Russia v Turkey Prediction & Betting Tips, 14th October 201813th October 2018 / lee
Russia v Turkey UEFA Nations League Preview, 14th October 7.45pm
Russia are still in control of Group 2 in League B in the Nations League and if they can get three points out of this one then they would be four points clear at the top with one to play. So the fate of the group is at stake here, so this is their big chance to push for promotion. They face up to Turkey looking to complete the double over them, but a win for Turkey puts them in control. Read our Russia v Turkey betting tips for more.
Russia v Turkey Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)
Russia News and Form
Russia have continued on in good form at the World Cup. They are W2 D1 in their last three games. They opened with that 2-1 away win against Turkey in the Nations League and then followed that up with a big 5-1 friendly win over the Czech Republic. On Thursdays, they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Sweden.
So that leaves them with just the one defeat in their last nine games (W4 D1 L1) so that’s some pretty decent stuff from them. They have just the one clean sheet in their last seven. Both teams to score in this rematch is at even money and it’s worth a flutter* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm).
Both teams have scored in four of Russia’s last five games. This is such a big opportunity for them to follow up on their success of the summer by winning this Nations League group with a game to spare. If they were to play out a draw then they could still win the group if Sweden fail to beat Turkey on November 17th, with the Russians due to meet the Swedes in the final match of the group three days later. Given the situation and form, we feel the Russians are good for a narrow in. Russia to win by 1 goal is at 5/2 odds.
Turkey News and Form
Turkey went into this as an unpredictable pick and that is exactly what they have been. They opened with that disappointing home 2-1 reverse against Russia but then did at least come up with a response to get themselves back in the promotion picture. They went out to Sweden and took a thrilling 3-2 win.
They looked dead and buried a 2-1 with just two minutes to play, but then Emre Akbaba come up with two goals in two minutes to turn everything on its head. Over 2.5 goals is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm). The expectancy is that this would be close with Russia conservative at home. However, Turkey have been pretty slack defensively.
They have just the one clean sheet in their last eight games played. That was in a 0-0 draw with Bosnia in a friendly during midweek at home. Going back to pushing the game over 2.5 goals, Turkey have scored in all but one of their last nine games, so there is value there. Turkey are W1 D4 L2 in their last seven games away from home. So on the back of that alone, it is going to be hard to support them. A win puts them two points clear at the top. It’s all or nothing from them now.
Russia v Turkey Head to Head
Russia got that 2-1 win out in Turkey back at the start of September which leaves them with a W2 D2 in four games against the Turks. From their two previous meetings in Russia, the Russians are W1 D1. Just one of the four previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
Who will win – Russia v Turkey Predictions
The isn’t without its appeal in this one, but we are going to push for a win for Russia. They can all but win the group here with three points here so they may as well go for it. A home win by a one goal margin appeal.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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