Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Croatia vs. France odds, lines, expert picks, insider predictions

Croatia vs. France odds, lines, expert picks, insider predictions

Modric will feature in a midfield that consists of the likes of Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, while Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dejan Lovren are just some of the names in a Croatian team expected to be England's toughest test yet. "I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".

Croatia have sacked one of their coaching staff, Ognjen Vukojevic after he posted a pro-Ukraine video following the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Southgate saw his side concede Ivan Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser before Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor in the 109th minute left England in despair. Charlie Clarke tweeted: "England needs to get to the semi finals more often. our office have all sacked off work and now we're at the pub amazing" and Shona Fran wrote: "Banked out from work 5 hours early, GET ME TO THE PUB ENGLAND".

There were a lot of pent-up feelings for the English as their mens World Cup took to the pitch to face Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.

Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan.

"I'm surprised. They have a good team, but also in the past they've had a good team and not reached more than the group stage", Tapalovic, now an assistant coach at Adelaide United, told Omnisport. Look at the other teams they'll be up against.

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The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties.

Croatia opened at 60-1 World Cup odds to win the entire tournament; entering the semis, it was still the underdog at 4-1.

"I don't think England could go on to win the World Cup, I think France and Belgium have got too much".

"The players and the squad, everybody involved in the World Cup, have a reason to come back home with pride after giving everything and making the country proud".

"Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

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