England can overcome stubborn Sweden

Harry Kane

The quarter-finals of the World Cup continue today and in the earlier game, England can edge a tight affair with Sweden.

England to win and both to score @ 15/4

The Three Lions came through a dramatic penalty shootout against Colombia, the first time they have benefitted from penalty kicks at the global showpiece and that result will have given them huge confidence.

However, the Swedes have impressed on their way to a first quarter-final since 1994, keeping clean sheets along their way, including in the last-16 against Switzerland.

The Blugalt have impressed with their functional approach and should have the fresher legs having got the business done in normal time in their last game.

On what is likely to be a steamy evening in Samara, a decent game is likely but England’s lack of clean sheets is a worry.

They are a better team than the Swedes though and should have enough to get past the stubborn Scandinavians.

Croatia to win @ 6/5

Croatia were dark horses heading to Russia and can boost their credentials by beating the hosts.

The Vatreni are a talented bunch but will face a Russian side, who much like the Danes in the last 16, will defend hard.

In fact, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men produced a brilliant defensive showing to defeat Spain on penalties last time out and are certainly stubborn.

However, it will take another superhuman effort to overhaul the Croatians who are simply too good to ignore, especially at odds against.

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