This could potentially be one of the games of the group stage, with Turkey and Croatia possessing two of the best midfields in the Euro France 2016 competition. Turkey can look to Arda Turan, Selcuk Inan and free-kick expert Hakan Calhanoglu, while Croatia has Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic.
In addition, Turkey also has striker Burak Yilmaz who averages close to a goal every other game for the national team, while Croatia could pose a threat with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Nikola Kalinic and Marko Pjaca.
Where both teams are perhaps a little suspect is defensively, so perhaps any perusal of the Turkey v Croatia betting odds should focus on the potentially of there being a few goals.
Croatia have the players to go a long way in this tournament, but they’ve been held back in recent years as a result of the game being mired in corruption from the very top for years now, with various coaching appointments and player selections being made for reasons other than what’s best for the team.
In six previous meetings, Croatia has won two and four matches have ended as draws. However, the Turks did go on to win a penalty shoot-out after one of those draws at Euro 2008 in the quarter-finals. That was certainly a dramatic game, with Croatia taking the lead a minute from the end of extra-time, only for Turkey to equalise deep in stoppage-time. Fatih Terim was the Turkish coach back in 2008 and he is now in his third spell in charge of the Turks.
There is enough creative talent in these two teams to suggest that any Turkey v Croatia free bets would get a good run from backing both teams to score.