England v Croatia - UEFA Nations League
By DAVE ANDERSON, 18/11/2018.
The Premier League takes a backseat this weekend and so our attention turns to the UEFA Nations League and England's crucial match against Croatia at Wembley Stadium.
England v Croatia: Betting Odds
Check out the betting odds that online bookmakers are offering for an England win (H), a win for Croatia (A), or a draw (D). Use the ALL ODDS tab to view more bookmakers odds.
NB: Bookmakers betting odds for England v Croatia correct at the time this match preview went live and are subject to change. Last updated: 07:33 on 18/11/2018.
England v Croatia: Betting Offers
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England v Croatia will be broadcast live on SkySports at 14.00 on Sunday November 18th.
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England v Croatia: Betting Preview
After a 3-0 win over the USA, England will play the final match of the Group 4 qualifying stages of the UEFA Nations League this Sunday, when they'll host Croatia at Wembley Stadium.
Bookmakers offer England as favourites for this crucial fixture, and after the 0-0 draw in their last clash, England will be determined to beat the side that knocked them out World Cup 2018.
England may be favourites to win at most British Bookmakers, but Croatia are a strong side and could prove to be a challenge despite only having won twice in their last 5 fixtures.
Luckily Southgate doesn’t have too many injuries to worry about, and if England can play as well as they did against Spain, there's absolutely no reason why they can’t win this clash.
England come into their final Nations League Group fixture sitting in 2nd place in the table, just ahead of Croatia, after they secured a 3-2 victory against Spain in their last match.
England have won 2 of their last 3 International fixtures and are looking pretty good at the moment, however they'll really need beat Croatia on Sunday if they want to progress.
So far England have only won 1 of their 3 UEFA Nations League fixtures, and there is still the concern for Southgate that Croatia may just beat Spain ahead of Sunday’s clash.
As Croatia beat the Spaniards 3-2 on Thursday, England could top the group if they beat Croatia on Sunday, however if the game ends in a draw, Spain will finish as group winners.
A goalless draw would see England end the campaign in second place, with Croatia relegated.
A score draw on Sunday would see Croatia overtake England as they'll have scored more away goals in the fixtures between the two sides. England would then drop into the second tier.
Nations League A, Group 4
In the lead up to the match, we've taken a look at both team’s form, the player injuries managers have to contend with, and the stats from previous England v Croatia fixtures.
Luckily Southgate doesn’t have any major injury concerns, however both John Stones and Jordan Henderson have been ruled out after they were handed suspensions.
With a fully performing squad, England have the skill and capability to beat Croatia, and with so much to play for, it’s easy to see why bookmakers offer them as favourites to win on Sunday.
Since their success in reaching the 2018 World Cup Final, Croatia haven’t been performing to the same standards in recent matches, and have only won once in their last 5 fixtures.
Zlatko Dalic’s side have 2 key matches this week, and need to win both given that they are sitting at the bottom of Group 4, with just 1 point having not won either of their 2 fixtures.
Croatia still have to play Spain in Zagreb before they take on England, and if they lose that match, they could easily miss out on a place in the stage of the UEFA Nations League.
Luckily Dalic only has a couple of players that are likely to miss playing England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, with Pivaric and Brozovic both ruled out due to injury.
This is a key fixture for both sides. Not not only is a finalist spot up for grabs, but England are also still seeking their first victory against the team that ended their World Cup dreams.
Online bookmakers offer the home side as favourites to win the match, and on paper they should beat a side that have conceded 8 goals in just 3 UEFA Nations League fixtures!
England v Croatia: Stats
England and Croatia have played each other in 9 fixtures with England currently having the upper hand having won 4 of the matches compared to 3 wins for Croatia.
The last UEFA Nations League fixture between these two teams occurred just last month on the 12th of October with the match ending in a goalless draw at Stadion Rujevica in Rijeka.
The last 6 competitive matches involving both of these sides have resulted in 3 wins for Croatia, 2 wins for England and 1 of the encounters ending in a draw.
England have scored 12 goals against Croatia over those 6 games, while their opposition has put the ball in the back of England's net 9 times over the same period.
The last time England played Croatia in front of a home crowd was in 2009 when they won 5-1 with two goals each from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, and one from Wayne Rooney.
The biggest margin that Croatia have ever beaten England by was a European Championship Group match back in 2006 when they beat the Three Lions by 2 goals to nil in Zagreb.
The best score that England have ever beaten Croatia by was the 5-1 win in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium on the 9th of September back in 2009.
When looking at the stats for England's last 5 fixtures in all competitions, they've won 3, drawn 1, and lost 1, scoring a total of 8 goals (1.6 goals per game) and conceding just 4 times.
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Croatia's stats over their last 5 matches in all competitions is won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1. They've scored less goals than England have, 6 in total, and have conceded more (10).
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