A World Cup full of surprises comes to a close on Sunday, with France and Croatia left vying to lift the most prized trophy in the world. Belgium and England will look to close their tournaments on a high note in the Third place playoff on Saturday, so let’s take a closer look at the top targets and values for the final two games of the 2018 World Cup.
Antoine Griezmann, France vs. Croatia, $9,400 – Griezmann assisted on the game-winner to put France in the final and he’s racked up 16 points or more in three straight games. His share of set pieces adds to his fantasy appeal and he’s hitting his stride at just the right time. With the most coveted trophy in the world on the line, we can expect him to be involved once more.
Others to Consider – Harry Kane, England ($9,800); Romelu Lukaku, Belgium ($8,000); Ivan Perisic, Croatia ($7,400)
Nacer Chadli, Belgium vs. England, $4,900 – Chadli took all five of Belgium’s corner kicks in their semifinal loss to France, delivering 11 crosses in the process. It’s yet to be seen what kind of lineup rotation is in order for the playoff for third place, but if Chadli retains his spot in the lineup and resumes his role on corner kicks, he makes for a strong value in what is likely to be a more open game than the Final.
Others to Consider – Mario Mandzukic, Croatia ($6,300); Olivier Giroud, ($5,900); Ante Rebic, Croatia ($5,100)
Luka Modric, Croatia vs. France ($7,600) – With uncertainty surrounding what lineup Belgium will rollout in the consolation game, Modric gives us a set-piece taking midfielder that we can confidently build a lineup around. With France favored, if they grab a lead match flow would force Modric to attack more, and with the World Cup on the line it’s hard to envision a scenario where he doesn’t top double digit points.
Others to Consider – Kylian Mbappe, France ($8,500); Eden Hazard, Belgium ($8,900); Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium ($8,100)
Paul Pogba, France vs. Croatia ($5,400) – More value could open up with lineup rotation expected out of Belgium and England, but Pogba still jumps out as a player to consider in tournaments given his price and ability to contribute points on both sides of the ball. He’s yet to exceed six points in any game this tournament, but plays a pivotal role in the France midfield and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him emerge with a big game in the Final.
Others to Consider – Ivan Rakitic, Croatia ($4,500); Youri Tielemans, Belgium ($4,100)
Trent Alexander-Arnold, England vs. Belgium ($5,100) – Alexander-Arnold should slot in for the injured Kieran Trippier, and impressed in his only appearance in the tournament with a 10-cross, 9.5 point haul against Belgium. He took the majority of England’s corner kicks in that one, and in a game that could be wide open another double-digit crossing total could be in order.
Others to Consider – Thomas Meunier, Belgium ($5,200); Danny Rose, England ($4,900); Sime Vrsaljko, Croatia ($4,700)
Josip Pivaric, Croatia vs. France ($3,400) – Pivaric could fill in for usual left back Ivan Strinic, who succumbed to a groin injury late in the semi-final. On a two-game slate, Pivaric could be the cheapest outside back on the board and he’s already swung in a combined 10 crosses in limited minutes.
Hugo Lloris, France vs. Croatia ($5,400) – Lloris has a clean sheet in back-to-back outings and he checks in with the highest shutout odds of the four teams to choose from. Considering that Croatia have gone to extra time in all three games during the knockout phase, they’ve essentially played an extra game compared to France and while the motivation will surely be there, there’s reason to believe the added 90 minutes played could take a toll.
Danijel Subasic, Croatia vs. England ($4,100) – If Croatia are to pull off the upset, Subasic will be counted on to keep a potent France attack out of the net. He’s yet to keep a shutout in three games during the knockout round, but in a game that is expected to be a tight affair it’s very possible that Subasic turns up with a big performance in the final.
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