The Turks are in a very tough situation on this group, although every scenario is still possible for them.
They can still finish in 1st place, in the play-off spot or even be eliminated.
Their 2-0 loss in Ukraine complicated their life a bit, especially if we consider that they had a 3-match winning streak before that one and they were starting to assert a strong position in this group.
Now they host the Croatians on a vital match that will truly be like a final for the Turks. If they don’t win, they probably lose their chance to finish either 1st or 2nd in this group.
They will have to do more than what they did in Ukraine, where they had a relatively weak performance, lacking some objectiveness.
The Croatians travel to Turkey sitting in 1st place of this group and they were favourites beforehand to finish in this 1st place.
It is worth noting that this Croatian side plays good football, has a great quality midfield with Rakitic and Modric being impactful players building up their plays and Mandzukic, who is a top striker that gives this team some quality up front.
They had a curious situation on their last match with the match being interrupted due to a pitch flooding. It was resumed and played almost entirely on the next day, with Croatia winning 1-0 on a match that revealed to be tricky.
They go to Turkey to defend their 1st place in the group.
Turkey vs Croatia – Betting Tip and Prediction:
It will be an exciting match between two teams who see this match as a very important and maybe even decisive one. The Turks don’t have many options here. They have to win. Any other result in this match and they’re practically out of the World Cup.
The Croatians are looking to maintain their 1st place.
They don’t know the outcome of the Iceland vs Ukraine match so they will have to fight for it on this match, even more because, if they win, they knock out the Turks, and the number of contenders decreases to 1 or 2, depending on the result of the other match.
I’m going on goals here since both teams need this match and goals should happen considering the objectives and needs of both sides.
|Over 2.5 Goals||