FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi-Final Predictions: Croatia vs England: Both teams look menacing on the attack and will look to catch the opposition on the counter at every given opportunity. While England’s defense has been stable, Croatia have a few major chunks they would like to close at the back. With what’s at stake and what a shot at becoming the World Cup champions means for both the teams, it is certain that England and Croatia will be going in all guns blazing. But we expect England to narrowly edge out Luka Modric and his men and reach their second ever World Cup final. Even popular bookmakers Bet365, narrowly predicts an English victory with odds of 27:20 as compared to 13:5 against Croatia.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 semi-final match will be broadcast live in India on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. You could also stream the match live on Sony Liv, if you have a premium subscription.
Croatia vs England betting preview
Croatia broke Russian hearts on Saturday night after overcoming a brave effort from the hosts to seal their place in the semi-finals of the World Cup with a win on penalties. Manuel Fernandes’ equalising header five minutes from time could well have seen Croatian heads drop, yet they picked themselves up and showed huge mental fortitude to hold their nerve and win a second successive shootout.
They aren’t making light work of these knockout stages so far, having been twice taken all the way to penalties and you wonder what sort of effect that could have on their energy levels and quality of play in this contest. Croatia are a squad with plenty of experience, as well as players who are used to playing long, arduous campaigns at club level with teams who get to the latter stages of competitions. As was the case 20 years ago, this Croatia team stand on the cusp of history as they aim to become the first group of players to deliver the World Cup to their country.
England produced an uncharastically nerveless performance in their World Cup quarter-final, beating Sweden with relative ease in their 2-0 victory in Samara. Gareth Southgate’s team look comfortable playing on this stage and although they faced far from the most difficult of opponents, got the job done in professional fashion thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.
Not since 1990 has an England team reached the semi-finals of a World Cup and to this day it remains one of the nation’s favourite teams of all-time — and this 2018 group have established themselves within that category. Winning four of their five games at the tournament so far, the Three Lions have been excellent performers and will be feeling this could be their year. England has been completely taken over by World Cup fever and another victory here would take it – somehow – to the next level.
Croatia vs England betting tips
Croatia and England look extremely well matched, as the odds of this fixture currently suggest. England win is currently priced at 13/10 with William Hill.
This could well prove to be a tight contest, with both teams very comparable in terms of quality on the pitch. As such, both teams will fancy their chances of scoring and England win and both teams to score is priced at 4/1 with William Hill.
Croatia vs England Live streaming India Time: England will face Croatia in what is expected to be a gruelling encounter on July 11, Wednesday at 11:30 pm India time. The live streaming of the World Cup semi-final will be available on Sonyliv.com and Sonyliv app while the live TV coverage will be broadcast on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3.
Croatia vs England Live streaming India Time: The second FIFA World Cup semi-final match has no favourites as both England and Croatia boast of stellar quality in their lineups. Where England has been heavily relying on the set-pieces so far in the tournament, Croatia has advanced to the semi-finals after two back-to-back penalty shootout showdowns with Denmark in the round of 16 and Russia in the quarter-final.
Both managers are expected to field their strongest squads as the upcoming match is of utmost importance. Croatia will be playing their first semi-final in 20 years while England has waited longer than that for this day to come. The Three Lions last locked horns in a world cup semi-final match in 1990 World Cup.
Although popular fan support is with England but the unexpected rise of Croatia in the world cup has made them heavy favourites to clinch tournament. All eyes will be on England captain and Golden Boot race front-runner Harry Kane and Croatia’s charismatic leader Luka Modric in the upcoming match.
Where and how to catch the live stream of Croatia vs England match?
The live stream of the match will be available on Sonyliv.com and Sonyliv app.
When and what time is the semi-final match between Croatia vs England?
The Croatia vs England semi-final game will be played on July 11, Wednesday at 11:30 pm India time.
Where and how to watch the live TV coverage of FIFA World Cup 2018 match? Which TV channel will have the match live?
The live TV coverage of Croatia vs England match will be available on Sony Ten 2 in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 in Hindi commentary.
What will be the likely lineups in Croatia vs England match?
Croatia XI: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic
England XI: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane