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England v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th November 2018

European Football
England v Croatia Betting Tips - Nations League, 18th November 2.00pm Out of nowhere England have a massive chance now to win their Nations League group and put themselves through to the Finals. That is because of the back to back losses Spain have suffered in the group. England now have to beat Croatia at Wembley to pull off the unexpected. Read our predictions for England v Croatia.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 5/6 Draw 5/2 Croatia 10/3 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 14th, 2018 at 11:56 p.m.) <br> [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] <br> <br> [toc heading_levels="2"]

England News and Form

England will top group A4 of the Nations League if they beat Croatia on Sunday. If they draw 0-0 then Spain win the group and England finish second If England v Croatia is a score draw, England will be relegated If England lose they will be relegated The Three Lions are W3 D1 in their last four games after a 3-0 friendly win over the USA on Thursday. In their last competitive game, they took a surprise away win at Spain in the Nations League. England have scored exactly three goals in each of their last two games. Three of their last five games have gone over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). The Three Lions have taken a clean sheet in three of their last four fixtures. England lost their one home game in the Nations League 1-2 against Spain. Harry Kane was rested against the USA and is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm) Marcus Rashford has scored in two of England’s three Nations League games.

England v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between England and Croatia this year Croatia took a 2-1 win over England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final (AET) England are unbeaten in their last four against Croatia (90 minutes) Four of the last five meetings have made it over 2.5 goals (including AET) Five of the previous nine have gone over the goal line (including AET) England are W4 D3 L2 in the head to head against Croatia

Croatia News and Form

Croatia produce a surprise 3-2 home win over Spain on Thursday to leave the group wide open. Croatia would win the group with a victory. A score draw is enough for them not to be relegated. Croatia have won their last two games (a friendly against Jordan and the Nations League win over Spain), both by a one-goal margin They are W2 D2 L1 in their last five Croatia to win by a one-goal margin is at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Since their World Cup meeting earlier in the year with England, Croatia have had Mario Mandzukic, Vedran Ćorluka and Danijel Subasic all retire. Croatia’s only two defeats in their last thirteen happened in the World Cup Final against France and against Spain in the Nations League. Croatia have conceded in eight of their last ten fixtures. Both teams to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

England v Croatia Predictions

England to win: The home factor could be all important for getting England going in this one. They don’t have anything to fear and a bit of revenge for that World Cup semi-final loss could into play as well. England to win.
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Croatia v Spain Predictions & Betting Odds – 15th November 2018

European Football
Croatia v Spain Betting Tips - Nations League, 15th November 7.45pm Group A4 in the Nations League got a little interesting thanks to England taking a surprise victory away at Spain in the last round of action. If Croatia could also take down the Spaniards it would leave things wide open in an exciting climax. Spain though would clinch the group win with a victory, putting it all to bed. Read our predictions for Croatia v Spain.

Croatia v Spain Betting Odds*

Spain even money Draw 23/10 Croatia 11/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 15th, 2018 at 9:23 pm p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Croatia News and Form

Despite the outcome in this game, all's not lost for Croatia. As long as they beat England in their final group stage match, they will avoid relegation from the group, leaving England to take the drop. That will be because of a superior head to head between the two. Croatia have one point from their two group games so, a draw against England. The Croatians have produced a W1 D2 L1 record in their last four games, failing to score in two of their last three. Croatia have won just one of their last eight games over 90 minutes (D5 L2) Five of their last seven games have gone over 2.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals is at 11/10 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm) Their one home game so far saw them play out a 0-0 draw against England It leaves them with no goals and six conceded in the group so far. They have failed to score in three of their last five games against Spain Both teams NOT to score is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm)

Croatia v Spain Head to Head

Spain crushed Croatia 6-0 in the first Nations League Meeting in September Croatia beat Spain 2-1 at Euro 2016 Spain lead the overall head to head W4 D1 L2 Croatia have only ever played one home fixture against Spain a 2000 0-0 draw Both teams have scored in four of the previous seven clashes

Spain News and Form

Spain slipped to a surprise 2-3 home loss against England in their last match. That loss against the Three Lions snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on Spain's have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games. The Spaniards have averaged 3.5 goals per game over their last four fixtures. A Spain 2-0 correct score option is at 8/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm) Spain will have an unassailable lead at the top of A4 if they collect maximum points in this one A draw would leave England needing to beat Croatia by more than six goals for Spain not to win the group. Spain’s two home games have yielded the loss against England and a 6-0 win over Croatia. Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo and Saul are the joint top scorers for Spain in the Nations League with two each. The Spaniards have conceded the opening goal in two of their three Nations League games. Spain have only the one clean sheet in their last six games played. The option on Spain to win to nil is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on November 11th, 2018 at 9:33 pm)

Croatia v Spain Predictions

Spain to win: The result against England was a bit of a blip and we can only predict that the Spaniards are going to bounce back immediately and get the win here. It is highly unlikely that it will be by another big margin though. Still, away win.
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Croatia v England Predictions & Betting Odds – 12th October 2018

European Football
Croatia v England Betting Tips - UEFA Nations League, 12th October 7.45pm If there is a loser in this pressure-game in the group, then that team will be favourite to suffer relegation. These two have already lost against Spain who look a lock to win the group from here. So this is a battle to avoid relegation realistically and not much else. Croatia had the upper hand when they met in the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, can England produce better against them this time around? Read our predictions for Croatia v England.

Croatia v England Betting Odds*

Croatia 13/8 England 7/4 Draw 21/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.)
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Croatia News and Form

Not many punters would have seen the drubbing that was handed out to Croatia by Spain. The Spaniards ran rampant in a 6-0 win over the Croatians. So immediately now, the 2018 World Cup runners-up are in a big deficit in the group. Before that defeat against Spain, they had played out a friendly draw against Portugal. Even though they had that deep run at the World Cup, Croatia are actually D4 L2 in their last six games (over 90 minutes). They certainly aren’t in winning form. With that in mind a 1-1 draw in the correct score market looks a decent place to start for this one at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.). In their semi-final clash with England at the World Cup, Croatia were easily the better side, their midfield creativity of Luka Modric being the stand-out difference. England badly need someone of that quality. England are W4 L2 with the two draws (over 90 minutes) in their head to head history against Croatia. The last win in 90 minutes that Croatia took over England was back in the Euro 2008 qualifiers when they took a 3-2 away win. Both teams to score is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.) and Croatia have no clean sheet in seven.

England News and Form

England have struggled at the back since the end of World Cup qualifying, but they banked a 1-0 win over Switzerland in their last game, an international friendly. But that was a really dull, non-event in which both sides made plenty of changes. England suffered a loss against Spain in their first Nations League game so this is a battle to stay off the bottom of the group against Croatia. The Three Lions are W2 D2 L3 in their last seven games (90 minutes) of action. So much like their opponents, they are not in great winning form. Harry Kane anytime goalscorer market favourite. However it is Marcus Rashford who has scored England’s last two goals and the Manchester United man is at 2/1 to net anytime* (Betting Odds were taken from October 8th, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.). There are plenty of new faces in the squad which Gareth Southgate has called upon. Borussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho get his chance along with James Maddison and Mason Mount. Other uncapped players in the squad are Marcus Bettinelli, Alex McCarthy and Nathaniel Chalobah. Lewis Dunk gets a first squad place because of injury to James Tarkowski. Chelsea’s Ross Barkley has earned himself a recall. This is a young England squad still, under 24 years of age on average. The big question about England is over their ability to beat better sides. They failed to do so at the World Cup and it’s been a while since they knocked off a top nation.

Croatia v England Predictions

Draw: The issue for England here is that they are on the road in a tough competitive match and they may be happy enough to settle for a point. That would at least get them up and running in the group and it could be a good workout in defensive discipline before meeting Spain again. Draw.
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Spain v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th September 2018

Football Betting
Spain v Croatia Betting Tips - Nations League, 11th September 7.45pm We are clearly going to see a new Spain under new head coach Luis Enrique. They are moving away from their endless passing and are going positive, quick and direct. There was plenty of evidence of that at Wembley on the weekend as they beat England in their Nations League opener. Croatia played out a draw in Portugal last week as a warm-up for their first action in this tournament. Read our predictions for Spain v Croatia.

Spain News and Form

Spain produced a very good performance against England on Saturday at Wembley. They are moving forward to a totally new era with Luis Enrique in charge. With some of the old guard from their golden generation like Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta gone, they are throwing out the tika-taka stuff. Against England, Spain were just direct, powerful and very positive and the Three Lions really had no answer in how to handle them either. So the Red Fury head back to home soil now and Spain to win to nil is at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.) and that is a strong Spain v Croatia prediction we feel. Spain tumbled from the 2018 World Cup in the round of sixteen, following a shock elimination in a penalty shootout against Russia. However, they are undefeated since their Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Italy over 90 minutes. So they are still no push however and with a clear intent to just play more direct stuff then, carrying that extra threat that could push them back to being top of their game. This is a decent Croatia side that they will face here though and in the Paddy Power correct score market the Spain 1-0 option is at 4/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).

Croatia News and Form

Croatia picked up a draw against reigning European champions Portugal in a friendly on September 6th. Ivan Perisic had opened the scoring for the Croatians. To be fair they didn’t create a lot offensively in the match though. Croatia have posted a D4 L1 record in their last five games now (90 minutes). They have not been particularly great at the back either because they have conceded in each of their last six games as well, so there are vulnerabilities there which the Spaniards can attack. This will be Croatia's first competitive match since their loss to France in the World Cup 2018 Final. However, their defeat in the World Cup final is the only loss that Croatia have suffered since early June when Brazil got the better of them in a friendly. They have also hit the back of the net in each of their last nine games too. But if you take out the World Cup then Croatia have only scored one goal in their last four road games. So before the World Cup, they weren't doing great out on the road. We are going to take a note of that and for our Spain v Croatia predictions look under 2.5 goals at 11/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).

Spain v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Croatia and Spain since their meeting at Euro 2016 when Croatia landed a 2-1 success. The Spaniards lead 3-2 though in the overall head to head between two nations with the one drawn match in there. In four of the five wins that have appeared in this fixture, the winner has scored at least two goals.

Spain v Croatia Betting Odds*

Spain 4/6 Draw 5/2 Croatia 7/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="paddy-power"]

Spain v Croatia Predictions

Spain to win: Spain weren’t perfect against England but they were head and shoulders still above the Three Lions. They looked a totally different beast to the Spain we saw at the World Cup. We have to back them on home soil to come through with the victory.
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Portugal v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – 6th September 2018

European Football
Portugal v Croatia Betting Tips - International Friendly, 6th September 7.45pm Croatia put on a tremendous show over the summer as they finished runners-up at the 2018 World Cup. That was an unexpected run from them and along the way, they beat England in the semi finals. They will meet up with England in the upcoming UEFA Nations League. Before that, they get to test themselves in a friendly against the reigning European champions Portugal. This should be a very interesting friendly. Read our predictions for Portugal v Croatia.

Portugal News and Form

Portugal made it through to the round of sixteen at the 2018 World Cup but there were stopped in their tracks there by Uruguay. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the tournament in great style in a 3-3 draw with Spain but then his influence rapidly faded away. Ronaldo hasn’t been called up for this current squad for this game and their game against Italy in the Nations League on Monday, September 10th. So this will be a test for them without him, who they have naturally relied on so heavily for goals. With twelve international goals, Andre Silva is the only player in the current squad to have made it to double figures for Portugal. Portugal are actually only W3 D5 L2 in their last ten games, so not exactly the form of European Champions. Because this is just a friendly, a type of game which rarely produces exciting 90 minutes of action, so under 2.5 goals is at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.). Three of the four previous games between Portugal and Croatia have ended under that goal line so there is a trend there. Portugal are only W2 D2 L1 in their last five international friendly matches, failing to score in two of their last three.

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have raised the bar for themselves and now have to live up to the status of being a World Cup runner-up. Can they sustain that kind of standard or was that just one of those tournaments where everything just came together for them? They did win all three of their group stage matches, but they drew their three knockout stage games ahead of the Final, edging success through two penalty shoot-outs and an extra time win over England in the semi finals. What that basically says is that there are vulnerabilities there in their defence and Croatia don't have a clean sheet in any of their last five games. In their last four international friendly matches, they have alternated between a loss and a win, both defeats 2-0 losses actually. In the William Hill correct score market the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.).

Portugal v Croatia Head to Head

This will be the fifth meeting between the two nations. Portugal holds a W3 D1 record from those four previous games. Both teams have NOT scored in each of those four previous games between the two nations so there is a trend. The most recent meeting was at Euro 2016 when Portugal struck a 1-0 win in extra time in the round of sixteen.

Portugal v Croatia Betting Odds*

Portugal 11/8 Croatia 19/10 Draw 2/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from William Hill on September 2nd, 2018 at 10:20 p.m.) [bbutton bookmaker="William-hill"]

Portugal v Croatia Predictions

Draw: We can’t avoid looking at the draw option in the match outright in games like this. Neither are going to be going great-guns at it, of course, there’s no need to. It’s just a warm up and potentially a chance to look at team selection ahead of the Nations League. Draw.
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France v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

France v Croatia- World Cup 2018
France v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 15th July - 4.00 p.m The showcase match of the 2018 World Cup will be contested on Sunday, a showdown of France v Croatia for the title of World Champions. France are looking for their second World Cup title while the Croatians will be hoping to make the most of this first ever trip to a World Cup Final. Their respective routes through the knockout phase were vastly different with Croatia having done things the hard way. Will they be able to rouse themselves for one last effort as they take on Les Bleus who are favourites to win the World Cup Final 2018?

France News and Form

You can’t really find any fault with the form of France even though their performances haven’t always been spectacular. In their last seventeen games played they have lost just once (W12 D4) and they are currently running on a ten-match undefeated streak. Looking at things realistically, they had a much tougher knockout stage campaign in front of them than Croatia did, but of the two, France were actually the more comfortable. So that says a lot about them. France opened the knockout stage with a 4-3 win over Argentina and then totally shut out Uruguay and Belgium in the subsequent rounds of action. While they flourished against a poor Argentina defence Les Bleus had to be patient in cracking open Uruguay's tight back line. But then the fact that totally shut out the free-scoring Belgium in the semi finals was perhaps their stand out performance of the knockout phase. France have taken four clean sheets in their last five games played now and France to win to nil in Sunday's Final is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia World Cup Final 2018 Infographic

While they looked clinical getting forward against Argentina, albeit not bossing possession in that game, France were more pragmatic against Uruguay and Belgium. To be fair we haven’t seen a great deal of attacking flair from the French apart from the odd spell here and there. But the substance they have had and control in midfield has been good and that was evident in blanking Belgium in that semi final match up, especially with Belgian having torn apart Brazil in their previous game. Antoine Griezmann is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). The French have scored in 14 of their last 15 games and will be expected to find a way through Croatia. They have just produced strong tournament football to get the jobs completed that have been put in front of them. They haven’t had to go through a trial of extra time like Croatia have done and with a day’s extra rest will be the fresher of the two. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have needed extra time in all three of their knockout stage matches at the 2018 World Cup and all that up and that’s the equivalent of them having played an extra knockout stage game. They carded penalty shootout wins over Denmark and then Russia before going up against England in the semi-finals. That was Croatia’s second semi-final appearance and this time they made no mistake, despite having to come from behind as they had to do against Denmark and Russia, to get their rewards. Mario Mandzukic settled the tie in the second period of extra time. Again, they had to come from behind in each of those matches as well, all three of which ended 1-1 at 90 minutes. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a France 1-0 at 9/2 while the 1-1 draw is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.). Croatia are having a golden generation show at the moment and while they have really been pushed to their physical and mental limits, they have not been broken and indeed produced more stamina than expected against England. After looking so tired in extra time against Russia in the previous round, the general thought was that they wouldn't have the steam in the tank to outlast England in the semi-finals. It wasn’t true as Croatia grew in stature and strength in the second half of that contest. They showed tremendous strength and sprinting to keep on going and with Luka Modric again the star of the show for them he looks a very strong Golden Ball candidate. Croatia are unbeaten in seven games now (W4 D3) which includes extra time and they have scored in each of their last seven games, netting at least two in six of those seven games. So they haven’t been shy in front of goal but in context of the overall quality they have faced in the knockout stage, France are head and shoulders, the best team that they have faced. France are so well organised at the back under 1.5 goals is at 11/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.).

France v Croatia Head to Head

France and Croatia have met five times before with France holding a W3 D2 record against the Croats. Actually, their first ever coming together was at the 1998 World Cup, a game with France won on their way to lifting the title. Their most recent meeting was a 2011 friendly which ended in a draw and the last two meetings have been tied.

France v Croatia Betting Odds*

France 19/20 Draw 23/10 Croatia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 12th July 2018 at 6:12 p.m.)

France v Croatia Predictions

We have to side with the French in this one and are going to do so with a France to win by a one-goal margin. They have been so strong at the back and should be able to handle themselves against the Croatians who surely have to run out of steam at some point. France have the better of the two benches and can land the title.  
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World Cup 2018 Final Prediction & Betting Odds

World Cup 2018 Betting
World Cup 2018 Final Preview - July 15th, 2018 The World Cup 2018 Final will be contested between France and Croatia on Sunday, July 15th. France did a magnificent job of containing the threat of Belgium in their semi-final duel, while Croatia once again couldn't settle a knockout tie in regulation time, but they managed to squeeze their way past England to make their first ever World Cup Final. It is France who are the 19/20 favourites* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018) to win outright in Moscow.

France v Croatia Winner Odds*

France 19/20 Draw 9/4 Croatia 7/2

France living up to expectations

Les Bleus were one of the pre-tournament frontrunners and while they have seen their main rivals all drop away, they have stuck in there, persisted and have gotten the job done. Really France didn’t look any kind of a threat through the group stage but they have shown some tremendous character throughout the knockout stages of the tournament so far. They had tough South American opposition in Argentina and Uruguay to deal with in the round of sixteen and quarter finals respectively and France found ways to win them. They need a show of attacking power to get past the Albiceleste first, while they just needed to show their strength, patience and control to see off Uruguay. That threw them into a semi-final match up against the dangerous Belgium side who had dispatched Brazil so convincingly at the quarter-final stage. But France’s defence in that game was just immense and not just across the back line but in the middle of the park where Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante took full control of the game. They totally shut down the threat of Belgium and while the scoreline was just a 1-0 for Les Bleus, it was a strong performance.

France v Croatia World Cup Final 2018 Infographic

We don’t predict many goals flying around the final here because of the strengths that France are showing at the moment and France to win to nil is at 7/4 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018). France have now conceded in just one of their last five games at the tournament so that makes sense. The longer the tournament has gone on, the more the strengths of France have shown through. They are in just their third World Cup Final now, looking to add to their success of 1998 on home soil against Brazil. They were in the 2006 final but lost to Germany. Even though at times they have looked as if they are struggling for form, that is back to back finals at major tournaments now for France after finishing as runners-up at Euro 2016.

Gutsy Croatia make first final

Croatia have certainly done things the hard way at this tournament. At least in the knockout stage of the event. While they were comfortable in the group stage winning all three matches there, it has been a tale of nail-biting nerves for the Croats in the knockout stage. Like France, they have taken a win over Argentina at this tournament, beating the South Americans early in the group stage. But their winning touch deserted them in the knockout stages as each of their three games saw them taken to extra time. They had to come from behind against both Denmark and then Russia in the round of sixteen and quarter finals respectively to progress. The Croats rode their luck and prevailed in a penalty shootout in both of those. They again had to come from behind against England in the semi-final and again took the tie to extra time, where Mario Mandzukic settled proceedings. But total that up and that is a whole extra 90 minutes they have played at Russia 2018. It was expected that all the physical exertion was going to take its toll on them against England, but the truth is, they were the stronger of the two sides in the second half of that game, as it was England’s legs which went first. This is now their best ever effort at a World Cup and have now competed two semi-final ties in their five previous appearances at the tournament as an independent nation. That’s some feat. We believe that under 2.5 goals has to be the way to go and that is a 4/9 odds option at bet365* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018).

Form

France are undefeated in their last ten games now, winning eight of those. So they are in impressive form and since late August last year, they have lost just one fixture, that being a friendly against Colombia back in March. France are W12 D4 L1 since the end of August. They have collected five clean sheets in their last six games as well and have conceded more than one goal in just one of their last ten games. France have failed to score in just one of their last fourteen games. Croatia have lost just the two games since early September last year in a positive W8 D4 L2 record (over 90 minutes). The one thing that is surprising about them is the clean sheets have been deserting them as they have just two in their last seven games now. So they haven’t been quite as strong at the back as expected. They have scored in each of their last seven games now though.

France v Croatia Head to head

There have been five previous games between the two nations and France are undefeated against the Croats, winning three and drawing two. The last two have both been drawn. Their first ever meeting was a World Cup match back in 1998 as France took a 2-1 win on their way to the title. Their only other competitive meeting was a Euro 2004 clash which ended in a 2-2 draw. France have three clean sheets in five against the Croats.

Prediction

We see France getting over the line in this one in the regulation time. Their defence has been so strong in the last two rounds and with an extra day of rest and not having had to deal with an extra time at the tournament, Les Bleus will be fresher. Croatia have shown tremendous grit and never-say-die attitude through the knockout stage but we think that they will come up short. A France 1-0 correct score option at bet365 appeals at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:57 pm on July 11th, 2018).
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World Cup Final 2018 Betting – Trends & Odds

France - Croatia
The final of the 2018 World Cup will be contested on Sunday as France v Croatia betting is the final stop on the summer tournament. Who will be crowned champions? Will it be France winning it for the second time in their career after a comfortable ride in the knockout stages. Or will it be underdogs Croatia? The Croats have faced some tough situations in the knockout stages to reach their first ever World Cup Final. Who has enough on the day to get over the line? Here were take a look at Trends for your World Cup Final 2018 betting

France v Croatia Winner Odds*

France 10/11 Draw 23/10 Croatia 4/1 * (betting odds were taken from July 12th, 2018 at 10:37 pm)

Under/Over 2.5 Goals

You would have to side with a low scoring game cropping up between these two. All but one of the last seven World Cup Finals have finished under the goal line so that is a pretty big trend to ride. More often than not the weight of the occasion imitates natural risk that teams would normally take. You can take that a little further as well because you will see that four of the last seven World Cup Finals have actually produced one goal or less in them. Something that adds to the likelihood of this being a low scoring World Cup Final is the fact that all three of Croatia’s knockout stage matches were under 2.5 goals at 90 minutes and two of France’s three went that way as well.

France v Croatia To Lift The Trophy Odds*

France 4/9 Croatia 7/4 * (betting odds were taken from July 12th, 2018 at 10:37 pm)

Both Teams To Score

The trend is to go with this not happening in the World cup Final. Just once since Italia '90 have both teams scored in a World Cup Final (seven matches) so history, at least recent history of World Cup Finals would suggest that Both Teams NOT To Score would be the way to go which is at 6/11 with Sportingbet* (betting odds were taken from July 12th, 2018 at 10:37 pm). France have taken four clean sheets in six games at Russia 2018.

Extra Time

There has been a trend of extra time as well in World Cup Finals as each of the last three editions have needed a further 30 minutes to settle the occasion. The last two have been settled in extra time with Spain beating the Netherlands in 2010 and Germany getting past Argentina four years later. You can back Extra Time happening at 9/4 with Sportingbet* (betting odds were taken from July 12th, 2018 at 10:37 pm). Just two of the last six World Cup Finals have been settled in 90 minutes, one of those being France’s win over Brazil in 1998.

Semi Final Stadium

Interestingly, it has not been all that often that the venue of the final has also hosted a semi-final at the same tournament. This happened this year with the Croatia v England game being hosted in Moscow. Of the eight times that this has previously happened, the winner of the semi-final which was hosted at the same venue as the Final itself, went on to lift the trophy. So take that for what it’s worth, but that leans towards Croatia.

First Time Winners

What about how teams get on in their first ever World Cup Final? Well, France won their first ever World Cup Final appearance back in 1998 and then Spain in 2010 also lifted the title in their first ever World Cup Final. Germany did it in 1954, Italy did it in 1934, Uruguay did it in 1930 and England won it in 1966. So six of the eight previous World Cup winners got their first title on the board at the first time of asking. The only ones not to do it was Brazil, who won it on their second attempt in 1958 and Argentina who also won it at the second attempt. Again perhaps, more good news for Croatia.

Extra Time Extra Burden

Croatia had to get through the extra time in each of their knockout stage matches and they are not the first side to ever do that. They are the fourth team to progress through the knockout phase without settling a match in 90 minutes to get to the Final. The downside of that is none of the other three who managed to do that went on to win the Final that year.

All European Finals

A European nation taking on a European nation in the final of the World Cup is nothing new. The first time it happened though was in the second edition when Italy beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 after extra time. This will be the seventh occasion of UEFA v UEFA in the World Cup Final and the first since Italy v West Germany in 1982. Of those all-European meetings, both teams scored in 90 minutes in each of them five of the six went over 2.5 goals.
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England v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England - Croatia
England v Croatia Betting Prediction - World Cup 2018 11th July - 7.00 p.m England have exceeded expectations and have booked their place in the final four of the 2018 World Cup. If they were to get through this semi-final challenge now against Croatia England would be celebrating just their second ever World Cup Final appearance. Standing in their way is the technically strong Croatia who have really lived up to their pre-tournament billing of a dark horse. But they only survived again through another penalty shoot-out as they took down host nation Russia in the quarter finals. Our England v Croatia predictions expect a tight scrap.

England News and Form

It has been pretty exciting and fun to have watched England at this World Cup. Their game against Colombia in the round of sixteen was tense and physical, but they got through. Things were a little more sedate and comfortable for England in the quarterfinals as they held themselves together in Samara to collect a 2-0 win over Sweden. After the ups and downs of the game against Colombia, England’s young players performed really well with some composure against Sweden. Granted the quality levels aren’t quite there, but they make up for the lack of that with commitment, determination and energy. Their midfield will likely come under pressure in this one though because that is where Croatia will have a definite advantage over the Three Lions. There have been so many positives from the performances of the Three Lions and can they continue it to get to that World Cup Final? In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1 with an England 1-0 at 11/2* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.). Of them, the draw is tempting.

Croatia v England 2018 Infographic

England were thankful on three notable occasions to Jordan Pickford in their game against Sweden and boss Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the England defenders can see him get a little less action in this one. Pickford thought was outstanding in that game. The clean sheet that he got against Sweden was England’s first of the tournament and it made Pickford the youngest ever England keeper to bank a clean sheet at World cup. Harry Kane didn’t get much of a look in against Sweden, looking a bit gassed at times, but he is still well on course for the Golden Boot and he is the 10/3 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.) for this one. That’s eleven goals in their five games at the tournament so far, the only previous World Cup edition in which England reached that tally was in 1966. The Three Lions have found the back of the net with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the World Cup, so are certainly clinical when those chances come along. England are now at W4 D1 L1 in their last six games and they have lost just one of their last fifteen. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

It has been a pretty intense run in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup for Croatia who once again had to rely on a penalty shootout to get through. After needing penalties to get past Denmark in the round of sixteen (a game in which Croatia were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes) they had to rely on them again to get past Russia. The host nation continued to defy the poor status they had ahead of the tournament and pushed Croatia hard. Why this is important is that it is not only two extra 30 minute periods that Croatia have now played, but they have had all that extra emotional stress of penalty shoot-outs. Will that take its toll on them as they face up to an energetic England side on Wednesday? Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on July 8th, 2018 at 7:56 pm) as this is a World Cup semi-final. Croatia were fantastic in the group stage, but they haven’t replicated that in the knockout phase yet. There has been a lack of commanding authority from them in the knockouts, despite the strength and quality that they have. Still, they are in the semi finals of the World Cup for the second time having made it to this stage in 1998 when they lost but ended up finishing third. The Croatians are carrying form with a good W4 D2 record in their last six games, but they haven’t managed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last three now. The main bulk of Croatia’s star players probably won’t be back for another World Cup because of age and maybe there are signs of tiring from them. They wouldn’t want this to go to extra time against England’s young side. Croatia have netted at least two goals in five of their last six (extra time included) and without question, they will be the highest-quality starting eleven that England will have faced at this tournament. It hasn’t been plain sailing for them in the knockout stage, but they have quality likes Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and of course Luka Modric. Croatia have lost just the two games since the beginning of September last year. Croatia are 13/10 underdogs To Qualify* (Betting Odds were taken from July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.).

England v Croatia Head to Head

Seven times before England and Croatia have met and England are 4-2 ahead with the one drawn match. England have won the last two meetings between the two countries, which were during 2010 World Cup qualifying, England scoring nine goals in those two games and conceding two. All but two of the previous seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals, six of them producing at least four goals. They have just once in a major tournament, which was at Euro 2004 and England won that game 4-2 with Wayne Rooney getting a brace in the fixture.

England v Croatia Betting Odds*

England 11/8 Draw 21/10 Croatia 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2018 at 6:46 p.m.)

England v Croatia Predictions

We only see this being tight as Croatia are patient and have the stronger midfield of the two. We can see this semi-final tie going beyond ninety minutes. So we are looking at the draw in the match outright. Croatia haven’t played well but are technically strong enough to hold in there and England don’t create enough from open play.  
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Russia v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Dyzuba - Modric (Russia - Croatia)
Russia v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 7th July - 3.00 p.m Surprisingly Russia have created their own success story at the tournament as they caused one of the biggest shocks of the 2018 World Cup by eliminating Spain via a penalty shoot-out in the last round. Can they take a journey step further by seeing off Croatia? Croatia also needed a penalty shootout to make it past their round of 16 tie against Denmark. After looking so very good in the group stage Croatia really looked flat in that round of 16 tie. Still our Russia v Croatia predictions sees the extra quality of Croatia pulling through.

Russia News and Form

So the Russians have arrived in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup totally against the odds. Heading into the tournament there was no expectancy surrounding them as they were simply out of form, not having won in seven games. They opened the 2018 World Cup with back to back wins so qualified for the knockout stage immediately and their final group stage loss against Uruguay didn't matter. But they were drawn against Spain in the first knockout stage and they were heavy underdogs for that game. But they had a simple game plan of parking the bus and it worked. They took their chance in the penalty shootout. To open our Russia v Croatia predictions under 2.5 goals looks an obvious place to go to and that is at 19/40 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). They spent a lot of energy in defending their way to that victory against Spain but the cost of that is that a great deal will have been taken out of them. Russia v Croatia World Cup 2018 Infographic Russia are now W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have collected just the one clean sheet in their last twelve games. They are going as underdogs here once again and it will be interesting to see if they can find the defensive levels against Croatia that they produced against Spain. A both teams not to score option at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) for our Russia v Croatia predictions and that is because we don’t see Russia producing a lot of attacking threat against a well-organised Croatia side. The Russians have taken only three wins in their last twelve games (D4 L5) over 90 minutes and it is average at best opposition that they have beaten. They have only managed to score more than one goal in four of their last twelve matches. Fedor Smolov and Artem Dzyuba are joint 2/1 anytime goalscorer options for them going into this one* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia didn’t quite hit the high quality that they had produced in the group stage as they took on Denmark in the World Cup round of sixteen. They were really conservative and flat and just seemed to totally tighten up. Maybe it was all down to the pressure of the situation but they did get through it. They are the stronger of the two sides going into this quarter-final tie but based on their performance in the last match we are looking at a Croatia 1-0 correct score option at 5/1* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The Croatians are not really going to give up too much at the back and they have kept two clean sheets in their last four games. They are W4 D1 in their last five games played (90 minutes) and they scored at least two goals in each of those four victories in that sequence. But we are suggesting for our Russia v Croatia predictions that this is going to be a tighter, low scoring game and it is not worth looking bigger in the correct score market. This is the quarter finals of a World Cup after all. Croatia are favourites for this game so there will be that extra pressure on them. Luka Modric, with two goals, is their top scorer at the tournament so far and he has been one of the stand out performers of the entire tournament so he is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. Mario Mandzukic is at 5/1 in the first goalscorer market for this fixture* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and he got their somewhat lucky goal against Denmark in the last round. Croatia are carrying strong form with eight wins in their last thirteen matches, suffering just the two defeats along the way. In terms of quality, Croatia are head and shoulders above Russia and should be able to control this game from the midfield. They have to step up and be better than they were against Denmark when the key players just didn’t perform. Croatia finished third back in the 1998 World Cup and with the draw ahead, there’s a decent chance that they could get close to at least replicating that. At the time of writing they had been moved into 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) to win the World Cup outright.

Russia v Croatia Head to Head

This will be just the fourth meeting between Russia and Croatia. The first two meetings were both 0-0 ties which were in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Their other game was a friendly meeting in Russia back in 2015 and Croatia cruised to a 3-1 victory in the game, Mario Mandzukic getting Croatia’s last goal.

Russia v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 5/4 Draw 21/10 Russia 29/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:13 p.m.)

Russia v Croatia Predictions

Russia were pretty much out on their feet in the extra time of their tie against Spain and that is because they just sat back and had so much defensive work to do. They would likely be chasing the ball a lot in this game to as Croatia can stroke it around. We are backing for our Russia v Croatia predictions the hosts to eventually run out of steam and Croatia to edge their way through to the final four.  
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