With a talented current crop of players at their disposal, Croatia should be odds-on to qualify out of the group and potentially be a dark horse in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, their woeful form at the end of qualifying is reflected in the 2014 World Cup betting odds. Spain, Chile or Netherlands waiting for them if they reach the Second Round does Croatia's chances no favours either.
HOW CROATIA GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
It's fair to say that Croatia limped to 2014 World Cup qualification - after a campaign which ultimately saw manager Igor Stimic get the boot.
Croatia finished second behind Belgium in Group A, but were unable to win any of their final four group games - which included two surprise defeats to Scotland.
The Playoffs then saw them paired with European minnows Iceland, who Croatia finally beat 2-0 in the Second Leg to progress.
CROATIA MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Following Stimic's removal, longest-serving Croatia captain Niko Kovac was promoted to the role from Croatian Under-21 coach.
Kovac represented Croatia in two World Cups and also captained his side to the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. However, the first-time manager has a hard task trying to match Croatia's best ever finish of Third (1998).
CROATIA KEY PLAYER
Luka Modric is one of Croatia's genuine world-class talents - as his ability, skill and attacking flair saw Real Madrid pay out around £33m to secure the midfielder's services in August 2012.
After being in and out of the team in his first year, this season has seen him become a much more integral part of Madrid's midfield - following Carlo Ancelotti's appointment as manager. Modric has found a rich run of form, since striking up a good central midfield partnership with Xabi Alonso.
With eight goals in his 72 appearances for Croatia so far, Modric's play should also allow his team-mates to raise their games. If he can get them all firing, maybe then Croatia can show what they're really made of this summer.
CROATIA WORLD CUP BETTING TIPS
With 13 yellow cards and one sending off during their 2014 World Cup Qualfying Group A campaign - on top of defender Josip Simunic's 10-game ban - Croatia are definitely no shrinking violets when putting a challenge in. For this reason, there's every chance of them picking up the most bookings in Brazil.
CROATIA WORLD CUP 2014 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa, Danijel Subasic, Oliver Zelenika.
Defenders: Darijo Srna, Dejan Lovren, Vedran Corluka, Gordon Schildenfeld, Danijel Pranjic, Ivan Strinic, Domagoj Vida, Sime Vrsaljko, Igor Bubnjic.
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Niko Kranjcar, Ognjen Vukojevic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Ivo Ilicevic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Mocinic, Mario Pasalic, Sammir.
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic, Ivica Olic, Eduardo da Silva, Nikica Jelavic, Ante Rebic, Duje Cop.