Turkey vs Croatia
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group C)
Date: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Eskisehir Stadium.
Croatia bounced back from the 1-0 surprise loss to Iceland with a 1-0 win against Kosovo and went top of Group I. Currently, they have a 2-point cushion over second placed Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s 2-0 defeat to Ukraine put them at third in the table and their automatic qualification chances will be over with another defeat on Tuesday.
Turkey are unbeaten at home so far with back-to-back 2-0 wins over Kosovo and Finland, along with a 2-2 draw on match-day 1 versus Ukraine. It will be interesting to see how they fare against a strong team like Croatia.
Meantime, the Croats suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Iceland in their last away trip to Iceland. They did manage to beat Kosovo and Finland in the previous road games.
Croatia are one of the best defensive sides in the competition having let just 2 goals from their 12 games so far. At the same time, they scored 12 goals in return. Despite boasting of a strong midfield, the team have a lot of work to do in finishing chances.
Turkey vs Croatia: Head-to-head
There has been 7 meetings between the sides so far, Croatia have won 3, drew 3 and lost 1.
Five of those meeting came at the European Championships.
Croatia defeated Turkey 3-0 in their previous visit to the country, in the Euro 2012 Qualifying play-offs.
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture was a 1-1 draw.
Turkey vs Croatia: Predictions
Arguably, this is a crucial fixture for both teams with Croatia looking to stay put at the top of the table and Turkey to stay in the contention for automatic qualification. So it is quite evident that the two teams here will take nothing less than a win. Therefore, expect an open contest and we are most likely to see a high number of goals.
Turkey vs Croatia: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score for 2.00 at Betfair.
Over 2.5 goals for 2.28 odds at Unibet.