Turkey and Croatia face each other in what should be mouth-watering clash at Parc des Princes on Sunday.
After failing to qualify for last edition of Euro 2012 competition, Turkey are back and is hoping that they can repeat their semifinal finish during the 2008. Knowing that Spain will be hard to beat in the group stage, both sides will be looking to win this game knowing that any slip in the opening match might hurt them to get out of group stage.
Croatia had a brilliant Euro preparation and will come into this match from a 10–0 thumping victory over San Marino. Mandzukic and Kalinic both scored hat tricks during that game while Ivan Rakitic was also on the score-sheet.
Match: Turkey Vs Croatia (European Championship, Group Stage)
Date and Time: Sunday, 12 June 2016, 1:00 pm [GMT]
Venue: France, Parc des Princes
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Turkey Vs Croatia Form Comparison
Croatia are unbeaten in the last 7 games. They have drawn 1 and won 6 games including 10–0 impressive victory against San Marino. They also boasted a good defensive record keeping 5 clean sheets in last 7 games.
Meanwhile Turkey are also on brilliant form at this moment, they have won 5 games, drawn 1 and lost only once in last seven matches. Their last defeat was 2–1 against England.
Turkey Vs Croatia Head to Head stats
The team has met 6 times in the past, with 4 games ending in a draw while both teams sharing a win. Their last Euro meeting was in 2008 quarter finals where the game was tied at 0–0 after 90 minutes, the match was very intense as Ivan Klasnic put Croatia ahead and with just seconds remaining Semih Sentruck levelled the match. Turkey then defeated Croatia on penalty shoot-out, both Modric and Rakitic missed the penalty kick on that occasion.
Croatia and Turkey once again met in the final play-off stages for the qualification of Euro 2012, Croatia thrashed Turkey 3–0 on aggregate.
Turkey Vs Croatia Starting lineups
Turkey starting lineup (4−1−4−1 formation): Babacan; Gonul, Topal, Balta, Erkin; Inan; Calhanoglu, Tufan, Ozyakup, Turan; Yilmaz
Croatia starting lineup (4−2−3−1 formation): Subasic; Srna, Vida, Schildenfeld, Strinic; Modric, Badelj; Pjaca, Rakitic, Perisic; Mandzukic
Turkey Vs Croatia Prediction
The majority of the games will be played on midfield as both sides have quality option on the middle of the park, but Croatia with the backing power of Modric, Rakitic, Perisic and Mandzukic are hard to beat. We expect a tight affair between this two sides once more and a narrow win for the Croatian side.