After suffering an unfortunate defeat in controversial circumstances against Brazil, Al Hain-Cole expects Vatreni to bounce back in emphatic style against below-par opponents
Niko Kovac's men were unfortunate to come away empty-handed from their opening match against Brazil but are 4/7 (1.57) favourites with bet365 to pick up three points today.
On the other hand, the Indomitable Lions will have been relieved to only go down 1-0 in their match against Mexico and are now 11/2 (6.50) outsiders to claim a first World Cup win since 2002.
The teams will have been disappointed to see the Mexicans hold out for a draw against group favourites Brazil last night, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them also sharing the spoils here.
Vatreni looked on course to pull off a huge opening day upset when they took an early lead against the holders, only to eventually fall behind to a penalty decision that their coach described as "ridiculous" before having a goal controversially disallowed.
Conversely, their opponents were grateful that two seemingly legitimate Mexican goals were chalked off as they got away with losing by too slender a deficit to truly represent their inferiority throughout the game.
However, with star striker Mario Mandzukic back in the team after suspension, the Croatians should prove less forgiving on Volker Finke's men as they look to record a resounding victory that would put them back in the hunt for a place in the last 16.
With talisman Samuel Eto'o now looking unlikely to feature after suffering a recurrence of a long-standing knee injury, it would not be too surprising if Cameroon were on the wrong side of a scoreline similar to their 5-1 friendly defeat against Portugal earlier on this year.
With this in mind, odds of 6/4 (2.50) are well worth backing on Croatia bringing their African opponents' World Cup campaign to a premature end by coming out on top by at least two goals.
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|Croatia (-1) to win for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365
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