Competition: World Cup playoff
Market: Croatia to beat Greece
Odds: 23/20 @ Bet365
The World Cup playoffs reach the highest pressure point in the final round of matches. Every side still has a chance to reach the showpiece event in Russia next summer, but for some it is far more likely. However, in these pressure games, big teams become nervous and underdogs find that winning touch. With this in mind, Croatia travel to play Greece in the second-leg of their playoff.
Greece finished Group H in second-place following a solid campaign. Five wins, four draws and just one defeat means that they managed to collect 19 points in total, with Belgium bossing the group after accumulating 28 points. However, their good qualifying campaign counted for nothing against Croatia as their opponents tore Greece apart. The 4-1 scoreline could have been more, but while many have written Greece off completely in the tie, they will still feel that there is the slightest of chance that they can qualify still.
For Croatia, it was a superb evening as they romped to a 4-1 win. They were surprisingly beaten to first-place by Iceland in Group I, with the top side taking 22 points to Croatia’s 20. However, they have managed to put this disappointment to one side and they look like a relatively safe bet to make it through to the World Cup in Russia next summer. Greece’s away goal is a point of worry for Croatia, but they will back themselves to see off their hosts on Sunday. With this in mind, we are backing Croatia to beat Greece in this game, with Bet365 giving them odds of 23/20 to win.
Bet: Croatia to beat Greece in Sunday’s World Cup playoff: 23/20 @ Bet365>>
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