Tip Croatia - England
England's dream of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966 are still alive after their 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday. They will have been delighted with the fact that they kept a clean sheet in their game as that was something that hadn't happened before in this tournament. Jordon Pickford was in fantastic form and if he can continue that, then England have a fantastic chance of making it through to the final. Sterling may not have scored on Saturday but you do sense that a goal is just around the corner and who knows it could come in this match against Croatia. The England side is growing in confidence and they will be looking to keep their momentum going in this semi-final clash.
Croatia have battled their way through to their second World Cup semi-final but have had to rely on penalty shoot-outs to get this far. Their campaign started well with wins over Nigeria and Argentina but they have struggled to play that well since. They made lots of changes for their final group game against Iceland and got the win but their last sixteen and quarter final games have both gone to penalties. it wasn't a great display against Denmark and only marginally better against Russia. Croatia have players who can win this game for them but they aren't quite firing on all cylinders at present and the tip here is for England to get the win and reach the final.
Key points Croatia - England
England have only lost one of their last 15 games.
England have won their last two games against Croatia scoring nine goals.
Croatia have had to go to penalties in their last two games in this tournament.
Conclusion Croatia - England
England have surprised many in this tournament but they simply look like a team that work well together, have avoided iniuries and get more confident as each game goes by. They were impressive against Sweden on Saturday and have nothing to fear from Croatia. Their opponents have struggled to maintain the good form they showed in their first two games of this tournament having to rely on penalty shoot-outs to get through their two knock-out rounds. If England can keep playing the way they are, especially Pickford and Maguire, then they can win this match.
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Croatia England Prediction published on July 12, 2018