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WC 2018: Croatia vs England Match Preview and Prediction
By Imran Otieno | Wed 11 Jul, 2018 12:15

With France having booked their place in the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup after beating Belgium, Croatia and England will be aiming to seal a chance to meet Les Blues while avoiding the “pointless” third place game against Belgium according to Luis van Gaal when Netherlands took on Brazil in the 2014 tournament.

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Croatia vs England - 9PM

Whenever England play and actually play well it wouldn’t be hard to know so, even if you aren’t an ardent follower of football because of their vibrant media. This time they haven’t disappointed coining the phrase “Bring it Home” which basically translates to bringing the World Cup to its original home land, as it is believed football was invented in England.

Credit to England, they have actually played well so far in the tournament bar the Belgium loss in the dead rubber group stage match. This will be England’s third semis in history having won against Portugal in 1966 and lost to Germany in the 1990.

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Croatia will be looking to go one better of their previous best World Cup when they lost to France in the semis of the 1998 tournament, finishing third after beating Netherlands in the third place play offs. The loss against France 20 years ago is their only loss till date in the knock out phases of the World Cup. Zlatko Dalic's men will have a bit of fatigue after playing in the extra time against Russia in their last game and also against Denmark in the round of 16.

Croatia have a very strong midfield with Luka Modric, Ivan Peric, Ivan Rakitic, Milan Badelj all chipping in with goals so far in the tournament and their goals have also come from all departments, as they have eight different scorers in the World Cup so far. Croatia will however be without their assistant manager Ognjen Vukojevic who was sacked after posting a politically charged video on social media. This will be the second time they send of a member of their team after they sent Nikola Kalinic after refusing to come on as a sub against Nigeria.

My Prediction

Both teams to score

Croatia 1-1 England

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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