The two top teams of Group D, England and Croatia will meet in the first round of the Euro2020 this Sunday, the 13th of June. Both teams have great plans ahead of the tournament, but first they need to perform well in the group stage. Gareth Southgate’s team is favored to win the game at home according to the England v Croatia betting predictions. But surely it won’t be an easy task against the 2018 World Cup runners-up.
England and Croatia met each other in the last World Cup’s semi-final in Russia. Where the Croatian team won 2-1 after extra time and got to the final for the first time in its history. Since then a lot of things have changed at the team, with several members retiring. Like Mario Mandzukic or former Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic. But their squad is still strong with players such as Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic or Ivan Perisic. While in the English team we find mostly the same players with some new additions. Though the injuries of some key players like Harry Maguire or Trent Alexander-Arnold can be a disadvantage, the team still seems to have enough talent to perform well in the tournament.
England v Croatia betting predictions expect English victory
The first round game between England and Croatia is held this Sunday at Wembley Stadium. Everyone including online sportsbooks in the UK expect English victory which has the odds of 1.66. The Three Lions really seem like the stronger side this time. As they won all of their World Cup qualifiers against the teams of San Marino, Albania and Poland. But they also lost against Belgium and Denmark in last year’s Nations League. Which highlighted that not everything is perfect with their play. England has a great squad though with lots of talented players from Mason Mount to Phil Foden. Along with well-experienced players like Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson.
While we can find the best players in the front with Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling. And of course, the captain, Harry Kane who has the smallest odds, 4.00 to score the first goal in the England v Croatia betting predictions. The Tottenham player has already scored 34 goals in his 54 appearances in the team. Including two goals in his last four matches. If you check the England v Croatia betting tips, you can also discover that Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has the second smallest odds, 2.30 to score during the game.
A surprise result is not likely according to the England v Croatia odds
Even though Croatia have beaten England in the last World Cup, their odds to win now are quite high, 5.50 on bet365. The main reason for that is their poor recent form after losing 5 games in the Nations League. And also their first World Cup qualifier against Slovenia this March. The team also lost their last friendly match against Belgium 1-0, though they had a chance to equalize in the second half. Now Zlatko Dalic has to try to motivate his team for a much better opening performance against the home side.
Croatia are not totally hopeless as they still have great players in the squad. The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric has been in top form all season and can lead his team. Along with Milan forward Ante Rebic, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic and Champions League winner Mateo Kovacic. Even a draw would be a satisfactory result for the team which has the odds of 3.60 by online gambling sites in the UK. As the team still look stronger than their rivals in the group, Scotland and the Czech Republic. One thing we can hope for is that the England v Croatia game will be an entertaining one like all their previous meetings. And if you’d like to bet on this England v Croatia game, just visit bet365 for more options.