No one ever bothers to check this sort of thing, so we feel confident in predicting that England will erase Croatia in the semifinal and earn a spot in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Final
Anyone who has ever read any of our predictions knows that the smart money is to go in the direction opposite to ours, but we have insider information…
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. We know no one and nothing when it comes to predicting the outcomes of anything, let alone World Cup, where this year’s tournament has made us look foolish beyond belief.
At the outset, we were quite disparaging of the Russians, so we were left wearing egg when Russia went quite deep.
In the case of England versus Croatia, however, we have the backing of the bookies. Ladbrokes is quoting the match as England $2.25 to Croatia’s $3.50, but the differential is much smaller than some of the leads up that saw underdogs advancing.
The Three Lions have some momentum working following a shootout to reach the quarterfinal, backed by a comprehensive 2 – 0 win over Sweden to earn the spot in the semifinal.
Croatia has had nothing but struggles to get to this point. They had consecutive shootouts to beat Denmark and Russia and if it were not for such things as Russian penalty kickers lobbing at goal, it could easily be Russia on the other side of England when the semifinal bounces.
Imagine that scene, with a Moscow Stadium packed with vociferous, vodka-fueled Russians.
Croatia also has some question marks regarding some of their starters.
Sime Vrsaljko limped off in extra time and the hamstring of keeper Danijel Subasic is the question everyone is asking at this point.
If Subasic is subpar, Croatia had better hope that they find out before they find themselves on the wrong end of a 3 – 0 deficit, or find themselves in an identical position to that which threatened them in the last game, when all their substitutions had been used and Subasic had to play regardless of his fitness.