World Cup Soccer Betting: Croatia vs. Mexico

World Cup Soccer Betting:  Croatia vs. Mexico

Group A action for Monday as Croatia and Mexico play in a crucial game for both sides. Croatia opened the tournament with the unenviable task of facing Brazil but were very competitive. The game was much closer than the final score indicates but some questionable calls by officials allowed Brazil to gain some separation late in the second half. Mexico has played very well so far and held Brazil to a scoreless draw in their last game. This was a draw that ‘felt like a win’ to Mexico and should boost their confidence going forward.

Croatia responded well to the loss to Brazil as they came out and trounced hapless Cameroon 4-0. Not many changes in the lineup are expected from the Cameroon game and certainly Mexico will provide a stronger test. Croatia is a very balanced side though their strengths are their midfield play and offensive attack. They have a decent defense, however, so their solid play up front shouldn’t be construed as meaning that they’re careless in their own end of the field. Croatia has faced Mexico on three previous occasions with two wins and a draw.

Mexico is something of an enigmatic team. They didn’t look particularly good in the qualification stage but have been a different team since arriving in Brazil. They’ve been especially impressive on defense and have yet to allow a goal in the competition thanks to their good tactical play in their own end and the goaltending skills of Guillermo Ochoa. As noted above their draw against Brazil was a result that ‘felt more like a win’ and the Mexican team enters this contest brimming with confidence knowing they can compete with anyone in the world.

These are both very good teams and in a perfect world would both advance to the knockout stages. Unfortunately that is unlikely to happen so this becomes a crucial contest for both sides. Croatia needs to ‘press the attack’ more while Mexico can be more conservative. These tendencies will likely negate each other as often happens when a good offense plays a good defense. We’ll look for a low scoring draw.