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Betting Preview: Croatia v England: Back the Three Lions to avoid defeat

4:30 PM IST 10/07/18
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After cruising into the last four, the Three Lions will be looking to bolster their chances of nicking the diadem for the second time in their history

England go head to head with Croatia in the semi-final of the 2018 global football tournament at Stadion Luzhniki on Wednesday evening.

Gareth Southgate’s men cruised into the last four of the competition following a 2-0 win over Sweden, thanks to Harry Maguire and Dele Alli’s efforts.

The Three Lions were crowned the champions in the 1966 edition, their fifth appearance in the competition and are looking to repeat the feat but must first navigate their ways past the Blazers to bolster such dream.

The English are not unfamiliar with their opponent having met seven times with them, winning four of the meetings and are backed at (2.37) by Bet365 to continue the domination in this crunch encounter while (1.61) has been put up for them to progress to the final.

Zlatko Dalic’s men failed to claim victory within 90 minutes of action in their last two games, settling for stalemates – against Denmark and Russia, which makes the odds of (3.10) an interesting pick for a no-winner, no-vanquish situation after the full duration.

Croatia’s best performance in this tournament was in 1998 where they won the bronze medal after finishing in the third place.

However, they are aiming to surpass that achievement but will have to turn the table against the Three Lions - their only obstacle, to make the dream a reality, having been tagged as slight underdogs at odds of (3.50) while they are odds on at (2.30) to qualify for the final.

England are (1.30) not to taste defeat in this contest having only lost once in the on-going campaign and were on top in their previous two meetings with the Croatians.

Although the last five meetings between both sides produced 24 goals, only few goals [under 2.5] will likely surface in this all-important clash backed at (1.50) with Bet365.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.