With both these sides hoping to beat the Czech Republic but expected to lose to Spain, this could well be the key game in the group for Turkey and Croatia.
The Turks come into the tournament in excellent form having won four of their last five friendlies, with their only defeat coming at Wembley as they were sunk by Jamie Vardy's late strike for England.
Indeed, that loss two weeks ago is the only one suffered by Fatih Terim's men in their last 16 matches, with their capacity to score goals serving them in good stead. Turkey have found the back of the net in 25 of their last 28 matches and they will be hoping to extend that excellent scoring record at the Parc des Princes on Sunday afternoon.
Croatia for their part boast a more talented squad on paper than their opponents, with Ante Cacic able to call upon a world-class midfield of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic, plus the formidable attacking prowess of Mario Mandzukic up front. It is no surprise then that in qualifying they looked at times excellent going forward dismantling Norway 5-1, while putting three goals past Bulgaria as well as Russia, the latter coming in a recent friendly.
The Balkan nation are favourites for the win with NetBet offering them at 23/20 (2.15) which will be a price that will appeal to confident punters, while Turkey are available at 53/20 (3.65) and the draw can be backed at 9/4 (3.25).
This should be a relatively open game, with both sides considerably more adept at going forward than they are at defending and to this end backing both teams to score at evens (2.00) is well worth considering. Turkey's superb scoring run has already been mentioned, while Croatia have only failed to score twice in their last 25 games during which time they have found the back of the net against the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Italy and the Netherlands.
The statistics therefore indicate that there should be goals, and while over 2.5 goals can be backed at 6/5 (2.20) we will stick with our selection of goals at both ends, while the price of 57/10 (6.70) for a 1-1 scoreline could be of interest for a value bet.
|Both teams to score at evens (2.00) for a 1.5pt stake with NetBet|