Croatia v Mexico looks like being a key battle in Recife and the victor could well be the side to qualify for the Second Round with probable Group A winners Brazil.
The sides look closely matched on paper and the bookies are also having a hard time separating them, but Mexico's ability to handle the heat could tilt the game in their favour. Croatia are slight favourites to win in Recife, meaning punters can get a fair price on Mexico to win in the Match Odds, while a bet on them to beat Blazers 2-1 makes plenty of appeal in the Correct Score market.
Oribe Peralta's performances for Mexico in qualification for the World Cup make him a solid choice in the First Goalscorer market, while Javier Hernandez also has appeal if starting the game. Croatia's Mario Mandzukic will be their main attacking outlet and he could well score first, but midfielder Ivan Rakitić has an eye for goal and looks nicely priced as an Anytime Goalscorer.
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