Croatia v England betting tips – Blazers too big for Nations League victory

Croatia v England betting tips

Croatia to win @ 9/5

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Betting Tip: @ Croatia to win @ 9/5 with bet365

Gareth Southgate has been a breath of fresh air as England manager. He deserves a new contract to keep him in this post until 2020 and he should also be applauded for bringing in several rookie players to the latest squad.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Mason Mount, James Maddison and Jadon Sancho all get their opportunity with the senior team, with the latter currently plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund after being released by Manchester City.

The quartet join some more familiar faces in the squad as Southgate keeps looking to the future and building a group of players that can prove strong in the long-term.

As far as the short-term is concerned, the Three Lions head to Croatia on Friday for their latest Nations League encounter, having lost 2-1 at home to Spain in their opener.

This is a re-match of the 2018 World Cup semi-final which saw England take the lead before losing in extra-time, with the Blazers having the home advantage of Rijeka and looking to make amends for that 6-0 mauling at the hands of Spain.

Croatia haven’t suddenly become a bad team and look a big price to beat an England side who are making good progress under Southgate although they are missing several key players including Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.

The midfield is a department which looks particularly weak and this is where Croatia are strongest, which means we might see the visitors struggle to assert themselves.

Let’s not forget that the home side did draw 1-1 away to Portugal before crumbling in Spain and they have a midfield dripping with talent when you consider the presence of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic in the team.

Croatia to win @ 9/5 with bet365

Betting Tip: @ Croatia to win @ 9/5 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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