Wales v Croatia Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 2014 World Cup Qualifier

24th March 2013 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Wales v Croatia Betting Preview
Can Wales build upon their success in Scotland? Wales came from a goal down in the snow to take a 2-1 win and now they take some confidence back to Cardiff with them. Wales are now sat in third place in Group A, and they are still a long way back of a top two place. Croatia, in second place in the group, go to Wales seven points clear of Tuesday night’s hosts, so even a defeat would leave the visitors comfortable. It is unlikely at this point that Wales will muscle their way into the top two, but at least they can play for pride and for the future.

Wales v Croatia Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Croatia 8/11, Draw 5/2, Wales 4/1

Wales v Croatia Recommended Bet:
The Welsh can at least celebrate the fact that they are moving in the right direction, after completing the group double over the fragile Scots. Despite being a goal down in the snow in Glasgow, the Welsh fought back for a win. But it was more the Scots shooting themselves in the foot in the end, because while Wales were the more dominant side, they still have trouble getting on the scoresheet. The goals they netted, one of them a penalty, were thanks to Scotland’s down fall. That could spell trouble for them against Croatia, who have a very mean defence. Gareth Bale was pulled off at half time against Scotland with a small knock, but should be ready to play his part in Cardiff against Croatia. Wales have only managed five goals in their first five matches so far, four of those coming in the two games against the Scottish. At the other end, they have conceded at an average of over two goals per game. Aaron Ramsey will be out after picking upa red card at the end of the Scotland game. Wales will be firm underdogs, despite home advantage.

That is because Croatia are a very good side. They have a great balance between aerial power and strength and technique on the deck. They have won four out of their first five matches, picking up a composed win over rivals Serbia on Friday night. They are still well in the hunt for top spot, sitting level on points with Belgium, so there can be no let up for them. It should be the motivation which gives them the edge on Tuesday night. Defensively, Croatia are very strong having conceded just two goals during qualification so far. They have the ability to silence the passionate Welsh crowd.

Croatia are the better team of the two and that’s not really in question. The spirit of Wales though could play a big part in this one to level the playing field a bit. It could be worth taking a Draw/Croatia Half Time/Full Time bet for a look at some value at 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Wales v Croatia Head To Head
Only three times before have the two sides met, just once competitively. That was the meeting in Osijek earlier in the group, with Croatia cruising to a 2-0 win. This will be the first time that Wales will have hosted Croatia before, and the other two matches, friendly internationals produced another win for Croatia and a draw. Wales have scored just once in those three meetings.

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