EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
Last Saturday only two out of three calendar matches of the 7th round in the 9 European group had finished. The national team of the Ukraine in Kharkov had won over the new team of Mircea Lucescu – the national team of Turkey (2:0). And the Finns in Tampere had won over the Icelanders.
But the match of the national teams of Croatia and Kosovo on the famous arena Maksimir in Zagreb was stopped on the 37th minute because of a heavy rain. As a result, the Blazers had lost to the team of Andriy Shevchenko and still have one more game left.
The Ukraine – 17 (7), Croatia – 13 (6), Iceland – 13 (7), Turkey – 11 (7) …
Croatia (the head coach Ante Čačić)
Prior to the meeting that will be held on Saturday against Kosovo the sport mass media had suggested that in this match the Blazers will use his experimental squad in order to avoid injures of his leaders before more important away match against Turkey.
But Ante Čačić is arguing against such point of view. The starting line-up contains the best players of the hosts - Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, Luka Modrić and their partners.
Turkey (the head coach Mircea Lucescu)
The defeat in Kharkov had put new team of Mircea Lucescu in a very difficult situation.
In such a way, prior to the three rounds before finishing the qualifying campaign, Turkey is giving in two leaders of the champions’ race – 5 and 3 points, respectively. And the team is facing the match with very strong rival.
According to bookmakers, the favorite of this forthcoming battle is the team of Ante Čačić. Here we have another classical variant of the battle of over motivated hosts and sufficiently motivated guests. And this factor includes another possible defeat of the team of Mircea Lucescu.
The necessity of victory will make the hosts rushing to the gates of Danijel Subašić and they will be constantly baring back areas. And this tactics of the opponents is quite comfortable for quick counterattacks of Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić and their partners.
Turkey – 3.40, draw – 3.20, Croatia –2.20;
tip: Croatia (Asian handicap 0) - odds 1.59 SBOBET