The first fixtures of Group I of the World Cup qualifications contain a local derby , especially in recent times – Croatia vs. Turkey.
The two teams have faced each other numerous times in recent years, without a clear winner, although the Croatians were better in their last encounter in Euro 2016. Will their first game in these qualifications have the same outcome?
World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Betting Prediction, Odds & Tips
Croatia vs Turkey – 5th September
Betting Odds: Croatia 1.53 or 8/15 Draw 3.60 or 13/5 Turkey 7.50 or 13/2
Turkey will surely want to avoid defeat, even though they play away from home. They grabbed their tickets for Euro 2016 in a dramatic fashion, but they failed to qualify from a group with Spain, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.
The football they’ve shown in the final tournament was disappointing, and changes have been made in the squad because of this. History is not in their favor either, after their failure to qualify for the most recent World Cups.
On the other hand, the Croatians are on a high – after some good performances in Euro 2016, the team is eager to continue their good streak with a qualification for the next World Cup. The squad will not be hit with lots of retires, maintaining their core of key players like Modric, Perisic or Madzukic.
They are seen as favorites to win this group, although the challenges of Turkey, Iceland, and Ukraine will certainly prove difficult. Without a doubt, Group I is one of the most balanced of these qualifications.
Croatia vs Turkey Betting Prediction & Tips
History has shown us that duels between Turkey and Croatia always take place at the edge of the rulebook, so yellow cards are an almost certainty. We except at least 3 or 4 between the two teams, with Turkey the most likely contenders to receive more.
The Croatians will most probably score as well, and although we can’t predict how many goals we will see in the game, we just about think Croatia will be able to win in the end. They have home ground advantage and beat Turkey just 3 months ago – they should be able to repeat the feat.
Croatia & Under 2.5: 3.10 or 21/10