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Explained: Why England will play UEFA Nations League clash in Croatia in front of empty stadium

Croatia faced Italy here in a Euro 2016 qualifier
Croatia faced Italy here in a Euro 2016 qualifier

England travel to Croatia to play their first away match in the Nations League on Friday - but the fixture will take place behind closed doors.

The match is England's second group game in the Nations League. After losing to Spain 2-1 at Wembley last month, Gareth Southgate's side will be hoping for a positive result against Croatia to boost their hopes of reaching the Nations League finals next summer.

The match will take place in the city of Rijeka. Stadion HNK Rijeka has a capacity of just over 8,000 spectators and Croatia have played there just twice before.


Betting

Croatia to win - 17/10 | Draw - 21/10 | England to win 7/4

Harry Kane to score anytime - Price Boosted to 6/4

Raheem Sterling to score first and England to win 2-1 - 100/1

Luka Modric to score first and either Croatia to win 2-0 or Croatia to win 3-1 - 66/1


Gareth Southgate after signing his England extension
Gareth Southgate recently signed an extension to his England contract

So why is it behind closed doors?

Croatia are serving the second part of their two-game punishment imposed by UEFA after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

They were also deducted a point for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign over the incident - although they still qualified for the France showpiece, going on to lose their last-16 tie to eventual winners Portugal.

"This is sabotage and felony," Tomislav Pacak, a Croatia Football Federation spokesman said at the time, in relation to the swastika.

Their November home tie with Nations League Group A4 rivals Spain will be open to support.

Croatia played the first match of their two-game stadium ban in October 2015, in a fixture with Bulgaria. But they have not had a home fixture in a UEFA competition since.


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Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action1

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

The latest from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

The latest Champions League standings and what teams need to do to qualify3

Champions League permutations

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Sporting Life Price Boost for December 114

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Check out today's Paper Talk5

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