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World Cup Betting Tips: Industry-best price on Messi to score against Croatia

18:03 EAT 21/06/2018
Lionel Messi Argentina
The Barcelona star is yet to get off the mark at the tournament but is set to shine against a side he has scored against on two separate occasions

Lionel Messi will be determined to make amends for his penalty miss against Iceland when Argentina take on Croatia on Thursday evening.

The Barcelona man can be backed at 11/10 (2.10) to score against Zlatko Dalic’s men but dabblebet have boosted him to an industry-best 7/5 (2.40). Max stake £20, T&Cs apply.

This price is available to all customers, both new and existing, and can be backed by clicking on any of the relevant links on this page and placing your bet as normal on dabblebet.com.

Although Messi largely failed to impress against Iceland and had a poor spot kick saved by Hannes Halldorsson, his talent cannot be denied and he is always a threat.

The 30-year-old has 64 goals for Argentina and five of these have come in the World Cup, including four in 2014 when he led his country to the final.

As if almost serendipitously, Messi’s first international goal came against Croatia in a pre-2006 World Cup friendly, although the Europeans went on to win 3-2 that night.

He also found the net on his second appearance against the Blazers, netting the winner in a 2-1 success three years ago, and will be determined to make it three in three in Nizhny Novgorod.

The focus on eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo and his four goals in this World Cup is sure to also add fuel to Messi’s fire, with the Argentine looking to stake his claim for the Golden Boot by getting off the mark here.

The 7/5 (2.40) quote on Messi to score anytime against Croatia is set to be a popular market as the South Americans aim to find their first win of the tournament.