Croatia v Denmark Betting Tips: Back Modric to put in another captain's performance

Having covered for his misfiring strikers by hitting the net twice so far in Russia, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Vatreni skipper to strike once again

Having conceded just one goal apiece in the group stages, Croatia and Denmark are unlikely to provide too much excitement when they clash in the World Cup last 16.

Although he has failed to find the net so far in Russia, Mario Mandzukic is bet365's 5/1 (6.00) favourite to open the scoring in Nizhny Novgorod, and 2/1 (3.00) to strike anytime.

However, with fellow striker Andrej Kramaric 12/5 (3.40) also yet to get on target, the Vatreni may have to look to their supremely talented midfield for a breakthrough once again.

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Captain Luka Modric has led by example by scoring in two of the three group games, and his set piece responsibilities make anytime odds of 4/1 (5.00) look all the more generous in what is set to be a tight game.

Also off the mark in the group stages, Ivan Perisic 13/5 (3.60) and Ivan Rakitic 6/1 (7.00) are both likely to pose a threat as the second and third top scorers in Zlatko Dalic's squad.

It is a similar situation for Age Hareide's team, who have only scored two goals in Russia - neither of them courtesy of a striker.

Without an international goal in 10 games, Feyenoord's Nicolai Jorgensen hardly offers much temptation at 9/1 (10.00) first goalscorer odds, nor 15/4 (4.75) anytime.

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Andreas Cornelius and Kasper Dolberg were largely restricted to the bench during the group stages, making their respective 15/4 (4.75) and 7/2 (4.50) anytime odds also look uninspiring.

Instead, the pressure is on Christian Eriksen to maintain the prolific form that guided his country to the World Cup and saw him hit the net against Australia.

With 13 goals to his name in his last 16 games for Denmark, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder surely represents their best bet at those same 15/4 (4.75) odds in what promises to be a tight match.

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Betting Banner - Best Bet Modric to score anytime at 4/1 (5.00) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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