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Croatia v Mexico: Everton’s Croatian target primed to score

| 22.06.2014

Croatia head into their final Group A clash looking to springboard above Mexico with a victory that will seal their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The North American side shouldn’t be just playing to avoid defeat though, as their own triumph would help them move into the last 16 as group winners, provided Brazil’s unconvincing campaign continues to stutter against Cameroon.

Either way a riveting encounter, in line with the tournament’s entertaining rhetoric, is expected and our best three bets to accompany the clash are listed in glorious detail below:

Ivan Perisic to score at any time @ 10/3

Croatia’s winger has enjoyed an impressive World Cup so far, catching Everton’s attention in the process.

The 25-year-old bagged the second goal in his country’s 4-0 rout of Cameroon last time out. The strike was his fourth in the famous red-and-white checks of his nation, but his third in four appearances for Vatreni.

The match to be a draw @ 9/4

While both would clearly prefer a win, but the stats suggest that neither will get the three points they crave.

Mexico haven’t won their final World Cup group game since 1986, a span of five straight tournaments while Croatia have never won any of their three swansongs having lost twice and drawn once.

Croatia to keep a clean sheet @ 21/10

These sides have met three times over the course of their history and Mexico have never managed to score more than once in any of those games.

Miguel Herrera’s side have taken a defence-first approach to this World Cup, something that they became regimented in during the warm-up friendlies.

As a result, El Tri have only managed to find the net once in their last four international matches.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.