Croatia vs England

The first semifinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup saw France prevail by 1 goal to nil against Belgium on the back of an Umtiti header from a second half corner. Their opponent in the final will be decided in the early hours of Thursday Morning with a huge Croatia vs England blockbuster set for a 4am (AEST) kick-off. For the occasion, we’ve put together a special edition of our DFS fantasy lineup tips to help you with player selection and to increase your chances of winning some cash.

Leading DFS site DraftKings have a huge $75,000 contest on for the match, while Draftstars have their own $1,500 contest on. We’ve based our team on the player prices and salary cap ($50,000) at DraftKings.

We had success with our French squad last night as they went on to win 1-0 against Belgium. For the second semifinal we've chosen to go with an English based squad, because we can see them winning the match and potentially keeping a clean sheet.

Harry Kane ($13,900)

Our premium selection is English striker and current Golden Boot leader, Harry Kane. He’s scored 6 goals in 5 matches in looks a shoe-in to take home the major individual award on the back of some sensational individual performances so far. If England are to win this match, more likely than not it’ll be because of this man.

Dele Alli ($9,000)

Kane’s Spurs teammate and good friend, Dele Alli is our second highest priced selection at DraftKings. He scored one of the goals in the quarters that sent England to the semi’s and will be in the thick of it again vs Croatia.

Jesse Lingard ($8.700)

Lingard has been one of the surprise packets for the English side with his pace and technical ability being a real strength for them on the wing. He’s a threat to score in any match and is a nice price for this high scoring potential.

Raheem Sterling ($8,300)

It’s been an ‘almost’ tournament so far for Manchester City speedster, Raheem Sterling. He’s been extremely close to finding the back of the net on many occasions and will be desperate to contribute for England on the big stage. He has a lot of chances upfront alongside Kane and is underpriced due to his low scoring thus far.

John Stones ($5,300)

The basement priced players are mainly defenders, so we’ve decided to go with John Stones and Kyle Walker. Stones is rock solid, will play the full 90 minutes and is a threat with his head from set pieces.

Kyle Walker ($4,500)

Walker’s electric pace hasn’t been a factor for The Three Lions so far due to his more defensive role. However, he’s always a chance to grab an assist with his crossing ability, making him a solid selection.


Note: This article was made prior to the release of team lineups, so make sure to check them when they’re released approximately two hours prior to kick-off.


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