Having shut out the highly-fancied Brazilians with a masterful defensive display, Al Hain-Cole expects Miguel Herrera's men to employ similar tactics against the Europeans
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 but they are available at 19/10 (2.90) with William Hill to make sure of qualification with a victory.
Having beaten Cameroon 4-0 in their last match, meanwhile, Croatia 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 then 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 signature of the free-agent after the tournament.
However, credit for securing that second consecutive clean sheet must be shared among the entire team, with their resilient, hard-working performance against such clear favourites now leaving 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 that 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 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 that have found the net just once themselves in that period, as well as two of Croatia's last 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.