World Cup 2018 | 11th July | SF: Croatia vs England Match Thread, KO 19:00 (BST)

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  1. MCFC1993

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    WEDNESDAY 11TH JULY

    CROATIA VS ENGLAND

    Match kicks off at 19:00 (BST) on ITV 1
    . Presented by Mark Pougatch, commentators likely to be Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle, pundits to be announced, Dixon, Wright, Neville and Bilic at a guess.

    How tired are Croatia?

    Can England overcome their midfield which will more than likely dominant the ball?

    England need to use set pieces to their advantage, as they’ve been so dominant at them in this tournament. Players like Sterling and Lingard should be able to get in behind Lovren and Corluka.

    Expect the England line up to be unchanged unless someone has picked up and unexpected injury.


    Croatia’s route to the final:
    [​IMG]
    And of course victory over Russia on penalties.


    England’s route to the final:
    [​IMG]

    Croatia’s goal scorers so far:
    Modric (2)
    Rebic (1)
    Rakitic (1)
    Badelj (1)
    Perisic (1)
    Mandzukic (1)
    Kramaric (1)
    Vida (1)
    Own Goal (1)

    England’s goal scorers so far:
    Kane (6)
    Stones (2)
    Lingard (1)
    Maguire (1)
    Alli (1)
     
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  2. aguero93:20

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    Did you have one thread ready for each team? :)
     
  3. MCFC1993

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    Haha I'd written it up in extra time after Vida scored!

    May have had a Russia back up...
     
  4. Millwallawayveteran1988

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    Will be England’s toughest match but I expect us to win
     
  5. Blumers Bloomers

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    Raheem to be the hero and send a big fat fuck you message to the armchairs that know nothing back home
     
  6. avoidconfusion

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    And the headline in the Daily Mail the day after will about how he has only scored 1 goal in 1000 minutes.
     
  7. Proy

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    Whilst it's nice to have a bit of euphoria back around the country, the reality is we haven't played anybody yet and it's been a pretty easy run into a semi-final.

    This is a proper game now.

    See what happens
     
  8. wesshaw1985

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    What formation do Croatia set up with?
     
  9. MCFC1993

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    ---------------------------Subasic
    Vrsaljko-------Lovren------------Vida---------Strinic
    ----------------Rakitic-------------Modric
    Rebic------------------Kramaric---------------Perisic
    ------------------------Mandzukic

    Vrsaljko is injured, so Corluka expected to come in.
     
  10. wesshaw1985

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    Good chance we get dominated in the midfield, if not skill wise at least numbers wise.

    I would consider dropping a centre half for this one (Walker) for another midfielder (Delph, Dier, Cheek) to even us up numbers wise. Stones and Maguire should be able to contain Mandzukic.

    Maybe look to set up like this -

    Pickford
    Trippier-Stones-Maguire-Rose
    Henderson-Delph
    Lingaard-Alli-Sterling
    Kane
     

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