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Turkey v Croatia (Friday)
Euro 2012 play-offs
KO 19.45, ESPN, Friday 11th


(Max last 10 only)
20 Jun 2008 European Championships Croatia 1-1 Turkey
31 Mar 2004 International Croatia 2-2 Turkey
12 Apr 1997 International Croatia 1-1 Turkey
11 Jun 1996 European Championships Turkey 0-1 Croatia


Turkey host Croatia on Friday for the first of a double-header whereby the winner over two legs will be heading to the European Championships next summer.

Guus Hiddink’s side were runners-up behind Germany in Group A and Turkey will need to take full advantage of playing at home first.

Croatia missed out on top spot by just two points as the Euro 2004 winners, Greece, clinched first place with a 2-1 win over Georgia in the final match. The visitors finished the group with a decent 2-0 win over Latvia, but will be all too aware of the threat Turkey offer.

These two nations played out an absolute thriller when they last met in the 2008 Euro finals in Vienna, as Turkey progressed to the semi-finals as a result of a penalty shootout. Croatia had thought they had won it with a 119th minute goal, before the Turks scored a minute later to level it.

Croatia lost two of their three away games in Group I and they look likely to struggle again here coming up against a side that won four of their five home group games. I don’t expect this one to be a high scoring affair given that Turkey averaged 1.3 goals per game across their ten group games, while Croatia only conceded seven times.

At around 2.42 on BETDAQ, it should be worth backing Turkey to head into the second leg with a lead.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Back Turkey at around 2.42: 4 points

Tuesday’s Return: -7.00 points

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