Croatia vs England predictions for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final
England, on the other hand, strolled to a rather comfortable 2-0 win over a lacklustre Sweden side just a few hours before Croatia’s epic battle. Both teams well and truly deserve to be in this position, but only one can progress to the final on Sunday.
Maguire, along with the other Harry in the England team, is proving to be a real game changer for the Three Lions. He has won the most aerial battles of any defender at the tournament, and England are well and truly taking advantage of this. They have aimed for him 20 times from set pieces, more than any other player at the World Cup, and he has won a huge 22 aerial battles in just the last two matches. With England scoring five of their goals from set pieces and Croatia conceding two of their four from set plays, backing Maguire to find the net looks an inspired bet here.
Of course, ignoring Harry Kane would be criminal. The England captain leads the race for the Golden Boot in Russia and has scored in seven of his last eight appearances for England. We’re also backing him to find the net here.
Croatia Predicted Lineup:
Subasic, Corluka, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Modric, Rakitic, Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic, Mandzukic
England Predicted Lineup:
Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane