Scotland - Croatia Betting Preview: Visitors are good value to make early breakthrough

Gordon Strachan's men will be looking to complete a double over Igor Stimac's side but our Scottish tipster expects the visitors to find the net in the first half at Hampden Park
Scotland will look to end a disappointing World Cup 2014 qualification campaign on a high note when they take on Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

Gordon Strachan's side ran out as shock 1-0 winners when these sides went head-to-head in Zagreb back in June and the Scots are chalked up at 12/5 (3.40) with William Hill to claim another victory over Croatia when they meet again in Glasgow.

Croatia slumped to a home defeat against Belgium on Friday night but, with a play-off place already assured, the visitors will be in relaxed mood ahead of Tuesday's tussle and look decent value at 6/5 (2.20) with William Hill to take revenge on the Scots here. The draw is priced up at 11/5 (3.20) with the same firm.

Scotland have collected just two points from four home matches in qualification thus far, while it should be noted that Strachan's side have won just one of their last seven competitive fixtures at home so Hampden Park is no longer the fortress that it once was for the Scots.

Just one of Scotland's last five competitive fixtures on home soil has seen more than two goals scored and, with that in mind, there may be value in backing fewer than three goals to be scored on Tuesday at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill.

Following defeat against Strachan's men in June, Croatia may feel that they have a point to prove here and could come out of the traps quickly on Tuesday.

Therefore, the even money (2.0) quote for Croatia to score their first goal inside the opening 45 minutes looks to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters.

Robert Snodgrass scored the only goal of the game when these sides met in June and William Hill have a special "headline offer" of 8/1 (9.0) that the Norwich City midfielder scores at any time in a win for the home side.

Croatia backers may be tempted by the 7/2 (4.50) quote from William Hill for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic to score at any time in a victory for the visitors while the 11/2 (6.50) on offer from the same firm for the 27-year-old frontman to score first is sure to appeal to value-hunters.

Croatia to score in the first-half at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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