The UEFA Nations League is a new format of international football for European nations and has been introduced to replace meaningless friendly games. There is a place available in the 2020 European Championships and both Croatia and England would like to seal their spot in the tournament.
Having been drawn in League A, Group 4 along with Spain, their path to success has seen a major blow. Both Croatia and England, who meet at the Stadion Rujevica on Friday 12th October have suffered defeat to Spain in their opening group match.
Which team will bounce back the stronger of the two and win this game? Keep reading for our Croatia vs England predictions.
This game is a replay of the 2018 World Cup semi-final which Croatia won 2-1 having fallen behind 1-0 in the match. Based on this result and the fact Croatia are playing at home, it would appear they are the favourites for this game but not according to the bookmakers.
The Croatia vs England betting odds with Bet365 have the away teams as the favourites, priced at 7/5. The English started their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to Spain. It was a disappointing start for England on home soil but they have the opportunity to make amends in this match.
England have won each of their last three away games.Croatia could not have asked for a worse start following their success at the World Cup where their reached the final. Croatia travelled to Spain for their first competitive game as World Cup runners-up and lost 6-0.
It was an embarrassing result and one which sees them sitting bottom of Group 4. Croatia will be looking for a much better performance in-front of their own fans but they are the outsiders for this game, priced at 21/10 with Bet365. The draw is also on offer at the same price.
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2. Our Predictions
Croatia are the fourth best team in the world according to the official FIFA world rankings, two places ahead of England. They will be looking for a big result following the loss to Spain and are undefeated in their last twenty home games.
Croatia have little trouble scoring goals in home fixtures but have conceded in each of their last three, meaning we could be in for plenty of goal mouth action in this game. Croatia to win and both teams to score is 11/2 at Bet365.
England will be determined to get one over Croatia following the World Cup defeat but rarely win away games by a significant margin. Croatia will be tough and if England are to take maximum points it will surely be a narrow win.