England vs. Croatia Match Info & Start Time
England vs. Croatia
Date: Friday, June 12
Start Time: 9 a.m. ET
Venue: Wembley Stadium — London, England
England vs. Croatia Spread & Odds
Moneyline: England: (-160) | Croatia: (+480) | Draw (+270)
Spread: England: -1 (+195) | Croatia +1 (+125)
All Euro 2020 betting lines, odds, and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
England vs. Croatia Predictions & Picks
- Draw (+270)
- Over 2.5 Goals (+132)
England vs. Croatia News, Analysis, and Picks
The weight of an empire weighs heavy on England once again as they emerge as tournament favorites. The impressive firepower in the England camp ensures they should be able to score with the best. Spurs skipper Harry Kane, who led all goalscorers in qualifying, will likely be flanked by Man City’s Raheem Sterling and Dortmund wonder kid Jadon Sancho. A formidable trio supported by the likes of Villa’s talisman Jack Grealish. But with all the firepower and even more hype, will England finally bridge the gap between expectations and results?
Failure on the big stage has been and remains England’s Achilles heel. With zero European cups and just one World cup, these tournaments have a way of exposing England’s frailties. The visiting Croatian side will not be phased by coming to a quarter capacity Wembley.
It was only three years ago when underdogs Croatia broke English hearts in the World cup semi-final in extra time defensive sloppiness. Madrid’s Luka Modric and Internazionale’s Perisic are in the squad again this term. They will be keen on breaching England’s lines once again, with England still looking cumbersome defensively as Manchester United’s Harry Maguire’s recent form and fitness are raising concerns.
Picking out the intricate runs through the middle of Modric will be no easy task for the England center backs. Suppose England manager Gareth Southgate tries to emulate Liverpool and Man City success using marauding wing-backs like Alexander-Arnold and Luke Shaw. In that case, he runs the risk of trusting Harry Maguire to man-mark Modric. Not exactly an ideal situation.
The recent history of the two clubs serves up another warning to the England faithful. Croatia has won two of their past three meetings and has outscored England 7-6. Having lost only one game in qualifying, Croatia will have confidence facing the tournament favorites regardless of how they line up.
With frailties and concerns in both camps defensively and Englands’ lust for attacking football at Wembley, offensive fireworks could be in the cards. The joyous return of fans to Wembley and the high octane attack on offer makes this one of the fixtures to watch in week one.
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