England v Croatia Betting Tips & Preview
England are back in UEFA Nations League action as they look for revenge over Croatia after their World Cup semi final defeat. After their warm up match against the USA, this will be England’s first competitive match since their 3-2 win away in Sevilla. On the other hand, Croatia are fresh from their own 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday as they look to end the UEFA Nations League on a high note.
Recent International Form
England’s Last International Match
In Wayne Rooney’s final international appearance, England easily swept the USA aside in a 3-0 win. England started off by far the brighter side and could have easily been given a penalty after Callum Wilson went down in the area. Christian Pulisic looked dangerous for the USA however, and should have scored after a mix up in the English defence. Jesse Lingard broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with a curling effort from outside the box, his 3rd goal for England. Trent Alexander-Arnold score a second just minutes later to effectively end the game as a contest. In the second half, Wayne Rooney was given half an hour to make a difference in his final cap and had a couple of opportunities to add to his record breaking tally. In the 77th minute, it was debutant Callum Wilson who finished under pressure at the near post. England can now head into the Croatia game high in confidence as they look to progress from Group 4.
Recent International Form
Croatia’s Last International Match
Croatia blew Group 4 right open with a late 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday. At half time, the game was settled at 0-0 and looked to be ending in a stalemate. Andrej Kramaric made the most of a Spanish defensive error and opened the scoring after 53 minutes, prompting both sides to start attacking. Just 3 minutes later, Dani Ceballos scored his first goal for Spain to equalise. It was only 16 minutes before Croatia were back in front. Tin Jedvaj was unmarked at the back post to easily head past David De Gea. On 75 minutes, Inter Milan right back Sime Vrsaljko handled in the area, to give Sergio Ramos the chance to score. The centre half fired home the penalty, but that was not to be the last of the drama. In the 92nd minute, Jedvaj scored his second goal of the night, slotting home a rebound. Croatia will be buoyed coming into their game with England, and it could be argued that they had must better preparation than a meaningless friendly against USA.
Permutations in Group 4
It’s still possible for all 3 teams to win Group 4 and advance to the next round of the inaugural UEFA Nations League. As it stands, Spain are advancing through to the next round, with 6 points, while England and Croatia are both on 4 points with a game in hand. Spain have played all of their games in the group stage, so their fate is completely reliant on this weekend’s match. If England and Croatia draw, then Spain will advance as the winner of Group 4. If England win, then England will overtake Spain to win, and if Croatia beat England, then they will go from bottom to top of the group to advance. Basically, the winner on the night will advance to the next stage, if there is no winner, then Spain advance.
England v Croatia Head to Head Record
England Wins - 4 Draws - 2 Croatia Wins - 3
After not playing each other in 9 years, the upcoming fixture will be the third time England have faced Croatia in 5 months. The 2 famously met in the World Cup semi final in Russia, as Croatia advanced to their first World Cup final thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s extra time winner. Back in 2007 for Euro 2008 qualification, Croatia famously beat England at Wembley. A 3-2 win for Croatia meant that England wouldn’t qualify for Euro 2008 and Steve McClaren would be sacked, following the ‘Wally With A Brolly’ headlines.
Where to Watch England v Croatia
England v Croatia will be shown live on Sky Sports Football from 2pm on Sunday 18th November.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Both teams have been in good recent form, so we should be in for a tight game at Wembley.
*All odds from Bet UK's online betting correct at the time of writing.