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Croatia vs. England: World Cup Betting Preview for Semifinals

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Croatia vs. England World Cup Semi Finals Preview

The year’s World Cup betting action is headed towards the semifinal round. Much to everyone’s surprises, some of the biggest favorites have already been eliminated. However, there still some online wagering favorites to back. For example, the English side of Wednesday’s Croatia vs. England semifinal match. Let’s take a look at what the odds are predicting before going over some sportsbook picks.

2018 World Cup – Croatia vs. England – Wednesday, July 11th               

When: 2:00 pm ET

Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

World Cup Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Croatia +½ (-147) 2 (-106) +266
England -½ (+132) 2 (-109) +136
Croatia/England Draw +211
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Croatia                    

The Croatians lucked in the group stage by drawing some rather weak opponents. On top of that, they solidified their exit out of the group stage by upsetting Argentina, the toughest team in their group draw, 3-0 in their second World Cup group matchups. Before that Croatia had faced Nigeria in a dominant 2-0 triumph. The final group stage matchup for Croatia resulted in a 2-1 defeat of Iceland. Notwithstanding that dominance, Croatia would deliver its first draw in the round of 16. Despite the 1-1 finish against Denmark, Croatia advanced off of PKs. In doing so, Croatia got paired up against Russia in the quarterfinals. And although that match finished in another draw, Croatia once again advanced off of penalty kicks.

Players to Watch: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), and Milan Badelj (Fiorentina).

England

The Englishman had one of the most dominant starts to the tournament. They kicked things off with a solid 2-1 defeat of Tunisia followed by a 6-1 manhandling of Panama. However, England would go on to lose their final World Cup group stage matchup, 0-1 against Belgium. That loss didn’t set them back to far as England bounced back in the Round of 16. There they faced Colombia in a 1-1 draw. Obviously the English got the better of Colombia in penalties. The most recent outing England had was in the quarterfinals where they faced Sweden in a 2-0 winning effort. Pegged as the World Cup betting favorites, England will be looking for another dominant World Cup victory.

Players to Watch: Harry Kane (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), and Harry Maguire (Leicester City).   

Croatia vs. England || World Cup Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Croatia is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • Croatia has scored 10 goals in their last 5 games
  • The Croatians have allowed 4 goals in their last 5 games
  • England is 4-1-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • England has scored 11 goals in their last 5 games
  • The English have allowed 4 goals in their last 5 games
Croatia vs. England || World Cup Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet World Cup semifinals take in this Croatia vs. England pairing? All things considered, it’s probably better to stick with the Englishmen here. They’ve had more tournament success and have proven difficult to stop. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 2-0 England.

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