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Russia v Croatia Betting Tips: Super Mario could be the main man in Sochi

3:19 PM WAT 07/07/2018
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Zlatko Dalic's team boast a supremely talented midfield, but our tipster thinks that the Juventus striker could make his mark in Sochi on Saturday

Croatian creativity meets Russian resilience in Sochi on Saturday evening, with both sides vying for a place in the semi-finals.

Zlatko Dalic's side are favourites to make th last four, but, having beaten Spain in the previous round, Stanislav Cherchesov's side will be brimming with belief that they can upset the odds once again.

Hosts to hit the net?

Artem Dzuyba could prove to be a key man if they hosts are to prevail, and bet365 go 11/4 (3.75) that the Zenit St Petersburg striker adds to his three goals so far this summer.

Denis Cheryshev is a 9/2 (5.50) shot to get on the scoresheet for the fourth time this World Cup, although punters should note that the Villarreal man was on the bench against Spain and could be restricted to a bit-part role again.

Another substitute against Spain, Fedor Smolov, is bet365's market leader at 2/1 (3.0) to score at any time, whilst Aleksandr Golovin is 5/1 (6.0) to score his second World Cup goal in this game.

Magical Modric?

Real Madrid lynchpin Luka Modric is as vital for his country as he is for his club and the midfield maestro would dearly love to get amongst the goals here after netting against Argentina.

The 15/4 (4.75) quote on offer from bet365 for Modric to score at any time could well prove popular with punters

Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic is priced up at 3/1 (4.0) with bet365 to score at any time, while Ante Rebic is rated as a 15/4 (4.75) chance with the same firm.

Ivan Rakitic, who got the final goal in his country's 3-0 drubbing of Argentina, could offer decent value at 6/1 (7.0) to get amongst the goals.

Super Mario

Russia, though, may struggle to cope with Mario Mandzukic in attack and it is bet365's 11/2 (6.50) quote for Mandzukic to score first that may offer good value for punters ahead of Saturday's showdown in Sochi.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Mario Mandzukic to score first at 11/2 (6.50) for a 1pt stake with bet365