Greece vs Croatia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

11th November 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

This World Cup qualifying tie is pretty much done and dusted. Croatia produced a fantastic performance to pummel Greece 4-1 in the first leg. The Croats came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and even when the Greeks thought that they had given themselves a lifeline in pulling a goal back, Croatia just stepped it up more and shut the door in their face. This was always going to be a really tough qualifying time for the Greeks and now their path to the World Cup just got a whole lot tougher. There’s little from the first leg to suggest that they will turn this time around.

Greece vs Croatia Odds

Croatia 6/5, Greece 9/4, Draw 23/10

Greece vs Croatia Betting Tips

Greece’s hopes of reaching the World Cup next summer lie in tatters pretty much. They went to Zagreb on Thursday night, hoping to keep things tight, but that was a major misfire by them. They produced some pretty terrible defending and couldn’t handle anything that Croatia threw at them and they subsequently lost 4-1. History is against them now as well because never before has a team managed to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit in a World Cup play off. They were made to look very poor by the quality and sheer determination of Croatia to get to Russia next summer.

But can they win this home leg even though it probably wouldn’t be anywhere near to the kind of making that they would need to qualify? Well, Greece are unbeaten from their three previous home games against Croatia with a W2 D1 record from three. They only suffered one defeat on home soil in the group stage of World Cup qualifying with a W2 D2 L1 record. But then, Greece have actually won just one of their last five games on home soil (competitive and friendly). The shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market for the game is the 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a Croatia 1-0 at 6/1.

Even though Greece needs goals, Croatia can take this easy and the evidence was there from the first leg that they can keep the home side at arm’s length. Under 2.5 goals with bet365 has to be a good option at a price of 3/4 and that is because the tie is over with Croatia having won it already pretty much. They are arguably the best of the eight sides in the play offs and that showed clearly on Thursday. It is unlikely that they will give Greece much of an opportunity to get back at them.

Mario Mandzukic is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite for the match. Croatia have actually lost two of their last three competitive away games (W1 L2) having suffered defeats against Turkey and Iceland in the group stage away from home. So it’s not red hot away form from them. Things are level in the previous head to head between the two nations, with two wins each and three draws. Croatia are likely going to close this out easily and Croatia to win to nil at bet365 is a price of 5/2.

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