Preview: Croatia vs. Wales

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Sports Mole looks ahead to Wales's trip to Croatia in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

Wales's World Cup qualification hopes were given a shot in the arm on Friday as two late Gareth Bale goals gave them a vital 2-1 win over Scotland in Cardiff.

A defeat in that game would have seen Chris Coleman become the first manager in the country's history to lose his first six matches in a row, but Bale's brace finally got their campaign off the mark.

They're likely to face a stern challenge in Ojisek on Tuesday against a Croatian team who have yet to be beaten in their opening three fixtures.

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder David Edwards has returned to the squad following an absence for family reasons and is likely to go straight into the side in place of the suspended Aaron Ramsey. Meanwhile, the visitors have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the encounter.

Croatia are likely to be unchanged for the contest at the Stadion Gradski vrt following their 2-1 win over Macedonia on Friday.

Current form:

Croatia: DLLWDW
Wales: LLLLLW

Possible lineups:

Croatia: Pletikosa; Srna, Strinic, Simunic, Corluka; Perisic, Rakitic, Modric, Vukojevic; Jelavic, Mandzukic

Wales: Price; Williams, Davies, Gunter, Ledley; Blake, Edwards, Vaughan, Allen, Bale; Morison

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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