Croatia – England SOCCER PICKS
Intense game is what awaits us this Friday at the Stadion HNK Rijeka, when Croatia receives a visit from England, in vital play for their aspirations in Group 4 of League A of the UEFA Nations League.
Another of the coaches that is taking advantage of the golden generation of an absolute team is Zlatko Dalic, and is that as we know Croatia comes to reach the final in the recent World Cup Russia 2018, where pitifully could not beat France and ultimately fell defeated by 4-2.
In that participation, the Croatian team was led by Luka Modric who even comes to be crowned as the best player of that tournament, unfortunately for many that magic is over.
And is that what we are seeing from Croatia recently is very poor, come to debut in the UEFA League of Nations with a defeat with a landslide in his visit to Spain that endorsed six goals, in a game where Croatia had less than 30% possession of the ball, and what worried him most is that if he finished once on the porch of David de Gea is much and this has worried the country, since Zlatko Dalic maintains the backbone of the World Cup of Russia 2018, so there is no other than this Friday at home clean the image and get a victory that also leaves behind a three-game winless streak.
For its part, the situation of Gareth Southgate is very similar, and is that the Three Lions made a good presentation at the World Cup Russia 2018 where they reached the semifinals in a series that played just before Croatia and lost in overtime by score of 2-1, after that they did not pay much attention to the game for the third place that in the end it was Belgium.
To vary his debut in the UEFA League of Nations was not expected as they were defeated at home 1-2 by the young Spanish team and with it added a three-game losing streak, happily after losing to the Spanish made a friendly against Switzerland which won by the minimum difference and it is expected that this result will change the confidence and mentality of the Three Lions who have to go to Rijeka in search of the three points.
As we have said, the last time these teams met was in the semifinal of the recent World Cup Russia 2018, in a game where England went ahead on the scoreboard with an early goal from Trippier, but then with twenty minutes left the end appeared Perisic to put the tie to a goal and take the game to overtime, where Mandzukic appeared for the minute 109 put the 2-1 final and thus take away the illusion to the Three Lions to dispute a World Cup final .
The truth is that this game is the first in nine years, before faced by the qualifiers for South Africa 2010 with English triumph in both games, first 1-4 in Croatia and then 5-1 on English soil.
As for the general statistics in direct confrontations, we have to say that England is the one who dominates the series with 4 victories for 3 of Croatia in eight games.
While playing in Croatia each one adds a win, in the two games played so far.