Despite enduring delays, Euro 2021 (still officially named Euro 2020) is coming at you with full force. You shouldn't miss out on the good opportunities that long-term betting offers. In this article, you will find the top free betting tips about one of the competition's opening fixtures.
England vs. Croatia top free betting tips
These are our top-rated predictions for the England v Croatia group stage game:
- England to win at 1.91
- Both teams to score – Yes at 1.93
- Over 2.5 goals at 2.12
Important note: all odds are subject to change, and you should always carefully check before placing a bet.
Match preview: England looking for World Cup 2018 revenge against Croatia
We probably all recall how eager were the English fans during the World Cup. They had genuinely believed that their National team has finally come out of the slum in which it was in previous years. And yes, The Three Lions indeed managed a rather impressive World Cup run, which, however, was ended by the Croatian squad after completing a full comeback in the Semi-final. Ivan Perisic drew the score 1-1 in the 68th minute to take the match in additional time when Mario Manduki scored the winning goal with 13 minutes remaining. Leaving a bitter taste in Englishmen's mouth, Croatia continued on their way to their first World Cup final. Since then, the teams have met twice in the UEFA Nations League, during which Gareth Southgate's squad has managed to get revenge. However, a single win in the qualifications of competition not as prestige isn't enough, and surely the Englishmen will be looking to damage Croatia's chances of advancing in Euro 2020.
For the past year, the English National team has recorded lots of wins and even more, goals scored. They've put three past Ireland and Wales, four past Kosovo and Iceland, and five or more goals versus Bulgaria and Montenegro. The only slight issue with these statistics is that these opponents are quite less worthy than Croatia. The occasions in which Southgate's squad has been put to the test against respected opponents haven't been so delightful. England lost the 2019 Nations League semi-finals 3-1 to the Netherlands and later struggled against Switzerland for the third spot, taking the game to penalties after a goalless draw. Later the English team failed to win twice versus Denmark, recording a loss and a tie. Versus Belgium was England's most honorable win with a score of 2-1, but they lost the rematch 2-0. In conclusion, we can say that the packed with talent English line-up does as expected versus lower-tier sides, however, they tend to struggle when up against a proven opponent.
Unlike the English outfit, Croatia has been tasked with playing against much tougher sides. Their Nations League group consists of France, Portugal, and Sweden, which resulted in the Chequered Ones ranking in third with just a single win and five defeats in 6 matches. However, the Croatian team put up a decent fight in each fixture in which it participated. Scoring two goals vs. Portugal while being a man down and finding Lloris' net three times in 2 matches vs. France have been amongst the highlights of their results. The Blazers, as they are frequently called, have been keeping up their form with much more worthy sparring partners. Furthermore, they haven't failed to score in 19 consecutive games now, an achievement dating back to 2018.
England v Croatia predictions
We expect this to be a high-paced fixture fueled by numerous goals – definitely something that the viewers are hoping for as well. Keeping in mind that the match will be extremely crucial to both sides’ hopes of advancing in Euro 2020, undoubtedly, we will see them throw everything they have at each other.
England to win
Gareth Southgate himself, including the entirety of his squad, have sure remembered the Croatian team for all the wrong reasons. Winning the 2018 World Cup's semi-final has actually been Croatia's only triumph over England in the past ten years. The last time this has happened was in 2006 and 2007 when the Blazers messed up England's chances of qualifying for Euro 2008. The rivalry between the two sides is more long-standing than some people would think. Because of how short the European Championship group stages are, each of the three matches that both teams will play is extremely important. England will be looking to deal a major blow to Croatia's chances of qualifying for the knockout phase, as the Chequered ones have done not once in the past. Eager to take home this win, we believe that England to win at odds of 1.91 is a worth it bet.
Both teams to score – Yes
As we previously covered, both squads are prominent goal scorers. Croatia has scored at least once in each of their last 19 games and will be looking to make this number reach 20. Southgate has a tremendous number of offensive options in front of him, and we believe that talented strikers like Sterling, Kane, Rashford, Abraham, and much more will be able to produce at least a single goal. It seems like the bookies think that this outcome is much less probable, valuing this pick at odds of 1.93.
Over 2.5 goals
Similar to the thoughts we put on the previous pick, this one suggests that a lot of goals will be scored in this match-up. Here, the statistics look even more promising. Nine out of the last ten matches in which Croatia has participated have resulted in over 2.5 goals, while for England, this pick has hit in 6 out of the previous ten games. Both teams can score and experience some defensive flaws, which would create opportunities. England has to redeem itself against the Croatian side, which has shown that it doesn’t budge versus big opponents. The odds of 2.12 are just mesmerizing.