Croatia vs England Today’s Soccer Prediction
It was in the penalty shootout that Croatia managed to survive the previous two stages. In the Round of 16, after a 1-1 draw with Denmark in regulation time and goalless equality in extra time, he saw his goalkeeper Subasic shine to secure the place in the quarterfinals.
The drama was even more intense against Russia. But, as so many times before, the guests’ defensive efforts got the best of it. The score of 1 to 1 was repeated in overtime, but with the reverse order of goals. The Croats scored first, but showed physical limitations to hold the result. Some of his top players were exhausted.
Even Subasic was not in his best conditioning. In the final minutes of regulation time he suffered a muscle injury. Survived the overtime and had a penalty hit without force by Smolov and with a shot outside the right-back Mario Fernandes to once again leave the stadium as a hero.
However, it is not yet known if it will be able to act on Wednesday. Everything will depend on performing tests that will determine the severity of the injury. If Subasic is banned for the match, the first option to replace him is Lovre Kalinic, who plays for Ghent, Belgium. The third goalkeeper is Dominik Livakovic, who plays for Dinamo Zagreb. None of them has the same level of performance of the holder. Thus, it is very likely that Subasic will be scaled even if it does not have the ideal conditions.The same happens with two other players considered key in the team. Midfielder Luca Modric and striker Mario Mandzukic. They were among the apparently more tired athletes at the end of the game against Russia. However, Croatia does not have athletes capable of entering their place without a technical loss. In this way, they should also be related among the holders.
Croatia’s squad for the 2018 World Cup was set with:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco-FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Ghent-BEL) and Dominik Livakovic (Dynamo Zagreb-CRO);
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv from Moscow-RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas-TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria-ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool-ING), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric of Kiev-UCR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen-ALE), and Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg-AUT);
Real Madrid-ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina-ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Internazionale-ITA) and Filip Bradaric (Rijeka-CRO), Luka Modric (Real Madrid-ESP), Ivan Rakitic );
Attackers: Mario Mandzukic (ITA), Ivan Perisic (ITA), Nikola Kalinic (Milan-ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim-ALE), Marko Pjaca (Schalke 04-ALE) and Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt-ALE ).
The England team also had to face a penalty shoot-out and penalty shootout at the World Cup. This happened in the Round of 16, when the game against Colombia ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a Colombian goal scored in the 48th minute of the second half.However, he had a better life in the quarter-finals when he dispatched Sweden 2-0 with no problem. The physical advantage is even greater. In the first phase, the titular team of England was used only twice. With wins over Tunisia (2 to 1) and Panama (6 to 1), some players have lost the game in defeat to Belgium (1 to 0).
This ‘saving’ can yield interest and monetary correction in the face of a much more worn out Croatia. The confrontation with the Swedes still showed a team with more options offensive besides Harry Kane. Top scorer of the World Cup with six goals scored, the Tottenham striker went blank for the first time in the World Cup in Russia – he did not play against France. Even so, the English have found other ways to put the ball in Sweden’s net.
The players of England enrolled in the World-wide are:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton-ING), Jack Butland (Stoke City-ING) and Nick Pope (Burnley-ING);
Defender: John Stones (Manchester City-ING), Gary Cahill (Chelsea-ING), Phil Jones (Manchester United-ING), Harry Maguire (Leicester City-ING), Kyle Walker (Liverpool-ING), Ashley Young (Manchester United-ING), Danny Rose (Tottenham-ING) and Kieran Trippier (Tottenham-ING);
Socks: Eric Dier (Tottenham-ING), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool-ING), Dele Alli (Tottenham-ING), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea-ING), Jesse Lingard -ING) and Fabian Delph (Manchester City-ING);
Attackers: Harry Kane (Tottenham-ING), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City-ING), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal-ING) and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United-ING).
Although technically Croatia are a good team and capable of beating England, the physical limitations presented by some of their top athletes make the English winning guess the best option for Wednesday’s semi-final match.
Prediction Today: England wins