Croatia vs England
UEFA Nations League
Date: Friday, 12th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka (Rijeka).
The golden generation in the history of Croatian football had a sublime World Cup in Russia. The team led by the prominent Luka Modric had a stunning run into the finals where they met an unfortunate end. France was a bit too much for them to handle.
Life after World Cup is transpiring into a tragedy for them. In their first ever match in Nations League they took a 6-0 thrashing from a young Spanish Armada. You saw how players like Isco and Asensio running amok the Blazers defense.
Croats had less than 30% possession in the match, which was not surprising considering their opponents. But what was scaring was their inability to test the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. The Chequered Ones could only render a single shot on target showing they have lost their true mettle from the WC.
Coach Zlatko Dalic was the backbone of the team at Russia. But his team’s recent performance will have him rattled.
Modric and Rakitic are the heart of the Croatian team. Both their work rate will determine the result of the game. Attack may be renewed bearing in mind the inability to score against Spain.
England also had a loss from the hands of the Spaniards. The English lost their streak of 14 competitive home wins as their UNL match ended 2-1 in favor of Luis Enrique side. Marcus Rashford scored the only goal for the Three Lions.
The team under Gareth Southgate will be looking for revenge against the WC runners-up.Their WC hopes ended with a 2-1 loss to the eventual finalists.
Croatia vs England Head to Head
The WC Semi-final was the last time these two had faced each other. Mandzukic came up with a late strike to help his team to progress into the final. England squandered an early lead as Perisic leveled the score after Trippier put Lions ahead in the 5th minute. Apart from this they have not met recently.
The Three Lions lead the overall head-to-head from 7 matches with 4 wins along as against 2 losses, with 1 match ending in stalemate.
Six of their 7 overall h2h meetings saw both teams scoring at least once.
Meantime, the teams share 1 win each from their 2 h2h fixtures in Croatian soil.
Croatia vs England Prediction
A win is required for both the teams to progress into the final round of the league. The match may turn out to be exciting if the two decide to attack. But Croatia unsure about their defense will have to keep Harry Kane and Rashford at bay.
England relies on Kane too much as it seems. After his Golden Boot performance at Russia, things are not good for him both at club and country. He might have to face the critics if his goal drought continues for England.
Croatia vs England Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.62 (5/8).
Match to end in Drawn @ 3.20 (11/5).