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Wales v Croatia: Draw may be best the Dragons can hope for

| 26.03.2013

Wales’ victory over Scotland last time out reignited their World Cup qualification hopes, even if they do remain far-fetched.

As 4/1 underdogs to victor in this bout though, the home side’s chances could be quelled just as easily, as they aim to close a seven-point gap between themselves and second-place Croatia.

The visitors are favoured to extend their advantage over the Dragons though, hence their 8/11 price to triumph.

Thus, against a side that have won five of their past six games, including their last four in succession, a draw at 5/2 may be the best that Wales can hope for.

Gareth Bale’s fitness is a massive plus for the hosts, after the Tottenham ace’s recovery from a stomach issue that hindered his performance in Wales’ defeat of Scotland.

Indeed, Welsh boss Chris Coleman has predicted that his midfield battle with Croat star Luka Modric could decide the clash, with the ex-Spurs team-mates appearing the stand-out performers of either side.

Bale, who has four goals in his past five international appearances, is 6/1 to open the scoring here, whilst Modric, who has a penchant for the occasional wonder-strike, provides each-way first scorer value at 14/1.

But even with Bale lining up, Wales could have their work cut out in breaking down their sturdy visitors at the Liberty Stadium.

All but one of Croatia’s Group A victories have seen them win without conceding, and they bested the Welsh without being breached also.

Therefore, those confident in an away win could do worse than to take the 33/20 odds that it is achieved in the absence of a home strike.

It should also be noted that the Blazers have most frequently prevailed by a 2-0 scoreline in their qualifying campaign, with this the result they overcame Wales by in the reverse fixture.

13/2 is the price regarding a 2-0 away success, and that correct score bet could prove fruitful.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee