Our prediction for this Nations League match:
There will be fireworks when Croatia and England face each other at Stadion HNK Rijeka in the replay of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Croatia impressed at the showpiece tournament in Russia, but they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a heavy 6-0 loss to Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener. The Vatreni are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Friday’s football match and, no doubt, all eyes will be on Real Madrid ace Luka Modric when the two teams face each other in the Group 4 clash. The Three Lions, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Spain and seeing that both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s showdown, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Perisic):
Ivan Perisic is a Croatian football player born on 2nd of February 1989 in Split. Perisic started his football career in the youth of Hajduk Split where FC Sochaux discovered him by a very young age. After playing for FC Sochaux, Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg Inter Milan transferred him for approximately 17 million euro.
Perisic made his debut for the Croatian national team in 2011. Perisic played in all big tournaments so far such as the EURO 2012 and the World Cup 2014. In several EURO 2016 qualification matches Perisic was the captain of the national team.
Perisic is known for being a strong right-footed attacking midfielder. Because of his strength and vision it’s hard to win a duel against Perisic. One of Perisic’ biggest weaknesses is his lack of technique which is required to play for the biggest football clubs. Perisic won several prizes in his career but didn’t always play a big role in them. In season 2010/2011 Perisic was topscorer of the highest Belgian football division scoring 22 goals.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions.
England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age.
Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.