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Croatia vs Türkiye match preview
Group D’s top two go head-to-head in Osijek, so who will move three points closer to a spot at Euro 2024?
Back in March, Croatia won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Bursa Metropolitan Stadium, with Mateo Kovačić bagging only the third brace of his senior career, for either club or country.
Overall, Zlatko Dalić's team have ten points on the board at the half-way mark, enjoying back-to-back wins last month, hammering Latvia 5-0 in Rijeka, before a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Armenia in Yerevan.
The Blazers have qualified for every Euros since 2000 and are widely expected to maintain that streak, although the next few days will be crucial, given that Croatia travel to Cardiff on Sunday night.
Visitors Türkiye meantime have featured at five of the last seven Euros and kick off level on points with Croatia, albeit having played a game more.
Last time out in qualifying, they required an 88th minute equaliser from Bertuğ Yıldırım to salvage a 1-1 draw with Armenia at Yeni Eskişehir Atatürk Stadyumu.
Four days later, the Crescent-Stars were smashed 4-2 by Japan in Genk, a result that spelled the end for Stefan Kuntz, with Vincenzo Montella the new man in charge.
He takes over a team well-placed to qualify, although they still have work to do, likely to beat bottom side Latvia in Konya on Sunday, before traveling to Wales on the final matchday for, what could be, a winner takes all clash.
Will Croatia make home advantage count at the brand-new Opus Arena?
Croatia team news
Ivan Perišić is out injured, facing a race against time to be ready for the Euros, while Duje Ćaleta-Car, Luka Ivanušec, Luka Sučić, Mislav Oršić and Andrej Kramarić are all also injured.
In midfield, Luka Modrić will captain the side, winning his 169th cap; only 15 men from any nation have more.
With Perišić out injured, Dion Drena Beljo could make his senior international debut, while Bruno Petković will lead the line.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Livaković; Juranović, Šutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozović, Kovačić, Modrić; Pašalić, Brekalo, Petković.
Türkiye team news
Centre-back Çağlar Söyüncü is out injured, while Cengiz Ünder and Enes Ünal are long-term absentees.
In goal, Uğurcan Çakır and Altay Bayındır both saw 45 minutes of action in the friendly against Japan, while Mert Günok, who has started all five qualifiers this year so far, has not been called up.
Centre-back Merih Demiral is suspended, having picked up three yellow cards during this campaign.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu will be donning the captains armband as he earns his 81st cap, only eight Turkish men have more, while Bertuğ Yıldırım is set to start in attack, having scored in both of September’s internationals.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Çakır; Çelik, Bardakcı, Özkacar, Elmalı; Çalhanoğlu, Kökçü, Özcan; Kahveci, Yıldırım, Aktürkoğlu.