Mexico vs Croatia 06/23/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group A Pick and Preview
Croatia vs Mexico
Monday 23rd June 2014 21:00(GMT)
The Line: Mexico 9/5 Draw 23/10 Croatia 13/8 See the Latest Odds
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This group has been one of the most interesting to look at, Mexico put in two very good performances so far. The Mexicns dominated Cameroon and the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Africans as Mexico had two perfectly good goals ruled out. Star men for the Mexicans so far have been the keeper Ochoa, Marquez and Dio Dos Santos. Inexplicably Chicarito has been forced into a super sub role but he was far more effective that Peralta when he came on in both games. Mexico may be relying on the Manchester United man to stay in the tournament tonight as Croatia look like a dangerous opponent.
If Croatia had Mario Mandzukich in the opening game against Brazil thisGroup may have had a completely different complexion. The brilliant Bayern Munich striker scored twice against Cameroon , set up the first goaland was involved in the set up play for the second. WIth Mandzucich and Modric the Croatians have two genuinely world class players. The Croatianswill dominate midfield possession tonight but it may come down to whether or not they can beat the Mexican keeper Ochoa who was simply superb against Brazil.
Although Mexico have been involved in to low scoring affairs thus far I cant help but feel this game is going to turn into a shoot out tonight. I think Croatia have the players to open up Mexico and in Mandzukich they have what Brazil lacked a genuine goalscoring center forward. Its a tough game to pick a winner but I'm going to go with Croatia. I fancied them to do enough to get through the Group pre tournament and althoughI have been impressed with Mexico I have been equally as impressed with Croatia and feel that the bad refereeing decision in the opening game has left Croatia in the situation they find themselvesnow. Croatia must win to advance and I think they get it done here. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo