We look at what Oddschecker users have been plumping for in the big game.
Just take a step back and remind yourselves: England are 90 minutes away from a World Cup final.
It’s been relatively stress-free for Gareth Southgate’s boys so far but Croatia will be their toughest test of all as they attempt to emulate the famous heroes from 1966.
We’ve looked at five key markets to show you what Oddschecker users have been backing ahead of tonight’s nerve shredding game.
For the first time in their three knockout games, England have been backed more than their opponents in the 90 minute market to win. 48% of punters have backed the Three Lions (13/10) compared to just 39% for Croatia (27/10). 18% have gone for the draw (11/5).
England’s joy from set-pieces is well documented, but even so it might be surprising to learn that the two most backed players for first goal scorer are Harry Maguire (28/1) and John Stones (33/1). The centre-backs have been causing havoc in opponents penalty areas and 28%/19% of punters respectively believe that these two could strike first. Elsewhere you have to go all the way down to 8th to find Luka Modric (12/1), the most backed Croat at 2%.
In what is quite a varied market, England to win 2-1 (10/1) stands out as the most popular pick, with 14% of total bets. The five most popular scorelines are all England wins, with the order after 2-1 going 2-0 (10/1), 3-2 (50/1), 1-0 (11/2) and 3-1 (25/1). 2-1 Croatia (14/1) is the most popular scoreline resulting in a victory for the Eastern Europeans, with 6% of bets being placed on it.
It’s Croatia that are surprisingly being backed more in this market, with 52% going on them (53/35) compared to 48% (13/20) for England.
He’s been under pressure from some supporters but punters are backing Raheem Sterling (14/1) to put in a man of the match performance tonight. The Man City star has been backed with a quarter of all bets, followed by Croatia’s talisman Luca Modric (8/1) and John Stones (50/1).