We at Lap of the Odds are often reticent about betting on international football if it’s not in tournaments as we’re never quite sure which players will be available and how much they will be trying.
However, this afternoon’s game between England and Croatia should have every one focused. The winner goes into the semifinals of the newly created Nations League while the loser ends up relegated out of the upper echelons of European football. Throw in the recent World Cup semifinal clash between the two sides and there’s plenty of meaning to the game.
England have shown some progress from the summer, especially with their thrilling 3-2 victory over Spain in Madrid last month. But Croatia also defeated the Spaniards by the same score a few days ago. This could be tight.
The home team welcome back a lot of their star players after they were rested for the 3-0 home win over the US, the chief among them being captain Harry Kane.
The Spurs striker has scored three in his last three games, while 40% of his goals for Tottenham this season have been with his head. This makes the enhanced 10/1 that SkyBet offers that he scores a header today a good price, even if the bookie limits the size of your bet. We’ll be on.
Recommendation: Kane to score a header, 1 pt, at 10/1, SkyBet
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