The English have every reason to approach the opening match with positive thoughts, as they have the home soil advantage, and are currently enjoying six matches positive run in all competitions, so reasonably enough, the bookies are considering them as strong favorites.
An interesting fact is that England never won their opening match in the UEFA European Championship, but doing so here would certainly fire up a team atmosphere, and I definitely see them being aggressive against the visitors from Croatia.
They can’t count at defender Alexander-Arlold (13/1, Liverpool), Dier (45/3, Tottenham), midfielder Lingard (29/4, Man Utd) and forward Abraham (6/1, Chelsea) compared to previous call-ups. Defender Maguire (32/3, Man Utd) and offensive Saka (5/1, Arsenal) are doubtful for the moment.
Tottenham is coming to this EFL Cup semi-finals after they routinely defeated Leeds last time out at home, outplaying them with a 3:0 result.
The hosts had the ball possession disadvantage but performed quite well via counters successfully taking the double lead from the penalty executed by Kane in the 29th and over Son Heung-Min later on during the first part.
A similar play was seen in the continuation, as the home side added one more to the scoreline in the 50th over Alderweireld while being able to keep their sheet clean for the rest of the clash.
Tottenham needed this victory to boost their morale, as they were on a four matches winless streak in the Premier League, currently occupying 4th place in the overall standings.
Huddersfield did a great job last time out at home against Blackburn when they come victorious with a 2:1 result, despite being considered as underdogs.
After a pretty passive first part when not much of the action has been seen, the hosts appeared better with the ball in the second, successfully taking the lead in the 53rd over Sarr. The visitors did manage to level up in the 86th, but Sarr showed great mood, as he was effective once again in the 90th minute and secured the victory for the home side.
Huddersfield is at 12th place in the rankings, safely positioned in the middle, but being competitive for the playoff places, at least for now.
Everton did just enough to record a close 0:1 away victory in the last match against Sheffield United, continuing their impressive four matches winning streak.
They had the initiative during the first part but lacked ideas how to be more concrete in the attack. The hosts looked pretty absent in the continuation of the match, so the visitors had plenty of time to organize attack that will result in them taking the lead. They managed to do so in the 80th minute after a great team’s effort, as they scored over Sigurdsson, and took all three in this encounter.
Everton is at 4th place in the overall standings, looking quite impressive this season, lacking only three points compared to leaders from Liverpool.
Huddersfield was close to taking a point in the last round against Barnsley away, but they, unfortunately, come with a 2:1 defeat.
They opened the match in a better way, taking the lead in the 13th minute over Edmonds-Green, but the celebration was short-lived, as they conceded an equalizer eight minutes later. As mentioned, this clash was very close to a draw, but the hosts showed a more aggressive play in the second part, successfully adding one more to the scoreboard in the third minute of added time, taking points deservedly.
Huddersfield is at 14th place in the rankings, quite safe from the red zone, but not in a position to be competitive for playoff leading places.
Everton did just enough in their latest clash against Sheffield Utd when they recorded a victory with a minimal result, playing away from home.
They had the initiative in the first part but lacked more concentration at the finishing, as they missed a couple of decent opportunities, but even though they appeared slightly passive in the second, the visitors did manage to add one to the scoreline in the 80th over Sigurdsson and secure their victory.
Everton is in great shape this season in the Premier League, currently being at 2nd place in the standings, lacking only two points for leaders from Liverpool.
Walsall couldn’t do much more in the previous game played in League One, as the side visited Wigan, side that is fired up for promotion this season and does well for now, staying defeated with a 2:0 result, without properly showing their best possible potential in offense. Hosts opened the game better, reached the leading goal in 30th minute via Grigg and sealing the victory in 54th with another goal from the same player however this time via penalty kick.
It was second consecutive game without victory for Walsall, as they remained without only one in last six matches in League One. Currently are at sixteenth positin with thirteen points earned which is four more than relegating worries sides for now. During the midweek, they suffered defeat on a penalty kicks in Checkatrade Trophy at home against Coventry after a 2:2 draw in first ninety minutes.
Home team will miss important forward Tyler Roberts (7/3) who is with U21 national selection.