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France v Croatia Betting Tips: Griezmann to prove the man for the big occasion once again

2:31 PM WAT 15/07/2018
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Having played an integral role in Les Bleus' progress through the knockout stages, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Atletico Madrid striker to shine again

Having kept Harry Kane at bay in the semi-final victory over England, Croatia’s defence will need to be on top form when they face France’s supremely talented frontline in Sunday’s World Cup final.

Antoine Griezmann’s two goals and two assists since the group stages mean he has been involved in more goals at the knockout stages of major tournaments than any French player in 50 years, overtaking Zinedine Zidane.

In such form, it is no surprise the Atletico Madrid star is bet365’s 4/1 (5.00) favourite to prove the man for the big occasion once again by opening the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium.

As the designated penalty taker, odds of 8/5 (2.60) certainly look like solid value on him maintaining his strong form by scoring anytime.

Despite his consistent performances, Griezmann has been somewhat overshadowed by rising star Kylian Mbappe, who is priced at 2/1 (3.0) to become the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele in 1958.

Olivier Giroud is a firm favourite of Didier Deschamps despite failing to have a single shot on target in Russia so far, but can be backed at 9/4 (3.25) to repay his manager’s faith by finally getting off the mark at the best possible moment.

Having contributed two goals and an assist himself in the knockout stages, Mario Mandzukic will hope to play a key role at the other end of the pitch for Zlatko Dalic’s team.

The Juventus forward struck the dramatic extra-time winner against England to get the Vatreni to the final, and is their 9/1 (10.0) favourite to break the deadlock, or 15/4 (4.75) to strike anytime.

Mandzukic was joined on the scoresheet by Ivan Perisic, who is available at 5/1 (6.0) to take his tally to three goals this tournament, while Luka Modric’s 6/1 (7.00) anytime price could prove fruitful should Croatia be awarded a penalty.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Griezmann to score anytime at 8/5 (2.60) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365