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England v Croatia Prediction & Betting Tips, 18th November 2018

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England v Croatia Nations League Preview, 18th November 2.00pm

A win for England against Croatia on the weekend and the Three Lions win their Nations League group and move through to the finals. What a huge success that would be after landing in a tough group and only collecting one point from their opening two games. Now it is there on a plate for them, at home against a side who just had a competitive run out on Thursday. Read our England v Croatia betting tips for more.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 5/6
Draw 5/2
Croatia 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 14th, 2018 at 11:56 p.m.)

England News and Form

The Three Lions have the chance at winning group A4 of the Nations League. All that they have to do is beat Croatia on Sunday. It’s as straightforward as that. If this game ends in a 0-0 draw like the first meeting did, then Spain win the group and England are safe in second. If it is a score-draw then England are relegated. Similarly, if England lose they will, of course, be relegated. So there is a pretty thin line between success and failure here. England’s form in their last four games is W3 D1 and they look as if they have started to come back to life a little bit again after opening the Nations League with a 2-1 home reverse against Spain.

The took a 3-0 win over the USA in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday and that followed their huge surprise of a 3-2 win out in Spain in the Nations League. So that is back to back games where they have scored exactly three goals. Three of England’s last five games have made it over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). They have collected a clean sheet in three of their last four games too. Harry Kane was rested against the USA and is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Marcus Rashford has scored in two of England’s three Nations League games.

England v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between England and Croatia this year
Croatia took a 2-1 win over England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final (AET)
England are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (90 minutes)
Four of the last five meetings have made it over 2.5 goals (including AET)
Five of the previous nine have gone over the goal line (including AET)
England are W4 D3 L2 in the head to head against Croatia

Croatia News and Form

Just as England did, Croatia pulled out a shock 3-2 victory over Spain in the Nations League. That was Thursday night which just left the group wide open. Now the Croatians are in the same boat as England where a win sees them finish top, while a loss sees them finish bottom. The minimum they need to avoid relegation is a score draw. Croatia have won their last two games (a friendly against Jordan and the Nations League win over Spain), both by a one-goal margin. Croatia to win by a one-goal margin is at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

Overall Croatia have picked up a W2 D2 L1 record in their last five games played. Since their World Cup meeting earlier in the year with England, Croatia have had Mario Mandzukic, Vedran Ćorluka and Danijel Subasic all retire. Croatia have been beaten just twice in their last thirteen games and that was their 2018 World Cup Final match against France and then the 6-0 drubbing by Spain in their opening Nations League game. Croatia have conceded in eight of their last ten fixtures so have not been tight at the back which should give England a look in. Both teams to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

Who will win – England v Croatia Predictions

There will be disappointment if England don’t win this one and at least get some kind of revenge for their World Cup 2018 semifinal loss against Croatia. England have the home advantage and that should help them here to get up enough of a head of steam to see them grab this opportunity.

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