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EC Qualification

  • November 15, 2011
  • • 19:05
  • • Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
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Croatia win Aggregate 3 - 0

Euro 2012 Play-off Preview: Croatia v Turkey

Zagreb will play host to Slaven Bilic's men, who hold a seemingly unassailable lead thanks to a 3-0 victory in Istanbul over Guus Hiddink's side on Friday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CROATIA


Pletikosa
Vida, Simunic, Schildenfeld, Pamic
Srna, Modric, Vukojevic, Perisic
Olic, Mandzukic

TURKEY

Turkey

Sinan
Serkan, Omer, Egemen, Ismail
Gokhan Tore, Hamit, Ozan, Topal, Caner
Burak


Vedran Corluka and Tomislav Dujmovic both picked up bookings that will rule them out of the second leg clash, meaning that Manuel Pamic could be handed a debut at left-back, while Ognjen Vukojevic may slot in alongside Luka Modric in the heart of midfield. Dejan Lovren and Sime Vrsaljiko remain sidelined.

Guus Hiddink will shuffle his pack in Zagreb, and many of the names who featured in the 3-0 loss will not play in Croatia. The Dutchman has pledged to give the youngsters a chance, meaning Sinan Bolat could start ahead of Volkan, while suspensions to Hakan Balta, Arda Turan, Emre Belozoglu and Sabri Sarioglu could hand the likes of Ismail Koybasi, Gokhan Tore, Ozan Ipek and Caner Erkin a chance.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Croatia's 3-0 first leg victory over Turkey in Istanbul on Friday ensured that Guus Hiddink's side have never beaten the 1998 World Cup semi-finalists in normal time.
  • Slaven Bilic (pic) has the highest win percentage of any Croatia coach who taken charge of the nation in over 10 games.
  • The Yugoslavia national football team also had an exceptional record against Turkey, losing just once - in a 1931 Balkan Cup tie.
  • If selected, Turkey's Gokhan Tore will make his first start for his nation.
  • Turkey's Hamit Altintop and Croatia's Ivica Olic were both part of the Bayern Munich team that made it to the Champions League final in 2010.

Players to watch

J. Šimunić

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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Turkey enjoyed the lion's share of possession in Istanbul on Friday, but failed to muster a shot on target. That remarkable stat was due in no small part to Simunic's commanding performance at the back. Guus Hiddink has said he's hoping for a miracle, but Simunic will be standing in the way of divine intervention.

G. Töre

Position: Midfielder

Games: 7

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The 19-year-old is yet to start a game for Turkey, but has made a good impression in each of his appearances at international level. Hiddink has pledged to give the youth a chance in Zagreb, and the young Hamburg man could play his way into the team.

Editor's Prediction

After Friday's capitulation, it can't get much worse for Guus Hiddink's side. The Dutchman has pledged to shuffle his pack, and publicly called upon his side to play for honour. That said, Croatia proved their superiority in Istanbul, and expect them to play out a narrow home win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Croatia

Turkey

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Croatia HRV
Croatia Croatia
Draw
Turkey TUR
Turkey Turkey
62%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

Croatia HRV
2 - 0
Turkey TUR
Croatia HRV
2 - 1
Turkey TUR
Croatia HRV
1 - 0
Turkey TUR

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