With the European Championships on the horizon, England fans will undoubtedly be counting down the days until the Three Lions’ opening game against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
The Group D encounter will be the fourth clash between the two sides since Croatia got the better of Gareth Southgate’s side in the 2018 World Cup semi-final in Russia, and it’ll come as no surprise that, with the game taking place in London, England are heading into the match as the heavy favourites to win the match in the Euro 2021 odds.
Ahead of the big game, bookmaker Paddy Power have commissioned a supercomputer simulation of the match. However, will England get off to the perfect start? Let’s find out!
Vlašić stuns the hosts with an early goal
There’s no doubt that the limited number of spectators inside Wembley on Sunday will be making a right racket in the early stages of the game. However, it won’t be long before Croatia silence the home support, with Nikola Vlašić tipped to fire Zlatko Dalić’s men into the lead after just six minutes.
Kane draws England level early in the second half
There will be a massive sigh of relief amongst England fans as talisman striker Harry Kane is tipped to notch an equaliser for the Three Lions in the 52nd minute — sparking scenes of jubilation in living rooms, bars and fan zones up and down the country.
Rebić fires Croatia back in front
England’s lead won’t last for long, however, as AC Milan forward Ante Rebićis predicted to restore his nation’s lead in the 71st minute — leaving a nail-biting finale for both teams.
Sterling saves the day
Luckily, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling will save Southgate’s side their blushes, as he is tipped to bag a late equaliser for England. The 26-year-old was afforded a week or two off following the Champions League final, and it may have just done him the world of good as he pops to salvage a point late on.
Full-time: England 2-2 Croatia
England Predicted XI: Pickford; Walker, Mings, Stones, Shaw: Henderson, Mount, Rice; Grealish, Kane, Sterling
Croatia Predicted XI: Livakovic; Vida, Lovren, Ćaleta-Car, Barišić; Modrić, Brozović, Perišić, Vlašić, Pašalić; Rebić