England vs Croatia: Team Form
Both teams qualified for Euro 2020 after finishing top of their respective groups. England suffered just one defeat from their eight matches in Group A, scoring 37 goals in the process. The Three Lions have since made a 100% winning start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, with a 2-1 victory against Poland at Wembley being their last outing.
Croatia finished top of Group E, ahead of the likes of Wales, Slovakia and Hungary. Despite scoring just 17 goals in their campaign, their only defeat came away in Hungary. They have been beaten by the likes of Sweden, Portugal and Slovenia since then, demonstrating that Croatia are perhaps not the force they were in 2018.
Last 5 Match Results
- Belium 2-0 England
- England 4-0 Iceland
- England 5-0 San Marino
- Albania 0-2 England
- England 2-1 Poland
- Sweden 2-1 Croatia
- Croatia 2-3 Portugal
- Slovenia 1-0 Croatia
- Croatia 1-0 Cyprus
- Croatia 3-0 Malta
England vs Croatia: Team News
The core of England’s starting XI is already known by manager Southgate, with the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Declan Rice seeming guaranteed starters, fitness dependent. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish also give Southgate a selection headache in attacking positions.
Croatia will turn to the experience of Luka Modric, Dejan Lovren and Ivan Rakitic, while Ivan Perisic scored against England at the World Cup in 2018. Attack will potentially be an area of concern for Head Coach Zlatko Dalić, with Ante Rebic and Andrej Kramarić having never been prolific at international level. In his last squad, Dalić selected just two players under the age of 24, demonstrating the experience in which Croatia have.
Head to Head: England vs Croatia
A Mario Mandzukic goal in extra time meant that it was Croatia, not England, who made it through to the 2018 World Cup Final. The two countries were then drawn together in the UEFA Nations League in 2018. The match in Croatia ended goalless, however England ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture. In all, England has won 5 of their 10 previous meetings with Croatia, drawing two.
England vs Croatia Betting Odds
England are the favourites with the bookies to make a winning start to their Euro 2020 campaign. 888Sport, Betfair, Betfred and 10Bet all offer Southgate’s men odds of 4/5. Those looking to back Croatia can do so at best odds of 7/2 at Paddy Power, while a draw is priced at 12/5 on a host of betting sites. Closer to kick-off, it could also be worth checking out the odds on Harry Kane to score anytime during the 90 minutes.
Our England vs Croatia Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for the Group D clash between England and Croatia is to bet on the half time scoreline being a draw. This market is available at odds of 21/20 with Bet365. Opening matches between the two group favourites are notoriously cagy affairs. As a result, it could well be that it takes both teams some time to get into top gear.