Turkey didn’t look that well for almost an hour of play against Serbia and they were losing with two goals down, however, managed to re-group and take a point in a 2:2 game back in the middle of October.
This was their third draw in the group together with Russia, Hungary, and mentioned Serbia, as they have suffered a starting loss at home against Hungary, pulling out three straight draws from then on.
Once against Russia and twice in a row against Serbia, a situation that puts them close to a must-win against Russia next Sunday, to avoid further complications as Serbia sits at fourth position with one point less for now.
Defenders Ali Kaldirim (35/1, Basaksehir), Meras (9/0, Le Havre), midfielders Kilinc (4/0, Galatasaray), and forward Kutucu (2/0, Schalke) aren’t part of the team this time.
Croatia did a great job winning the second position at the World Cup two years ago, also clinching the Euro 2020 qualification relatively easily in the end, however, the Croats didn’t actually continue in the same way in the UEFA Nations League.
They were drawn together in a pretty difficult group as well, having to play against Portugal, France, and Sweden. The only positive result so far was a victory at home against the Swedish team, while they suffered two defeats to France (being decently competitive in both games), and being outplayed away to Portugal.
On Saturday night, they will be playing in Solna against the Swedish team, and can’t afford to lose that one as they would complicate their lives in case of a defeat. They are three points above the Swedish team and with a point in that one, they would secure the status in League A for the next edition as well.
The guests won’t count at defenders Jedvaj (26/2, Leverkusen), Vrsaljko (45/0, Atletico Madrid), midfielder Rakitic (106/15, Sevilla) and forwards Kramaric (50/14, Hoffenheim) and Rebic (36/3, Milan) comparing to previous call-ups.
Deeper and more creative bench
Both teams will surely rotate in this one, as they both await more important clashes in the UEFA Nations League, during which they will try to keep the status in their respective Leagues. The result itself probably won’t be that important after all, however, I see the Croats having far more versatility and creativity in their midfield and offensive part of the team. A draw might be likely, however, if one of the teams is to prevail, that would definitely be the visiting side.