Croatia face Turkey in Group D of Euro 2024 qualifying with both sides level on points at the top of the group.
Croatia currently sit top of Group D with three wins and one draw from their first four games of the campaign.
Croatia are coming into this game amidst a strong run of form having lost only one of their last seven matches which came via a penalty shootout defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League final.
The run to the Nations League final also saw Croatia beat Netherlands 4-2 in a win that was yet another landmark in their exceptionally consistent run over the course of the last five or six years.
They've been very impressive defensively in their last few games having conceded just two goals in their last five games, both in the win over the Netherlands, having also been decent in front of goal having also scored two or more goals in three of those games.
They're also remarkably strong at home having never lost a European Championship qualifier in Croatia while their last World Cup qualifying loss came a decade ago.
A win here would be a huge step towards qualifying for Croatia and in all honestly would put one foot in Germany for the Eastern Europeans. Given they've already beaten Turkey 2-0 in the reverse fixture they're coming into this one as the firm and rightful favourites.
Turkey currently sit 2nd in Group D with three wins, one draw and one loss from their first five games of the campaign.
It's been a somewhat underwhelming qualifying campaign for Turkey so far whose fans will feel like they're underperforming relative to their talent having failed to impress in any performance.
They've already lost to Croatia and it took two late goals to beat a ten-man Wales side while an 88th minute equaliser salvaged a point at home to Armenia in their last qualifier.
On top of that, Japan hammered Turkey 4-2 in a friendly in their most recent game so things aren't looking overly promising for the Turks.
Turkey have a recent history of underperforming despite boasting a good rank of talent and it's exactly that has has led to manager Stefan Kuntz losing his job to be replaced by Italian Vincenzo Montella.
This will be the Italian's first game in charge of the national team and he has a tough job on his hands to try and galvanise his side in a short space of time before a game against the group leaders.
Time will tell how successful Montella becomes in this role but this game could come slightly too early for Turkey.
For our Croatia vs. Turkey prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.