Scotland v Croatia Preview

October 14, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredWorld Cup Qualification action Tuesday Night comes from Hampden Park Stadium featuring Scotland versus Croatia.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Scotland v Croatia Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Tuesday 15th October 2013

Scotland will have been extremely dissapointed with their performances during this group stage qualification to next summers World Cup Finals in Brazil as manager Gordon Strachan and his side have only managed two wins from their previous nine matches played and any chance of qualification disappeared many months ago.

Croatia have secured a second place finish in the group, despite what happens in this game against Scotland on tuesday night and I would expect to see manager Igor Stimac take this opportunity to give some of his younger players involved in the squad a chance to shine.

Scotland v Croatia Team News

Scotland Team News:

The hosts will definitely be without Jordan Rhodes who withdrew from the squad with a groin strain, but other than that manager Gordon Strachan has a full squad to choose from for this game.

Croatia Team News:

The Croatian manager Igor Stimac has a number of players on yellow cards for this final game of the group and so it does look more likely than not that Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric will be rested for this one.

Scotland v Croatia Head to Head Statistics

Tuesday night’s game from Hampden Park Stadium will become just the 5th meeting between the two nations over the years, of which Scotland have won 1 times, Croatia have won 0 times and there has been 3 draws.

The head to head statistics table below shows the previous 3 matches played between the two nations having ended all square.

07/06/13 WQE Croatia – Scotland
0 : 1
26/03/08 FRI Scotland – Croatia
1 : 1
01/09/01 WQE Scotland – Croatia
0 : 0
11/10/00 WQE Croatia – Scotland
1 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

5 goals have been scored during the previous 4 matches which gives us with an average goals per game statistic of 1.25 which suggests we are unlikely to see  many goals scored during this game on Tuesday night.

Scotland v Croatia Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Scotland: L W L L W

Croatia: L W D W L

Very little seperates the two teams on the recent form statistics with both having each won two of their last five games.

Scotland v Croatia Match Betting Odds Market.

Scotland are currently a best price of 12/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game on tuesday night and with having an excellent record against their opponents in which they remain unbeaten and having home advantage, these odds could turn out to be huge value.

The Draw has been a regular result betweent these two countries over the years and with neither having anything left to play for now in the group, this could turn out to be a very boring 0-0 draw, so odds of 9/4 with SkyBet (£5 Free Bets Each Week for New Customers) could turn out to be a sensible choice.

Croatia certainly have the stronger squad available, but with them having already secured 2nd place in the group we could see manager Igor Stimac use this game as an opportunity to give some of his younger players a chance to gain some vital experience and as such their odds of 6/5 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) do look a bit short.

Scotland v Croatia Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Croatia will hope to use this game as the perfect warmup preparation for their World Cup play-off match, but with many of the squad carrying a yellow card it would come as a huge shock to see these players involved on tuesday night as another booking would see them miss out of the play-off, so I am not expecting Igor Stimac to play anything like his strongest side for this one.

That does provide Scotland with a great chance of being able to win this game and a victory on tuesday night would mean that Scotland would record a famous double over their opponents having already beaten them in the reverse fixture over in Zagreb.

The goal statistics suggest that we should not see many goals scored if at all during this game, so betting markets like Both Teams to Score No, Under 2.5 Goals and First Goal Time could all produce some additional value here.

The Verdict

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