Kick-off: 1945, 12/10/2018
Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
England and Croatia meet for the first time since Gareth Southgate’s side saw their dreams of reaching the World Cup final come to an end.
The Three Lions began their Nations League A Group 4 campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to Spain, who then thrashed Croatia 6-0 in their opener.
Both sides will be desperate for their first win of the inaugural tournament but we are settling for a draw at 21/10 as our first Croatia vs England prediction.
A Look At Croatia’s Betting Odds
A Croatia line-up showing five changes from their 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final in Moscow were swept aside in their opening game of their Nations League campaign.
Saul and Marco Asensio scored before goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic put one in his own net, and the rout was completed in the second half thanks to goals from Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco.
Croatia, who went into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Portugal in a friendly, suffered the heaviest defeat in their history, with their previous worst result being the 5-1 loss to England at Wembley in 2009.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is back in the squad after injury while World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic are again included and pose a threat.
A Look At England’s Betting Odds
Southgate signed a new contract to remain as England manager until 2022 before naming a bold squad which continued his focus on youth.
Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison were all rewarded by receiving their first senior call-ups and Southgate insisted he would have no qualms in playing them in the double-header in Croatia and Spain.
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring against Spain at Wembley before Saul Niguez and Rodrigo secured the visitors a 2-1 comeback win.
It was England’s first competitive home loss since Steve McClaren’s men fell to Croatia in a crunch qualifier in November 2007, although they did beat Switzerland in Leicester three days later, with Rashford scoring the only goal.
Given the youthful look of England’s squad, we are adding Draw HT/Draw FT at 333/100 to complete our Croatia vs England betting tips.
ENGLAND 1-0 Switzerland – Rashford
Spain 6-0 CROATIA
Head-to-head: Croatia 2-1 England, England 5-1 Croatia, Croatia 1-4 England, England 2-3 Croatia, Croatia 2-0 England
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