Croatia – England World Cup Semi Final
Wednesday, at 21:00, Croatia and England meet in Moscow in the second semifinal of the World Championship in Russia.
So far, the two representatives have met seven times: England has won four times, Croatia has achieved two successes, and a match has ended.
The last direct match took place in 2009 in the 2010 CM Preliminaries. England then made it clear in front of Croatia, score 5-1.
However, on Wednesday night a very balanced match is announced in Moscow, both teams having very valuable players, so the small details could make the difference in such a great game.
I think we will rather find a closed, balanced game with few goal phases. And the matches that the two representatives had in the eighth should be an argument in this respect: England was clearly superior to Sweden, but only imposed 2-0 and closed the match after 60 minutes, while Dalic’s team qualified in the semifinals after crossing Russia at penalty shoot-outs. After 90 minutes, the score was 1-1, and the game became spectacular only in overtime, when two goals scored in 30 minutes.
Croatia has stars such as Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic and Perisic, and the English know that they do not have to open too much against such a team.
In addition, Southgate’s team turned out to be vulnerable in defense and took a shot in four of the six World Championship matches. Jordan Pickford, of Everton, however, made an exceptional final tournament and managed to be decisive in many moments for the English, who are expecting him to make a big match in front of Croatia.
Croatia – England Prediction
To conclude, I expect to witness a tactical match with a bigger fight in the middle of the field, and England and Croatia should give us a closed match that does not score more than two goals.
Croatia: Subasic – Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic – Rakitic, Brozovic – Rebic, Modric, Perisic – Mandzukic
England: Pickford – Walker, Stones, Maguire – Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young – Sterling, Kane
Prediction of the Day: There are no more than two goals scored