Friday 12th October 2018

Croatia v England 19:45


The league action around Europe takes a back seat this weekend as the focus is back on International football, and the Nations League.

Several games to take in over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, including Croatia v England – which, of course, is a repeat of this year’s World Cup Semi-final.

England fans won’t want to be reminded what happened in that game, but it will give them a chance to gain a tiny bit of pride back. After going 1-0 up the Three Lions eventually lost that game 2-1 in extra-time, but really it was a game of two halves that saw England dominate the first 45 minutes and then look a totally different side in the second half.

In total the sides have played 8 times, with England still holding the upper-hand with 4 wins to Croatia’s three, with one draw. The FIFA Rankings suggest a tight game too as both sides shot up the table after their good World Cup campaigns – Croatia are now ranked 4th, while England are up to 6th.

Looking at the betting and with home advantage it’s Croatia that just edge it at 2.62, with the draw 3.10 and England 2.75.

England are unbeaten in their last three vs Croatia (90 mins), while the last time the Three Lions travelled to Croatia to play them the visitors recorded an easy 1-4 away win. A repeat of that can be backed at 51.00.

5 of the last 7 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS so this is certainly an option at 2.30, while both teams have scored in the last four clashes so at 1.90 this looks fair value too.

England captain, Harry Kane, will of course be popular in the scoring markets – he’s 4.50 (1st) or 2.25 (anytime), while the shortest Croatian player in the scoring markets is Ivan Santini at 6.00 (1st) or 2.25 (anytime).

We can expect a tight game but with both sides having plenty of options going forward then the call here is for England and Croatia to both score at least one goal at 1.90.





Friday 12th October 2018

Croatia v England 19:45

  • FIFA World Rankings, Croatia 4, England 6
  • Last met (2018, World Cup), Croatia 2-1 England
  • Played 8 times, England 4, Draw 1, Croatia 3
  • 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams scored in the last 4 head-to-heads
  • England are unbeaten in their last 3 (90 mins) vs Croatia
  • 5 of the last 7 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • England won their last away game at Croatia 1-4