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Croatia vs England FIFA World Cup Semifinals Betting Preview & Expert Picks

by Liev Jackson

Croatia vs England FIFA World Cup Semifinals Betting Preview & Expert Picks

Croatia vs England

Croatia: 5-0-0
England: 4-1-0
2:00 PM ET, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Luzhniki Stadium

For decades not much has gone right for the soccer mad country where soccer was born. England last won the World Cup in 1966 and in 2014 they didn’t even make it out of the group stage. But now, they stand on the precipice of their first final appearance since their only win. And in the knockout phase they eliminated some pretty huge ghosts by beating Columbia on penalty kicks. They’d been knocked out of major tournaments five times in the last 20 years on shootout losses. Then they were in control most of the way in their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals.

England has become the master of the set piece, scoring all but two of their goals in this tournament on corners and free kicks. That’s also how they opened the scoring against Sweden on a beautiful header by Harry Maguire. Dele Ali scored the other and goalie Jordan Pickford picked up his strong play from the shootout to thwart several strong Swedish scoring opportunities.

Croatia had been arguably the best or at least a top-two team heading into their quarterfinals with the hosts from Russia. They swept their group and then advanced on penalties against Denmark in the round of 16. But it took pretty much every last ounce of their energy to defeat the host nations. Croatia trailed 1-0, but managed to tie things up in the first half.

The game went into extra time and Croatia thought they had it won after Domagoj Vida put them ahead, but the Russians tied it up in the 115th minute behind the play of Mario Fernandes. The match was decided on penalties with Croatia pulling out a 4-3 win.

Meanwhile it remains to be seen how much two straight games decided on penalties along with an apparent hamstring injury to Croatian goalie Danijel Subasic affects Croatia’s play with the stakes higher than ever.

Bovada Sportsbook currently have the England listed as +130 ML Favorites versus the Croatia, at +250 ML Undergod while the Draw is at +210.

Croatia vs England 2018 World Cup Matchup Odds & Betting Lines

Time Team
2:00p Croatia
ET England

Croatia vs England - 1st Half Line

Time Team
2:00p Croatia
ET England

More World Cup Game Odds & Props

The Bottom Line:
England is +130 favorites and Croatia +250 underdogs. The draw is +210. The chips have finally gone England’s way in a World Cup. Taking on what should be a tired Croatia team is yet another advantage in their favor. The Pick: England 2-1.

Liev Jackson World Cup Picks: England +130 & 2 Over at Bovada Sportsbook

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