Turkey v Croatia – Betting Preview
The German manager Stefan Kuntz recorded this 10th win from 15 games in charge of Turkey with a narrow win against Armenia.
For the Turks, it was a highly emotional and difficult game considering it was their first outing since the devastating earthquake which struck the nation in February.
Focusing on footballing matters, the outlook is positive for Turkey as the 2-1 win put them ahead of fellow contenders Croatia and Wales in the race for a top-two finish in Group D.
With Latvia and Armenia likely to be the strugglers in the group, it seems to be a three-way race for automatic qualification. And in this game, they face the hot favourites Croatia and a win would be a massive step towards qualifying.
Considering the fact Croatia dropped points at home to Wales, they would not be unhappy with a draw from this contest.
Turkey is in good form since suffering playoff heartbreak against Portugal for the euros. Since then, there has been only one defeat in the last nine matches.
The Croatian team was shocked and angry with themselves for not killing off Wales in a dominant display but somehow, one in which they left the Welsh walk away with a 1-1 draw.
Croatia led from the first half but with their first shot on target, Wales stole a leveller to deprive the host of three points to open their qualifying with a victory.
A confident and experienced Croatia will not let that result play on their minds long. This is a nation which has finished as runners-up and third place in the last two World Cups.
Zlatko Dalic, who was rewarded with a new contract at the held to keep him in charge until 2026, has no new absences.
Lovren retired from international football on the back of their success in the World cup.
They will expect a much tougher game in Turkey and would not lose sleep with a draw, though a win is going to be the aim.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Croatia is @ 2.30 and is the favourite to win.
Turkey is @ 3.25 and the draw is @ 3.15.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest, where Croatia -0.25 is @ 1.92.
Turkey +0.25 with the draw as a half win is @ 1.90.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line is set at 2.25. The Over is @ 1.94 and the Under is @ 1.85.