England – Croatia: forecast for the match of the European Football Championship

Sports commentator Sputnik Georgia predicts UEFA EURO 2020 soccer match between England and Croatia

The match between the national teams of England and Croatia is one of the central meetings of the first round of the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage (there will also be France-Germany and Spain-Sweden). England is one of the top favorites to win the tournament, while Croatia is the reigning vice-champion of the world. The match should turn out if not hot, but intriguing.

Gareth Southgate’s charges are in excellent shape for the continental championship. In 2021, the British played six matches and won all games, conceding only one goal from Poland (2: 1).

Three years ago, at the World Cup in Russia, England took fourth place, losing in the semifinals, by the way, to Croatia. That backbone of the national team has grown stronger and matured, and new faces have also been added – Mount, Foden, Grilish, James – all the players who play a significant role in their clubs.

photo: Sputnik / Grigory Sysoev

Football. World Cup 2018. The final. Match France – Croatia

Croatia has remained virtually unchanged since the 2018 World Cup. “Checkers” are no longer a dark horse capable of surprising someone. In preparation for EURO, Zlatko Dalic’s charges played two test matches and won none – a draw with Armenia (1: 1) and a defeat against Belgium (0: 1). The current Croatian national team is an excellent above average European team. But, as it seems to me, its limit is reaching the playoff stage.

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As for the prediction for the match itself, I would suggest playing two options. First, a clear victory for England. It will not be bright and sparkling, we will not see the scoring extravaganza either. The British will quietly and calmly win the class, as they have done recently. In addition, Southgate will try to take revenge for the defeat three years ago.

The second rate follows from the first. I think one or two balls will be enough for the “three lions” to win. The British will control the course of the game, create the necessary number of chances at the opponent’s goal and implement one or two of them.

Bet: a) England win in 1.68 and b) England will score one or two goals in 1.74.


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