Croatia v England: Best bets for the World Cup semi-final
Our picks for tonight's massive game in Moscow cover the result, goals and an anytime goalscorer.
Croatia’s two knockout games have both gone to penalties, and an extra half an hour is again likely in this semi-final tie.
England saw off Sweden relatively comfortably on Saturday but needed 120 minutes and a shootout in the previous round to beat Colombia – a side of similar quality to Croatia.
That Zlatko Dalic’s side have not been at their best this summer but have still made it this far suggests they won’t be easily turned over by the Three Lions.
Both teams to score –
Croatia have scored in every game at this World Cup, including twice on Saturday.
They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches, conceding against Iceland, Denmark and Russia.
England have been dominant from set pieces throughout the tournament and should get on the scoresheet. Goals at the other end look likely, too, given that Gareth Southgate’s side have kept just one clean sheet so far.
John Stones to score -
Croatia let in a Mario Fernandes header from a free kick in their last game against Russia, and will struggle to keep out an England side that have been consistently dangerous from set pieces.
Stones grabbed two goals and an assist from set pieces in England's first two games of the tournament, and should be a threat again on Wednesday.
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