Croatia have done the hard work in the first leg and with a 3-0 lead and home advantage will look to secure their place at Euro 2012 in Tuesday’s game in Zagreb.
Guus Hiddink’s side were undone by some clinical finishing and despite dominating possession for significant spells of the game can have no complaints with the result in Istanbul. The Dutch master has such a wealth of international experience and such a fine record that his men cannot be totally written off, however it would take a miraculous comeback for them to qualify.
Turkey failed to create a single real chance at home and had just a one shot (off target). Every single Croatian player was at the top of their game and anything similar on Tuesday will see them through with ease.
Having said that, if Croatia are under-prepared or complacent then Turkey could very well win at huge odds of 22/5 (Victor Chandler – £75 free betting). With so much at stake though it is hard to see such a proud football nation being anything other than committed and determined to finish the job.
The home side will be full of confidence and provided they don’t concede an early goal to offer their visitors any encouragement, we can see them winning this one. This is a best-priced 4/5 (Betfred – £50 free bets) and given the Croats have won their last four games on home soil looks a solid choice.
Ivica Olic, who scored after just two minutes of the first leg is the favourite to open the scoring in Zagreb. Mario Mandzukic, who got the second, is also among the favourites to notch first and he can be backed at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.