As the FIFA World Cup 2018 is closing in on its conclusion, the European heavyweights England are about to take on the promising side Croatia at the Luzhniki stadium in the second semi-final fixture on Wednesday.
Reportedly, England have been proved to be dominant throughout this world cup so far losing only one game against another title contenders Belgium in their group league fixture. In the round of 16, they also have shaken off their curse from penalties, as they secured a victory from the spot over the American giants Colombia. Later in the quarter-final, they just overpowered the group F toppers Sweden with a scoreline of 2-0.
On the other hand, Croatia also have had a much impressive impact in this edition of the world cup so far. They proceeded to the round of 16 after winning all the group league matches, which includes the thumping 3-0 victory over the heavyweights Argentina. Later, the side have crossed the hurdles of the round of 16 and quarter-finals on penalties over Denmark and the hosts Russia respectively.
The fixture cannot be predicted earlier as we have already witnessed a few upsets and the downfall of the big fishes so far in this world cup. Moreover, both of the teams have already shown cool composure in the penalties also. So, the fans can expect a thriller from the particular semi-final tie.
Croatia vs England Team News:
The Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic will not be looking forward to making any major changes in his side as the combination of the players and understanding among them have been proved to be working fine. On the other hand, the English manager Gareth Southgate also is not expected to make any changes in the winning squad from the last game.
Key Players: Croatia does have a few big names in their side, it includes the Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, the Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and the ex-Bayern Munich and ex-Atletico Madrid star, currently representing the Italian giants Juventus, Mario Mandzukic. Apart from that, they do have presently one of the best midfielders in the world from Real Madrid, Luka Modric, who has been superb throughout the tournament so far and reportedly, is a contender of the golden ball for the tournament.
On the other hand, for England, the Tottenham forward Harry Kane is a certain threat to any defense on any day. Apart from that, the Manchester City star Raheem Sterling can also have an impact on the game. In addition, presently, one of the best promising youngster from Tottenham, Dele Ali also can be crucial for his side.
Croatia vs England Head-To-Head:
|Team||Played||Win||Draw||Lose||Score||Goals Scored||Goals Allowed|
Croatia Latest Form: W-W-W-W-W
England Latest Form: W-W-L-W-W
Betting Odds (Bet365):
Croatia – 3.50
Draw – 3.10
England – 2.37
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Croatia vs England Live Streaming Link:
The game is scheduled on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 from 11:30 PM IST and will be telecast on Sony LIV, Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3, Sony ESPN, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN HD for Indian viewers. For online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.