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England v Croatia Match Preview

Wednesday Nov 14, 2018


 A preview of England's up and coming game with Croatia at Wembley this Sunday.


 As far as these two teams are concerned, Sunday will herald the end of the opening stage in this inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League. Wembley will be the venue as England look to exact revenge on their opponents Croatia.

 An act they will look to carry out after the Croats got the better of the Three Lions in this Summer’s World Cup Semi-final, before eventually losing to Didier Deschamps’ France side by a score of four goals to two in the tournament’s showpiece event.

 However, one should not forget that England have already met Croatia since then. Last month saw the bizarre staging of a fixture behind closed doors. It was a game that had no atmosphere in addition to no goals as they played out a forgettable stalemate in Rijeka.

 Hopefully the occasion will be more exciting this time around, while if you are looking to place a bet on the match then why not learn more about Betway by visiting their site and checking out the many markets that they have available.

 This fixture not only gives England the opportunity to settle a long standing grudge but also could present them with a chance of reaching the final four of the Nations League. At the same time though this could well end up being a relegation play-off. 

 For England to have any hopes of topping League A Group 4 then they are going to have to hope that Croatia can do them a favour when they play host to Spain on Thursday night. If they can come out of that fixture with a win, then it will only raise the stakes even higher.

 Should that be the case then both England and Croatia will be on four points, from there whoever wins would finish top of the mini-league while whoever loses will finish bottom. It is fair to say that the margin for error is very small.

 At the same time England know that regardless of what happens on Thursday night they will avoid relegation to League B with a draw on Sunday. This is due to the fact that Croatia were thrashed 6-0 by Spain back in September and have a far inferior goal difference.

 England will come into this game having faced the United States in what has been earmarked as a send-off for record scorer Wayne Rooney. Some have questioned as to why the fixture has become something of a testimonial, but it is fair to say his efforts have earned one last England appearance.

 Sunday could also present the perfect platform for Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson to make his name on the international stage. He has been in impressive form in the Premier League this season and will hope to carry it on when it comes to England duty.

 Gareth Southgate’s men will undoubtedly be boosted by their 3-2 win over Spain last month, a result that has blown this group wide open and as such they will look to end this phase on a high. The question that needs to be asked is whether it turns out to be too little, too late for England.
  

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