:00 GMT 11 July 2018

The Croatia vs. England match will be played on Wednesday, July 11, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. This is the World Cup second semifinal match. Croatia eliminated Russia in the quarterfinal after a penalty shootout, while England was better than Sweden.

STATS

  • Croatia won three games in group phase, but advanced to the semis after beating Denmark and Russia on penalties. They are the only team that eliminated two opponents after penalty shootout.
  • England was defeated in group phase in the match against Belgium. In the knockout phase of the tournament, they eliminated Colombia after penalty shootout and Sweden by 2:0 after 90 minutes.

HEAD TO HEAD

These teams played seven games against each other up to date. England won four matches, Croatia recorded two wins, while only one match ended in a draw. In the last two games played in World Cup qualifying cycle, England humiliated Croatia by 4:1 and 5:1.

CROATIA NEWS

Croatia qualified for the last four of World Cup for the second time since gaining independence from Yugoslavia. In 1998, they finished third after beating The Netherlands, but they were defeated in their semifinal match against France, which went on to win the title. They became one of the dark horses of the tournament after beating Argentina by 3:0 in group phase, but in the knockout phase they failed to live up to the expectations. Although Croatia eliminated both Denmark and Russia, they didn't perform well and they advanced after penalty shootout both times. There is a strong possibility that Croatian key players, such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic are tired.

Latest matches: Croatia

07.07.2018 Worl Russia Croatia 5:6 W
01.07.2018 Worl Croatia Denmark 4:3 W
26.06.2018 Worl Iceland Croatia 1:2 W
21.06.2018 Worl Argentina Croatia 0:3 W
16.06.2018 Worl Croatia Nigeria 2:0 W

ENGLAND NEWS

England is in the semis for the first time since 1990. Their fans believe that the time has come for the World Cup trophy to "come home". Harry Kane is the absolute leader of this team, and the best goal scorer of the tournament, with six goals.

Latest matches: England

07.07.2018 Worl Sweden England 0:2 W
03.07.2018 Worl Colombia England 4:5 W
28.06.2018 Worl England Belgium 0:1 L
24.06.2018 Worl England Panama 6:1 W
18.06.2018 Worl Tunisia England 1:2 W

SUMMING UP!

English team is a slight favorite in the upcoming game. Croatia depends on Luka Modric; does he have the strength to pull out another impressive game? In the English team, all eyes will be set on Harry Kane, and his duel with Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida; England should have an edge there. We believe that both teams will score at least one goal in the upcoming game.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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