England vs Croatia – Euro 2020
Euro 2020 – Sunday 13th June 14.00
It’s England vs Croatia in the first game of group D at Euro 2020. We take a look at the stats and best football tips.
England’s Euro 2020 campaign kicks off on Sunday and it’s a tough start for England against Croatia. This game is the first of Group D and that may suit Croatia who have won three out of three opening fixtures in the tournament. England meanwhile have not won any of their last three opening matches.
Scotland and the Czech Republic make up the group and the winner here will put themselves in a great position to top the group with the two weaker teams to come. The bookies rate England 1/50 to qualify, with Croatia 1/3, Czech Republic 10/11 and Scotland 11/10.
The sides last met in the 2018 UEFA Nations League, the first game was a goalless draw in Rijeka in October and the second a 2-1 England win at Wembley the following month. Andrej Kramarić’s 57th-minute goal put Croatia in front, but strikes in the final 12 minutes from Jesse Lingard (78) and Harry Kane (85) secured the win for England.
England – PL 8 | Won 7 | GF 37 | GA 6
The Three Lions are on a really good run winning fourteen of their last fifteen games. That loss actually came away to fellow Group D team Czech Republic but England won the home fixture 5-0 so that is probably not a big worry. England have not faced the best of teams over that fifteen game period but they have managed eleven clean sheets and Southgate does seem to have the team performing well defensively. The attack scored a lot of goals in qualifying but struggled in recent friendlies for cohesion. With plenty of fire power in Mount, Foden, Kane, Sancho, Grealish and Sterling i think England will have a really great chance.
Goalscorers and Shots on Target:
- Harry Kane – 10 goals in 6 appearances & 3.11 SOT per 90
- Raheem Sterling – 4 goals in 5 appearances & 2.18 SOT per 90
- Marcus Rashford – 3 goals in 5 appearances & 2.32 SOT per 90
Croatia – PL 8 | Won 5 | GF 17 | GA 7
The recent form of Croatia has been pretty mixed. They have only won two of their last five including 0-1 defeats to both Belgium and Slovenia and a 1-1 draw with Armenia. Euro 2020 qualification was also mixed with a loss to Hungary and draws against Azerbaijan and Wales. I don’t think this is vintage Croatia but they have huge tournament experience, a stacked midfield and in Luka Modric one of the worlds best midfielders.
Goalscorers and Shots on Target:
- Bruno Petković – 4 goals in 5 apperances & 2.17 SOT per 90
- Ivan Perišić – 3 goals in 6 appearances & 1.62 SOT per 90
- Nikola Vlašić – 3 goals in 4 appearances & 1.79 SOT per 90
Betting Tips: I think this is a tough start for England although i do think they should get the win against a Croatia side that has been inconsistent. I think we will see a very tight game between two sides who know they will have a better chance in the other two matches but will both want top spot.
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