Kane & England Primed to Oust Croatia in World Cup Semifinal

Sunday, July 8, 2018 1:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 8, 2018 1:40 PM UTC

England and Croatia will lock horns in a massive World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday, and the Three Lions look good value to win.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/" title="Soccer Betting Forum">World Cup Semifinals</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/world-cup/croatia-vs-england-3391159/" title="Complete Game Odds">Croatia vs England (Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET)</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3391159, "sportsbooksIds":[43,180,139,169,1602], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Croatia will have to overcome exhaustion when they take on England in a World Cup semi-final clash at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday. The Croats needed extra-time and penalties to get past Denmark in the last 16, and they prevailed in another epic shootout against Russia in the quarter-finals. The players were collapsing with cramp on a steamy night in Sochi and fatigue is likely to be an issue when they face England. Gareth Southgate’s men enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sweden earlier that day and they should be comparatively fresh and raring to go.</p><p>That could be one reason why the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/" title="Soccer Odds">betting sites have installed the Three Lions as the favourites</a> to secure victory in this game. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a> is offering +135 on England, +210 on the draw and +260 on Croatia, making them distinct underdogs. Croatia breezed through the group stage, with three emphatic victories, including a famous 3-0 triumph over Lionel Messi’s Argentina. But they have since struggled. They laboured to a draw against a stubborn but limited Danish side, and then they failed to kill off Russia when they had a chance. But they have become penalty shootout specialists, with Danijel Subasic forming a giant presence in goal, and they are now just one of four teams left standing in this competition.</p><p>England also toiled against Colombia in their last 16 showdown, and they too secured victory via a penalty shootout. But they stepped it up a gear against Sweden and their superiority told. Southgate has selected a young and hungry squad, and their vitality and dynamism told against the Swedish. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier were full of energy and the Swedes could not cope with their pace and movement.</p><p>Overall, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">England probably just about have a more formidable team on paper</a>. Kane is a real superstar, rated as the world’s most valuable player, and he is the top scorer at this tournament with six. Alli is back from injury and he showed his talent with a vital goal against Sweden. Harry Maguire is going from strength to strength at the back and Jordan Pickford was on fire in the quarter-finals. This is a side teeming with players from elite Premiership clubs, and they have a sense of togetherness that was lacking in previous England sides.</p><p>But the best player on the pitch will be a Croatian. Luka Modric has dazzled at this World Cup, dictating the play with his magnificent range of passing, the ability to launch attacks with eye of the needle through balls and his general grace.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Luka Modric's &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldCup?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WorldCup&lt;/a&gt; game by numbers vs. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/RUS?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#RUS&lt;/a&gt;: &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;140 touches&lt;br /&gt;102 passes attempted&lt;br /&gt;87% pass accuracy&lt;br /&gt;10 crosses&lt;br /&gt;8 take-ons&lt;br /&gt;4 chances created&lt;br /&gt;4 fouls won&lt;br /&gt;3 shots&lt;br /&gt;1 assist&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;All in a day's work. 🙆‍♂️ &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/zFO9GsTklt\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/zFO9GsTklt&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Squawka Football (@Squawka) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Squawka/status/1015705320235110400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 7, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic is a blur of industry alongside him, and this duo will make life extremely difficult for Jordan Henderson in the semi-final. England look quicker and sharper, but Croatia are more comfortable on the ball, more technically gifted. Serie A stalwarts Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic embody those traits, while Ante Rebic is excelling on the right. It should make for an intriguing clash of styles.</p><p>But if Croatia have a weak point it is in defence. Dejan Lovren is a mainstay in an extremely leaky Liverpool defence and his own fans often pillory him for his ineptitude. Vedran Corluka could not cut it in the Premiership and he is now winding down his career at Lokomotiv Moscow. Dynamic players like Kane, Alli and Sterling could rip them to shreds if they get the correct service. England have played possession football so far and it is easy to imagine that trio seeing plenty of the ball, so an England win at +135 looks attractive.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=5754&amp;book=worldcup-picks">Check Out SBR's World Cup Page</a></h2>
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