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Group of Death Kicks Off With CRO-TUR

Hakan Calhanoglu Turkey Luka Modric Croatia Euro 2016

Croatia and Turkey have been at each other’s throats in some memorable contests over the years and the pair renew their rivalry at the Parc des Princes in Paris when Group D action gets underway Sunday. Each side will be eager to get the upper hand in the Euro 2016 “Group of Death” and put the pressure on Spain and the Czech Republic, who faceoff Monday.

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  • Croatia has won six and drawn one in its last seven matches entering Euro 2016.
  • Croatia’s best ever finish at the Euros was a quarterfinal spot in 1996 and 2008.
  • Turkey failed to qualify for the 2012 tourney, but was a semifinalist in 2008.

Croatia is favored in moneyline markets at online book Bovada and can currently be had at +110. Turkey is presently offered at +280 while the draw is +225. As far as the spread, Croatia is -1.5 (+110) while Turkey is -130 as 1.5-goal pups. OVER 2 goals is currently -130 while UNDER 2 goals is +105.

It was a grueling time for Turkey to get this far having qualified as the top third-place team, but slates are clean and the Turks would love to make an instant impression against a very good Croatian side.

Tough groups are nothing new for Turkey, who were placed in Group A during the qualification stage with, among others, Czech Republic, Iceland and the Netherlands – the latter having been the odd man out and failed to qualify.

Croatia boasts a talented group of players and could provide plenty value to record some upsets in this tournament, depending on how far they make it of course.

They finished four points behind Italy in Group H during the qualification stage and could potentially showcase one of the top midfields in the tournament as names like Modric, Rakitic, Badelj, Kovacic and Perisic will feature prominently in France.