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12/10/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Stadion HNK Rijeka V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away England

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Match Summary

2 We fancy:

Both sides will be desperate to avoid defeat after losing to Spain in their first game. England are seeking revenge but Croatia have lots of quality, with the score draw priced at 7/2 with bet365 as part of the football betting tips for this game. 

7/2 Score draw
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One to Watch: Luka Modric

It’s remarkable to think that it was less than six years ago that Luka Modric was being voted the worst signing in La Liga. Four Champions League titles later, followed by an inspirational World Cup in Russia this summer, has seen the diminutive midfielder break the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly when it comes to FIFA’s world player of the year honours. 

Modric is getting the recognition he deserves on the biggest stages of all, and he’ll look to control this game against England just like he did in Russia three months ago. He may only average around a goal every eight games for Croatia, but Modric is 10/1 for the first goal on Friday with bet365. 

10/1 Modric to score first
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Team News

Croatia World Cup
Croatia's Last Six:
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There are plenty of familiar faces in the Croatian squad for this game, including Chelsea’s on loan midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. Luka Modric captains the hosts after winning the Golden Ball at the World Cup this summer. 

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Gareth Southgate continues his policy of promoting youth, with Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Mason Mount all handed their first call-ups to the senior squad. James Tarkowksi has pulled out through injury, replaced by Brighton’s Lewis Dunk for these football predictions. 

Croatia vs England Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Gareth Southgate’s England were knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia in the summer

England head to Croatia for their second game in the newest competition in international football in this Nations League preview. The Three Lions have the scent of revenge in their nostrils after their hosts on Friday night dumped them out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage. 

Croatia are 17/10 in your Nations League predictions, after they broke English hearts with an extra-time victory over the Three Lions in Russia. The French subsequently crushed their dreams in the final, while Spain also steamrollered Zlatko Dalic’s side with a 6-0 mauling last month. There’s still plenty of quality in the hosts’ squad though. 

England are 19/10 for the win, which would only go a little way towards healing the wounds of the summer. Perhaps more important than the points or any notion of revenge though, England need to show some improvement after they were outplayed by Croatia for large parts of that semi-final defeat. 

The draw is 11/5, showing that this match is a close one to call in your football betting tips for the weekend. After both teams lost at Spanish hands in their opening Nations League tie, a point wouldn’t be the worst result for either side, although it would surely suit the visitors more with the return of this fixture coming up at Wembley next month. 

Harry Kane is the 19/5 favourite for the first goal on Friday. The England captain has four goals in his last four games for Tottenham, putting criticism of his form and fitness to bed for the time being at least. After his recent scoring run for his country which includes the opener in a 1-1 draw against Portugal last month, Ivan Perisic is 13/2 to break the deadlock. 

Predicted Score: Croatia 1 - 1 England

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