By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 12th October 2018
England will make the long trip to the Stadion HNK Rijeka on Friday to face a top-quality Croatia side. Both sides tasted defeats in their last UEFA Nations League football fixtures and will have to graft if they are to break their winless streaks.
Croatia vs England: Odds and Predictions
Gareth Southgate’s men have been drawn as 17/10 favourites, with Croatia tipped as 13/8 underdogs and a draw trading at 11/5 in our Croatia vs England predictions.
The Three Lions have the opportunity to seal their journey to the Euros with a win away from home against fierce opposition.
They will need to be prolific in front of goal, and one man who has not wasted his chances is Marcus Rashford. Rashford has scored in consecutive England appearances for the first time. He’s netted as many goals in his last two games for England as he did in his previous 24 (two goals).
With his pace and skill on the counter, we’ve made the 20-year-old our pick to be the difference between the two sides, who is currently betting at 12/5 odds to score anytime against the Blazers.
But to write off the Croatians on home turf would be foolish. They possess an experienced midfield trio of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic who got the better of England in the World Cup semi-final clash between the two sides.
Any one of the trio could be in form and it would spell trouble for Southgate’s men, with Perisic leading the charge with odds of 7/1 to open the scoring.
Croatia vs England head-to-head: (most recent first) Croatia 2-1 England, Croatia 1-5 England, Croatia 1-4 England, Croatia 3-2 England, Croatia 2-0 England
Croatia vs England predictions: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: England to win 2-1, picked @ 9/1
Croatia might boast a more potent attacking line-up, but pre-match predictions are wagering in England’s favour.
England have won their last three away games in all competitions; the last time they achieved four wins in-a-row was back in September 2011.
With pace up front in Jesse Lingard and Rashford, they are well prepared to hit the ‘Vatreni’ on the counter.
With a betting market of 9/1, a 2-1 win would be the wisest odds to tip on in our Croatia vs England predictions.
Our William Hill traders have presented us with a second scenario as the penultimate installation of our Croatia vs England predictions, should the game sway in Croatia’s favour.
A safer forecast is a draw between the two sides, but there could be more than 2.5 goals scored in the game.
Croatia won their last meeting with England, in this year’s World Cup semi-final (2-1). They showcased an array of attacking talent and are more than capable of taking the game to the finish line on home turf.
Yet England’s midfield duo of Jordan Henderson and (potentially) Eric Dier have the makings to nullify this potent Croatia side.
We’ve chosen our betting tip of a hefty scoring draw at 12/1, should our first prediction of a 2-1 England win fail to occur.
Predicted goal scorer: Harry Kane to score first, tipped @ 7/2
England’s captain has failed to find the back of the net in each of his last five games; he’s only gone six without a goal on one previous occasion for England (June 2016 to September 2016).
Yet a scintillating start to the season in a Tottenham shirt where Kane netted five goals in eight appearances means that his goal-scoring threat up front should not be ignored.
His striking ability, coupled with good link-up play with fellow Spurs players Kyle Walker and Eric Dier makes him a firm favourite to be in the thick of the action.
The 25-year-old will provide an aerial threat against Croatia and our betting tipsters’ odds are projecting him to find the net first at 7/2 as a part of our Croatia vs England predictions.
Croatia vs England stats: Opta
- Croatia and England have met on eight previous occasions, with England winning half of those matches (D1 L3).
- Since their 2-1 victory against England at the World Cup, Croatia have failed to win any of their last three games (D1 L2).
- England have kept a clean sheet in each of their previous three away games – they last recorded four consecutive away shutouts during a seven-game run ending in October 1997.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.