Turkey vs Croatia 06/12/2016 EURO 2016 Group D Preview, Odds and Pick
Croatia vs Turkey
Sunday 12th June 2016 09:00(ET)
The Line : Turkey 23/10 Draw 21/10 Croatia 11/10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Espn; RTE; ITV
Group D kicks off with what could be one of the games of the opening rounds, while many will look to Russia/England or the meeting of Spain/Czech Republic for me this one represents the game where I think both are closest in ability and both will be looking to get the win.
Croatia are one of my favourites to make it to the last four if they can get some luck, as regards squads not many boast the midfield talent of Croatia. Champions League winner Modric will pull the strings from the middle, the former Tottenham and current Real Madrid player is at the top of his game. With Barcelona's Rakitic and an attacking pairing of Mandzukic and Kalinic this is a really good side. They struggled at times in qualifying due to injuries but have a full bill of health here and I think as outside bets go Croatia are going to be right up there but they must get past a tricky opening game here against Turkey.
Turkey are one of the work horse teams that will never give up. They bring a resiliance to the game that is enjoyable to watch. Of course they are not just work horses the very talented Arda Turan of Barcelona will be a key figure going forward for Turkey. Turan is creative, passionate and very capable. Barcelona played $40million for his services from Athleic Madrid and he is an exceptional talent. With Borussia Dortmund's talented Calhanoglu up top alongside Yilmaz there is goals here . Turkey were excellent in qualifying with big wins over the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Iceland. This is a side that could spring a surprise or two especially in this group.
I do think Croatia are one of the dark horses that should be taken each way to go all the way but my favourite bet in this game is both teams to score. I actually can't wait for this game as I believe it's going to be wide open and highly attack minded.