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Croatia vs. England World Cup Semifinals Preview

Croatia vs. England

Luzhniki Stadium

Wednesday, July 11 at 2:00 PM ET

England clashes with Croatia with a spot in the World Cup Final on the line. Jazz Sportsbook has England as a +136 favorite to win this game, Croatia is at +243, a draw is at +212 and the total has been set at 2.

They haven't faced real threats so far but England has played well and the whole country feels there's a chance to go all the way. There's good reason for their optimism, Harry Kane is in great form and their defense has done a remarkable job, led by Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker and with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford making key interventions. This will be England's biggest challenge in this World Cup, their talent level compares to Croatia's but their inexperience could cost them here. Their youth can also drive them to victory, so it will be interesting to see how focused they'll be.

Croatia's skill level is incredible, they have beaten Argentina and they're one of the few undefeated teams in the tournament. Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic form one of the best midfields in the world and their great chemistry makes them extremely hard to beat. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic can make the difference here, especially if the game reaches the penalty shootout.

Croatia advanced in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals against Denmark and Russia via penalties and Subasic played a big part in it. A solid defense is important in the later stages of tournaments like this and my lean is on England to contain Croatia and advance in a very close game.

World Cup Pick: England +136

Odds to win the World Cup

Courtesy of Jazz Sportsbook

France +175

Belgium +225

England +225

Croatia +300

Check odds here: https://goo.gl/dVwAAb

Odds as seen on ESPN Chalk: https://goo.gl/ji6GJZ

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