Soccer Picks: Scotland vs. Croatia

Mike Richardson

Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:33 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 6:33 PM UTC

Is that money I see before me or is it just more World Cup qualifiers when Scotland host Croatia?

Actually, it's both, because your Humble Handicapper has the pick of the soccer picks and the soccer odds from the sportsbooks in this match.

I love Scotland, I love haggis and I love whiskey, I even have a bit of a soft spot for redheads, however Scotland as a footballing nation is a long way away from the Scotland of Mel Gibson's Braveheart. FREEEEEEEDDOMM!!

Enough with the pro-Scottish comments…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

Scotland have won two of their last five games and lost the three had been outscored eight goals to find in these five games and are not really a force to be reckoned with. Still Croatia lost their most recent match 1-2 at home to Belgium. It makes little difference to the Group A Table as Belgium  are top on 25 points and Croatia are second on 17, while Serbia are third on 11. Nothing is going to change in the last group game.

Your Humble Handicapper has had a good long hard look at the soccer odds that this match and the best odds can find on Scotland coming out on top are 9/4. A Croatian victory is at 6/5 and the game ending drawn as a 23/10.

You might think that is being a little bit generous to the Scots but Croatia have won two the last six games lost three and drawn the other, the very definition of an evenly spread side. The other side of that coin is that Scotland has home advantage which is one reason why the bookies are offering up such soccer odds on the Tartan Army.

The last meeting between the two sides was a high point for Scotland as they managed a 1-0 away win if you think they'll do the same you can get odds of 10/1, while a reverse of that score is at 11/2 in Croatia's favour.

Scotland are sitting in 5th place with just 8 points, 17 off top place Belgium and can kiss their Brazilian adventure goodbye.

All of the most up-to-date and best soccer odds will be available closer to kick off at the SBR Forum, put your humble handicapper is going to stick to his prediction and put his mouth where his money usually is with his predictions.

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However for my love of all things Scottish, not just their whiskey I'm backing back Scotland to come out of this game for our free pick, but I don't think it can be a particularly pretty or impressive results.

Free Soccer Picks: 1-0 to Scotland available at 10/1 with ladbrokes

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