England drew with Croatia 0-0 on Friday and head straight to Seville to face Spain in their next Nations League group game on Monday night
Spain won their first two games in the Nations League 2-1 at Wembley and 6-0 v Croatia and warmed up for this game beating Wales 4-1 away last Thursday night. Obviously a formidable outfit, introducing young talent to their line up to complement their established internationals.
England played out a largely uneventful stalemate with Croatia behind closed doors in Rijeka to earn the first point of their Uefa Nations League campaign – but manager Gareth Southgate felt they “should have won”.
The whole occasion had an air of unreality as the teams – who met in the World Cup semi-finals three months ago – were forced to play in a mostly deserted, echoing stadium as part of Croatia’s punishment after a swastika was visible on the pitch before a European qualifier in 2015.
England coped well with the surroundings and had the better chances – Eric Dier and Harry Kane heading against the woodwork either side of the interval, and Marcus Rashford producing two bad misses with only Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to beat.
Croatia, winners when these countries last met, threatened only occasionally and Southgate will feel a tinge of regret his side are not moving on to Monday’s meeting with Spain in Sevilla on the back of a victory.
Odds for this match are Spain 8/11, England 7/2 and the draw 11/4 with Bet Victor. I expect Spain to win and a value bet is Spain to win to Nil at 15/8