Croatia v Mexico Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

22nd June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
Croatia v Mexico

Croatia v Mexico Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

This was expected to be the big clash for the second qualifying spot behind Brazil in Group A and that is exactly what it has come down to. It isn’t quite a winner takes all scenario because Mexico will qualify if they can hold out for a draw. That is because they pretty much picked up a bonus point in holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw in their second group match, so Croatia, fired by Mario Mandzukic are running as favourites to get the win that they have to post to get themselves in the mix.

The difference between the two sides is that Croatia have firepower. They thumped Cameroon 4-0 while Mexico struggled to open up the poor defence of the Indomitable Lions. Croatia were blessed to get Mario Mandzukic back for the game against Cameroon, and he netted a brace from his two shots on target in the game. He is a massive threat in the air which could come into play against Mexico and Mandzukic is 5/4 favorite in the anytime goalscorer market and looks bags of value. The backup option is Ivica Olic at 9/4 for the Croatians.

Croatia have won two of the three previous meetings with Mexico, losing one and they have never conceded more than one goal in a game against the Mexicans. However, they have never managed to win their final group game at a World Cup (D1 L2). But they looked a very confident side against Cameroon and are worth backing in the match outright. Mexico haven’t won their final group match at a World Cup since 1986, so they are pretty much in the same boat. They could actually get through to the knockout stage with only having scored one goal.

It was Mexico who took the win in their most recent meeting with Croatia, which was back in 2002, the winning goal coming from the penalty spot. Mexico don’t have a great record against European opposition, as they have only won seven of their 30 World Cup games against UEFA sides. They don’t have the firepower that Croatia do, they aren’t as neat of a side, nor as defensively sound. Mexico have only won one of their last four matches now, an in contrast to that, Croatia have posted a W4 D1 L1 record. Is it sound enough to see the Europeans through? Could be a tight match and going under 2.5 goals would probably be the best way to approach this one.

Croatia v Mexico Odds

Croatia 6/4, Mexico 2/1, Draw 12/5

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Croatia v Mexico Betting Tips

Mexico haven’t conceded yet, so go under 2.5 goals for this one

Mario Mandzukic is a big threat and value in the anytime goalscorer market

Croatia are strong value in the match outright to get the win

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