Croatia - Mexico Betting Preview: Expect more defensive heroics from El Tri

Having shut out the highly fancied Brazilians with a masterful defensive display, Al Hain-Cole expects Miguel Herrera's men to emply similar tactics against Vatreni
Mexico and Croatia will go head to head for a place in the last 16 when they meet at the Arena Pernambuco on Monday.

A hard-fought draw against Brazil last time out put Miguel Herrera's side in the driving seat and, needing just a point to go through, they are available at 19/10 (2.90) with William Hill to make sure with a victory.

Having beaten Cameroon 4-0 in their last match, Vatreni are 6/4 (2.50) favourites to leapfrog their opponents by collecting all three points in this one.

In the unlikely event of Brazil losing to Cameroon, a point would be enough to take both sides through and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them sharing the spoils here.

There is no doubt who the hero was in the draw against Brazil as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of eye-catching saves that already have clubs queuing up to secure the free agent's signature after the tournament.

However, credit for securing that second consecutive clean sheet must be shared among the entire team, as their resilient, hard-working performance in going toe-to-toe with such clear favourites now leaves them requiring just a draw to go through.

With this in mind, El Tri are unlikely to take many chances going forward against a team who served up an ominous warning of their efficiency in front of goal in their romp against Cameroon.

Having conceded just two goals in their last four matches, the North Americans are more than capable of frustrating Niko Kovac's men just as they did Brazil, meaning that odds of 10/11 (1.91) are not to be missed on no more than one side finding the net.

That bet would have paid out in each of the last four games for a Mexican side who have found the net just once themselves in that period, as well as two of Croatia's previous three.

'No' on both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.