Having failed to find the net for the first time at the World Cup in England’s victory over Sweden, Harry Kane will be eager to return to form against Croatia in Wednesday’s semi-final clash.
The Three Lions captain leads the scoring charts in Russia with six goals from just four matches, and is bet365’s 10/3 (4.33) favourite to break the deadlock at the Luzhniki Stadium.
With 14 goals to his name in the last 11 internationals, Kane is surely well worth the 6/5 (2.20) anytime price against a defence that has conceded at least once in each of the last three games.
Captain Kane to lead by example
The Tottenham striker is the undisputed focal point of Gareth Southgate’s attack, with defender John Stones the only other team member to have scored more than once so far in the tournament.
Raheem Sterling is yet to even open his account after missing a couple of presentable chances against Sweden, and is a much longer 3/1 (4.00) shot to do so in this clash.
In contrast, Zlatko Dalic’s team has been sharing the goals out fairly evenly, with main striker Mario Mandzukic having hit the back of the net just once so far.
Options for Croatia
Luka Modric is actually the Vatreni’s top scorer with two goals from five matches, and his set pieces responsibilities could make 5/1 (6.00) anytime odds prove fruitful.
Otherwise, the more attacking duo of Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic are also more than capable of doubling their own one-goal tallies for the tournament, and can both be backed at 15/4 (4.75).
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.