England vs Croatia World Cup Semi Final Pick - Odds and Match Predictions
England had a seemingly easy job against Sweden in the quarter-finals, as they defeated them by two goals and moved to the semis. They will have a much greater opposition there, as they will be clashing against Croatia on Wednesday. Croatia had to fight really hard in order to overcome hosts Russia in their own match. They did struggle at the start of the game but eventually grabbed the ticket to the semi-finals of this World Cup.
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Croatia quickly saw their qualifying chances take a big hit, as Russia made a really strong start in that quarter-final. Cherysev created a spectacular individual run and scored a majestic goal at the 31st minute of that match. Croatia, who were really numb by that point, woke up and started creating more and more chances. It didn't take them long to pull even, as they did so just 8 minutes after that goal. It was a much more competitive second half, but neither team managed to score a goal. The match went to extra-time, where Croatia took the lead with Vida. However, they conceded a late equalizer that eventually sent the game to the penalty shoot-out. Croatia was more accurate in their shots and grabbed a massive qualification to the semi-finals.
On the other hand, England did not struggle as hard in their own match against Sweden, but the win did not come easy. Sweden was pretty bad at the start of the game, and England didn't fail to take advantage of the situation. Harry Maguire scored a towering header at the 30th minute, as England deserved an early goal. However, they encountered a really great opposition in the second half, as Sweden was pushing to pull even. But it was England who managed to extend their lead at the 59th minute when Alli gave them a two-goal lead. Sweden slowly accepted the situation, and there was nothing they could do to change the result.
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England vs Croatia Prediction 07/11/2018
Croatia destroyed Argentina earlier in the competition, but they have struggled in all their other matches. Maybe they are made for big matches, but this is not going to be easy. England really does want to bring it home and will fight about it. England destroyed Croatia the last two times these two have met, back in 2008 and 2009 for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. But Croatia has an excellent squad this time around. Maybe even better than England's and this is going to be a massive match-up. I don't think that we will see very few goals here, despite the severity of the situation.