WHO GETS THE FINAL TICKET?
The battle line has been drawn between the three lions and the boys from a small country but with big dreams go to the battle field to seek the spoils of war in Russia.The Croats play like their inventors who dreamed up ingenious abstract concepts and have also created hands-on solutions that we use in everyday life. The prize before the two teams is a final place ticket against 1998 champions, France.
TOO CLOSE TO CALL
The match is delicately poised because there seems to be no clear favourite, based on their performance so far in the competition. Certainly Croatia has fought against bigger Nations and has had fiercer battles, they have been bruised, battered but they triumphed against all the odds.They scaled the hurdle of former Champions Argentina in flying colours, they conquered Denmark in the round of 16 and the boisterous host Russia in the Quarter final via Penalties. Those 2 knockout out games were energy sapping and psychologically draining. We wait to see how much effect it will have on the players against a more physical English side.
For England, its been a journey of playing the “South-gate way”. A smooth unassuming but impactful style of winning games without the airs. Their grudge match against Colombia left many of the players bruised, they could have lost the match eventually, a duel they thought they had under wraps until Mina had other plans and equalized in added time.The squad showed a massive recovery state in their one sided Quarter-final victory over Sweden.
The odds favour the English,, With the waist coast wearing manager they are capable of squeezing out a win from this match but the Croats will surely make a game out of it if they score first. The Croats are seeking to play in the final of the world cup for the first time in their history, the farthest they had gone at the Mundial was the Semi final when Davor Suker the present head of the Croatia Football Federation led the world in goal-scoring. While England won on home soil in 1966 and got to the one and only Semi final at Italian 90.
The two teams have met 7 times prior to this Russia 2018 world cup meeting and the English have had the upper hand , they have won 4 matches , lost 1 and drew 2
World cup Encounters
For the records, this is the first time England and Croatia are meeting at a FIFA World cup. Who draws the first blood and get the bragging right? That will be known in the next 90 minutes.
England should win after 90 minutes but if Croatia scores first it might be taken to extra time and penalties, if neither team scores in Extra time
England to go through on a 55% to 45%
NOTE – Just hope Lovren won’t be the weak link against this “premiership side”