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Croatia v Wales: Welsh revival will come to a swift end

Chris Coleman has struggled since becoming the boss

"Strikers, Nikica Jelavić and Mario Mandžukić are in decent form for their respective clubs and they will provide a tough test for a Welsh defence that shipped six goals in their last away match."

Back Croatia/Croatia in the Half Time/Full Time Market @ 1.9110/11
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.865/6

Wales travel to Croatia for a crucial clash in Group A of World Cup Qualification and Paul Robinson has been running his eye over the Betfair markets.

Croatia are second in the group, level on points with the much-fancied Belgium at the top. Igor Štimac has settled into his role of manager well and a pair of victories over Macedonia sandwiched an impressive draw in Brussels.

Strikers, Nikica Jelavić and Mario Mandžukić are in decent form for their respective clubs and they will provide a tough test for a Welsh defence that shipped six goals in their last away match.

Wales haven't been the same since the tragic death of Gary Speed, however they did achieve their first win under new boss, Chris Coleman, against Scotland on Friday. In truth, the Welsh were fortunate to come out on top in that game and without the phenomenal talent of Gareth Bale they would be lost.

The Croats are available to back at 1.341/3 but given the current plights of the two sides, I'm more inclined to back them to be leading at half time and full time at 1.9110/11.

I think there is also plenty of value in over 2.5 goals at the 1.865/6 mark as not only do Croatia have a formidable strikeforce, they also have Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield. What makes the price even more appealing is that in Bale, Wales have a world-class talent who can score against anyone, anytime.

Recommended Bets
Back Croatia/Croatia in the Half Time/Full Time Market @ 1.9110/11
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.865/6

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14 October 2012

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