In a pair of crucial European matches, Germany and Croatia are set to test their squads against Turkey and Latvia respectively. Germany, hosting the next Euro tournament, faces Turkey in a high-profile friendly at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Under Julian Nagelsmann’s leadership, this match offers Germany a chance to fine-tune their team against a qualified and formidable Turkish side.
Meanwhile, Croatia, in their quest for Euro 2024 qualification, takes on Latvia, a team they have consistently outperformed. Positioned third in their group, Croatia’s strong defensive record hints at their favoritism in this match, which is crucial for their hopes of reaching the Euro finals in Germany. Both games are significant in their context, showcasing tactical depth, team development, and the intense competition leading up to Euro 2024.
Both matches are top clashes featuring stars from all over the world. However, as bettors, what matters most is what are the most likely outcome for these games. Also, Not just on these two games, TopbetsSA picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus extra tips for our readers.
Germany vs Turkey
Germany is preparing for Euro 2024 with a friendly match against Turkey in Berlin at the Olympiastadion, which will also host the final of the tournament next summer. Turkey has already qualified for Euro 2024, and this match presents an opportunity for both teams to test their squads.
Germany has played nine friendlies since their exit from the 2022 World Cup group stage. Under the management of Julian Nagelsmann, they have seen a trend of high-scoring games, with over 3.5 goals in five of their last nine matches. Both Germany and Turkey are expected to experiment with their lineups, potentially leading to an open and goal-rich game. Turkey has been consistent in scoring, having found the net in their last six games.
This match marks Nagelsmann’s first encounter with a European opponent as Germany’s manager. Although Germany is unbeaten under his leadership, their performances against the USA and Mexico were mixed. The prediction for this game is a 3-1 victory for Germany, considering their home advantage and the fact that Turkey has conceded goals against lower-ranked teams like Armenia and Latvia.
Florian Wirtz, a promising young player from Bayer Leverkusen, is highlighted as a potential scorer. Despite not scoring in his 12 appearances for Germany, his recent club form suggests he could be a key player in this match.
Tip: Over 2.5 Goals ✅
Latvia vs Croatia
Croatia is positioned third in Group D and must win their remaining games while hoping for Wales to falter in order to secure automatic qualification for Euro 2024 in Germany. Their first upcoming match is against Latvia, a team they have consistently defeated, including a 5-0 win in their last encounter. Croatia’s strong defensive record, with clean sheets in five of their last seven games, suggests they are likely to have an easy time in Riga, capital of Latvia.
Latvia, on the other hand, has been struggling offensively, failing to score in three of their last four matches and losing each time. This indicates that Croatia is well-placed to win comfortably without conceding any goals.
Despite this expected ease of victory, Croatia faces challenges due to injuries to key players like Mateo Kovacic, Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, and Ivan Perisic, which might limit their attacking strength. Consequently, while another solid victory is anticipated, the margin might be narrower compared to their last meeting with Latvia. Latvia’s recent 4-goal loss to Turkey suggests Croatia could achieve a similar scoreline in their upcoming match.
Croatia, with a strong record of four consecutive wins against Latvia without conceding a goal, is expected to comfortably defeat their hosts this Saturday. The visiting team boasts an impressive defensive record, having secured clean sheets in five of their last seven away games. Conversely, Latvia has struggled offensively, failing to score in three of their last four matches, further indicating Croatia’s likely dominance in the upcoming game.
Tip: Croatia to win ✅
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Saturday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- Wingate & F. vs. Margate ❌
- Dulwich Hamlet v Folkestone✅
- Enfield Town v Hastings Utd ✅
- Long Eaton Unit v Stamford✅
- Harrow Borough v Merthyr Town✅
Five Picks – BTTS
- Brabrand v Aarhus Fremad
- HIK v Esbjerg✅
- B. Gracanica v B. Banovici❌
- Canvey Island v Cheshunt ✅
- Dulwich Hamlet v Folkestone ✅
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Notts County vs. Bradford ✅
- FC Ostrovets v Arsenal D.✅
- HIK v Esbjerg ✅
- Bromley v AFC Fylde ✅
- France v Gibraltar ✅
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