class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With Dalic's men struggling for firepower of late, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Three Lions to ease to a comfortable opening Euro 2020 win at Wembley
England and Croatia will be aiming to take control of Group D when they meet at Wembley in their opening Euro 2020 clash on Sunday.
With Scotland and the Czech Republic making up the rest of the group, this duo are favourites to occupy the top two spots and qualify for the knockout stages.
England vs Croatia Latest Odds
Having run out 2-1 winners in the most recent encounter in the UEFA Nations League, the Three Lions are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with bet365 to claim the upper hand by coming out on top once again.
However, Zlatko Dalic’s men recorded a memorable extra-time victory over this opposition in the semi-finals of the last World Cup and can be backed at 9/2 (5.50) to cause more heartache for the home supporters with a win in London.
Two of the last three meetings have resulted as draws after 90 minutes, and you can get odds of 27/10 (3.70) on this one also finishing up all square.
England vs Croatia Team News
Harry Maguire is back in training after an ankle ligament injury but faces a race to be fit in time for the opener, while it remains to be seen whether the hosts set up with a back three or a back four.
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Danijel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic have all retired from the national team since 2018, although Luka Modric is still an inspirational figure in midfield.
England vs Croatia Preview
While this match will evoke painful memories of 2018 for the home fans, Gareth Southgate’s team should have little fear of a repeat result on recent form.
Coming into this match on the back of a six-game winning streak that saw them concede just once, they should prove too strong for a Vatreni team whose only two wins in the last nine outings have come at home to Cyprus and Malta.
Indeed, the Croatians have lost five of their last nine matches and scored just five times in the most recent five – with three of those goals coming against Malta alone.
England vs Croatia Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 6/4 (2.50) actually seem fairly generous on England setting themselves up for a promising tournament by winning to nil for their sixth game in seven.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.