Turkey - Croatia

Under / Over
Pick: Over 2,25 goals
Odds: 1.8
Stake: 1

Match date: 11/11/2020
In a friendly match in Istanbul will play Turkey and world runner-up Croatia. For both selectors, this is a prelude for two very important games in the League of Nations and will therefore be a calculation about the line-ups.
This especially refers to the Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic, who will leave most of the most important players on the bench (Modric, Perisic, Vida, Vlasic, Brozovic, Barisic ...), and several of them are not available for this duel (Livakovic, Petkovic, Kramaric, Rebic, Lovren, Vrsaljko).

The match has no significance in terms of results, but a big motive is expected from both sides. Turkey is in a series of as many as four draws. In the League of Nations, they played a draw against Serbia twice and with the Russians, but they left a very good impression. They confirmed this in a friendly match with Germany, where they also played a draw, 3:3. In four games they had 0: 0, 1: 1, 2: 2 and 3:3 in a row, and coach Senol Günes was very pleased.

Now he would like the 'icing on the cake' and a victory over the world runner-up. They play in a 4-2-3-1 system, are very disciplined tactically, want to have possession and strive for a quick transition as soon as they are given a minimal opportunity.
Their greatest strength is in the peak of attack Burak Yilmaz, who is extremely powerful and gives depth and plays for the team. He is 35 years old, but as if he is much younger. It is a great thing for Turkey that Hakan Calhanoglu has risen in great shape. After he started playing in great style in Milan, that mood is now felt in the national team as well. Calhanoglu is a connoisseur, that is unquestionable, but now he is playing in just the right form. He is very skilled in moving between the lines and disrupts the opponent's block. He is extremely dangerous in the shot from a distance, and he has excellent plays and a finishing pass.
Now Yusuf Yazici is also imposing. In two games in the Europa League, he scored two hat-tricks for Lille, first against Sparta Prague and then against Milan at the Meazza. There are even three players from Lille (Celik, Yazici and Yilmaz) which gives extra coherence when they are on the field together. Of the two defenders, special attention should be paid to the right back Zeki Celik, who is very offensive and covers the entire side brilliantly.
Turkey will play offensively and is not afraid of Croatia, especially not against the reserve team that will run on the pitch in Istanbul today.
However, guests also have their own plans. After several poor results, two defeats from France and one from Portugal, coach Dalic desperately wants one victory to return a good atmosphere, and young players and debutants (Rog, Basic, Pongracic, Bradaric, Orsic ...) have a huge motive to prove it. They are aware that they can count on new Dalic calls only if they play at a high level against Turkey.

Therefore, Croatia will play to win, which means that there could be goals in this match, especially because the defense is the weaker part of both teams, and Simon Sluga (Luton) is making his debut for the guests because the first goalkeeper Livaković has a coronavirus. Three goals in Istanbul are easily possible today in an experimental match.

Possible starting 11
Turkey (4-2-3-1): Gunok - Celik, Kabak, Tekdenmir, Erkin - Yokuslu, Tufan - Karaca, Calhanoglu, Yazici - Yilmaz.
Croatia (4-2-3-1): Sluga - Juranovic, Uremovic, Pongracic, Bradaric - Badelj, Basic - Rog, Pasalic, Orsic - Budimir."
WIN Score: 3:3 Profit: +0.8
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