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Croatia vs England

Competition – UEFA Nations League

Stadium – Stadion HNK Rijeka

Date: 12th October 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Croatia host England at the Stadion HNK Rijeka in a rematch that took place during the 2018 FIFA World Cup where Crotia knocked England out.

The Three Lions were eliminated from the World Cup at the semifinal stage by Croatia and they will be looking to get their revenge when they take to the field in this game.

These two teams come into this match as joint bottom of their Euro Nations League group after they were both beaten by Spain in their first game of the competition.

Croatia were thrashed 6-0 by Spain in their first game of this competition a few days after they were held to a draw by Portugal, so things have declined pretty fast for the World Cup finalists.

They however, still have the talents to challenge for Euro 2020 however they have to win this game in order to kick-start their Euro Nations League campaign.

England were beaten at home by Spain in their first Euro Nations League game and are now in need of a win before results get out of hand.

They face two games against Croatia and Spain in the next couple of days and defeats in those games would relegate them from this tier of the competition.

The World Cup clash between these two finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Croatia claiming an extra-time win.

Prior to the World Cup semi-final, England and Croatia faced each other seven times with four wins coming for England, one draw, and two Croatia victories.

This is one of the more interesting match-ups of the week and bookmakers are unsure what the outcome will be.

Croatia are currently very slight favourites to come out on top however the odds are so close England may be favourites by the off depending on which side punters take.

Goal markets suggest this will be a low-scoring affair as under 2.5 goals is trading odds-on.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Croatia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Spain 6-0 Croatia 11 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
D Portugal 1-1 Croatia 6 Sep, 2018 International Friendly
L France 4-2 Croatia 15 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Croatia 2-1 England 11 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Russia 2-2 Croatia 7 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup

England

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W England 1-0 Switzerland 11 Sep, 2018 International Friendly
L England 1-2 Spain 8 Sep, 2018 UEFA Nations League
L Belgium 2-0 England 14 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
L Croatia 2-1 England 11 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Sweden 0-2 England 7 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Croatia 2-1 England 11 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup

 

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