This action from Group H is all about Turkey’s chance at booking a place at the Euro 2020 championships. They go back into action sat level on twelve points with France and Iceland in an exciting qualification battle. Moldova are out of the picture with only the three points having been collected in their opening five games. Read our Moldova v Turkey betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 8th, 2019 at 2:53 p.m.)
Moldova’s only success in the group came with a 1-0 struggle at home to beat Andorra. They have lost their other four. In each of the four defeats which they have taken in the group, Moldova have conceded at least two goals. They have failed to score in three of those four defeats. So there has been little resistance offered by them. Moldova’s win over Andorra is their only success in their last seven matches played. They are W1 L6 in their last seven European Championship qualification home matches.
Turkey leads the head to head with a W8 D2 L0 record
Two of the last three meetings in Moldova have ended in a 1-1 draw
Moldova have scored in just three of their previous ten games against Turkey
Turkey have put together a strong campaign so far with a W4 L1 record on the board. Their one defeat was a 2-1 reverse in Iceland. Their big statement of intent though was a 2-0 home success over World Champions France. They collected a 1-0 home win over Andorra on Friday night to keep their challenge strong and they sit level on twelve points sandwiched between France and Iceland in the table.
Turkey have won six of their last seven games played now (competitive and friendly) so are in pretty good shape. That’s a little superstar sing as they had such a poor Nations League campaign, losing three of four games played there. With just the two goals against them in the group, they hold the best defensive record. They have three different players sat on two goals.
Any kind of win is a huge positive for Turkey in this one as they try to keep pace with France and Iceland at the top of the table. Moldova are not a massive threat by any strength of the imagination, so a low-key away win gets the nod from us.
8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is a big game for Turkey in Group H of Euro 2020 qualification. They sprung a huge surprise taking victory over France on the weekend which leaves them probably group with three wins from three. Iceland though are only three points behind them. Will they be able to take advantage of this fixture on home soil to get themselves further into the mix for automatic qualification spot? Read our Iceland v Turkey betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
It hasn’t been a bad start from Iceland in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They opened with a 2-0 away success at Andorra and on Saturday produced a 1-0 home success over Albania. Sandwiched between those two successes was a bit of a chastening 4-0 defeat against France. Iceland had a poor Nations League campaign and in fact, before the Euro 2020 qualifiers started, they were on a seven-match winless streak of form, losing four of those fixtures.
Iceland have won just two of their 10 fixtures since the start of September 2018. One positive that they can take with them into this game against Turkey is that they have collected a clean sheet in three of their last four games played. But those were games against weaker opposition than what Turkey is. Iceland have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures. A win in this one would really shake things up in the top two of Group H, but will Iceland have enough to stop the in-form Turkey?
Iceland and Turkey were parent up in World Cup 2018 qualification
Iceland won both of those fixtures with a clean sheet
Iceland leave the overall head-to-head W3 L1 against Turkey
Both teams have NOT scored in the four previous meetings
Turkey have hit the ground running in Euro 2020 qualification with three straight victories. Across those successes, they have scored eight unanswered goals. On the weekend they pulled off the biggest shock so far of the qualifiers, producing a 2-0 home success against the reigning world champions France. That leaves Turkey fully in control at the top of the table, three points ahead of both France and Ireland. So they may well see the importance of picking up a point in this one which will guarantee that they stay on top of the group at the end of this international break.
It is some form that Turkey are currently on at the moment because it is a five-match winning streak that they have running. Considering that they didn’t exactly set the stage alight in the nations league this has been something of a surprising run of form from them. They seem to have settled into being in pretty decent side at the moment. In each of their last five games played they have scored at least two goals. Their defensive output is also worth a mention as well because they have five clean sheets in their last six games played now.
Iceland are not in any kind of form at the moment and there should be a good chance for Turkey to keep up their momentum. Turkey were actually annoyed by their treatment at the airport upon arriving in Iceland so that my fire them up more to go out and produce the victory. Turkey to win.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This is a fight for top spot in Group H of Euro 2020 qualification. Both France and Turkey have taken maximum points from their opening two games. So the winner of this will be in a commanding position at the end of the game. Will Turkey be able to pull off an upset on home soil against the reigning World Champions? Read our Turkey v France betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)
Turkey have found a nice bit of form for themselves. They have put together a four-match winning streak, competitive and friendly games combined. Considering that they had a rough time of things in the Nations League that has been a good response from them. In their Nations League campaign they went W1 L3 in their four games against Sweden and Russia. They did lose both of their home games there. But now with this bit of positive form, can they pull off an upset? They are pretty big underdogs on home soil for this.
Turkey have scored at least two goals in each of their last four games now, but their defence has actually been shaping up well. They have conceded in just one of their last five games. There’s the obvious incentive of taking control of the qualification group with a win in this one. At the end of the day, it would be a surprise if these two didn’t occupy the top two spots anyway. But this is a good chance for the Turks to test themselves against the best in the world. They should make a game of this.
France have won their last four games against Turkey
Three of France’s last four wins over the Turks have been with a clean sheet
France have scored at least three goals in three of their last four against Turkey
This will be the first meeting between them since 2009
France have had an easy time of things so far in Euro 2020 qualification. They have produced a 4-0 home win over Iceland and a 4-1 win in Moldova. Qualification from the group should be bread and butter for them. If they were to get three points in this, arguably their toughest of the campaign, then they would likely just cruise their way to winning the group. There’s not going to be anyone else other than Turkey to stop them basically.
France have won six of their last eight games now and the only defeat since March of last year was in their Nations League group against the Netherlands. France have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games played now (competitive and friendly) while they have taken a clean sheet in three of the last four, conceding just the one goal in that sequence. They did struggle a little bit in their away games in the Nations League, playing out a 0-0 draw in Germany and losing in the Netherlands. Given the star quality that they can call upon here, they will be expected to produce the victory.
Turkey have a newfound bit of optimism about them at the moment and they could make a splash here in throwing down a good challenge to the World Champions. Even with that though, France have such amazing quality in depth that the way win still appeals. France to win but it is well worth considering both teams to score.
6th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
These two will be gearing up for a return to Euro 2020 qualification action by squaring up in a friendly on Tuesday night. It at least brings a bit of football betting to the table. It may not be a thriller though as recent meetings have struggled to produce goals. Read our Turkey v Greece betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 28th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Turkey did get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign off to a strong start by taking back to back clean sheet wins over Albania and Moldova in March. They have taken just the three wins in their last seven games though (D2 L3) so it has not been the greatest of stuff from them.
Things didn’t go well for them in their Nations League matches last year as they produced a W1 L3 in their group which contained Sweden and Russia to get relegated down to the third tier.
Their home returns from that competitive action saw them lose by one goal margins against their two opponents. They may at least be boosted by the six goals that they have produced in their last two games. It is also a three-match sequence of clean sheets that they have produced as well. In none of Turkey’s last six games played have both teams scored.
Turkey and Greece played out a 0-0 draw in their last meetings
Turkey are W6 D3 L2 in their previous eleven against Greece
Both teams have scored one of the last six meetings
FIve of the last six meetings have gone under 1.5 goals
Greece made a positive start to their European Championship campaign in picking up a win at Liechtenstein and then a draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina. That’s back to back games in which they have scored exactly two goals in. Over their last eight games, Greece have actually won four of those (D1 L3). So by their standards really that has not been that bad of a return from them. Two of those four wins came away from home (at Liechtenstein and Estonia).
In the Nations League Greece posted a W3 L3 record in C2 where they were up against Finland, Hungary and Estonia. They lost two of their three away games on that occasion. Another indicator that this may be a low scoring friendly though is that both teams have scored in just one of Greece’s last eight games. Seven of those last eight went under 2.5 goals as well. Three of Greece’s last four wins have been by a 1-0 scoreline.
It is a friendly with nothing at stake and given the lack of goals between these in recent meetings, it’s worth backing another dull affair to crop up. The 0-0 in the correct score market is even going to have some serious appeal.
29th May 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Turkey go into their final group stage game looking for a point out of their home game which will see them avoid relegation. Turkey cannot win B2. However, if they lose this one against the Swedes then Turkey will definitely be relegated so there are thin margins. Sweden have to win their remaining two games to stand a chance of beating Russia to top spot. Read our Turkey v Sweden betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 13th, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.)
There is an important game here for Turkey as they need to pick up a point in this home fixture in order to ensure that they avoid relegation from B2. If they were to take a draw it would mean that they would have bettered Sweden in the head to head, so it wouldn’t’ matter if the Swedes won their final match and finished level on points with them. Turkey collected a 3-2 success over Sweden earlier in the campaign, thanks to a dramatic late finish. Emre Akbaba scored two goals in the final three minutes of their first Nations League game against Sweden to give them the 3-2 success. In their one home game in the group, they lost 2-1 against Russia.
The win over Sweden is Turkey’s only success in their last four games (D1 L2) and they have failed to score in their last two. Under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 13th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Turkey have banked only the two wins in their last eight fixtures (D4 L2) and they have shipped at least two goals in three of their last four games. In their last four home games against Sweden, Turkey have conceded in three of those fixtures. It may well be worth another look at Both teams to score for 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 13th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).
Turkey are on a three-match winning streak against Turkey
Sweden have won just one of the last ten games between the two nations
Each of Turkey’s last five wins over Sweden have been by a one-goal margin
Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings
Turkey are unbeaten in three at home against the Swedes
Sweden have not managed to pick up a win in any of their last five games, a run starting which started with a loss against England in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup (D2 L3). In their one group game in the Nations League away from home so far, they played out a 0-0 draw with Russia. If they get the win in this one it will mean that they avoid relegation and Turkey will take the drop. The Swedes also need maximum points from their last two games to try and beat Russia to the group win. A draw in this one would leave them needing to beat Russia to avoid relegation.
Sweden have only failed to score in two of their last nine fixtures now In the correct score market the shortest priced option is the 1-1 draw at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 13th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Their form out on the road isn’t all that great because they are winless in five with a D2 L3 record (not counting games at the 2018 World Cup). Looking back they have won only one of their last seven away fixtures so haven’t been travelling all that well really. Sweden have failed to hit the back of the net in any of their last five road games.
There may not be too much to choose between them. Sweden’s loss at home against Turkey was a massive blow and the Swedes haven’t been great out on the road. Neither side are in great form, and we can only predict the draw which will leave the relegation fight open.
14th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
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.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)
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 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 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.
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.
13th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This has the look of being a tight tussle in the Nations League on Monday. Sweden aren’t a bad side at all but lack a bit of punch up front. They will be keen to start their Nations League in a positive manner on home soil as they host Turkey. Turkey played out a friendly draw with Russia in midweek as a warm-up. Read our Sweden v Turkey betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.)
The Swedes take on their first challenge in the Nations League on the weekend as they meet with Turkey. Sweden enjoyed a good strong World Cup 2018 qualification campaign where they beat the Netherlands down in third place. The Swedes then took out Italy in the World Cup qualification playoffs and made a run through to the quarter finals at Russia 2018. They aren’t a side who consistently look a threat in front of goal at all and under 2.5 goals at Paddy Power leads our Sweden v Turkey betting tips at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.).
Six of Sweden’s last nine games have gone under the goal line. They went up against Austria in midweek as a warm-up ahead of the Nations League and suffered a 2-0 away defeat. We have to look at both teams NOT to score for this fixture which is an option to be backed at 8/11 odds with Paddy Power* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.). Both teams have NOT scored in eight of their last nine games played, competitive and friendly matches combined.
Turkey got off to a losing start in their UEFA Nations League campaign as they were beaten by Russia on Friday. Turkey lost that 2-1 on home soil so immediately they are under big pressure in this group now. Turkey are not a side carrying much form though as they are just W2 D4 L5 in their last eleven games played since the beginning of September last year. They have scored consistently, having found the back of the net in each of their last five fixtures. They have some problems at the back though.
Turkey have collected only the one clean sheet in their last eleven games so clearly have some issues there. In the Paddy Power correct score market a Sweden 1-0 option does have some good appeal at 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 7th, 2018 at 5:39 p.m.). Turkey are on a six-match winless streak away from home with a D4 L2 record. So there is a bit of resilience from them, but it may be a stretch to actually go and expect them to collect a win away from home.
Turkey have won the last two fixtures between the two nations by a 2-1 scoreline, the most recent of which was back in 2016. The Turks are unbeaten in three against the Swedes now and are up in the overall head to head between the two. Turkey holds a W4 D4 L2 record against the Swedes. They have not met in Sweden since 1995 though when there was a 2-2 draw.
Sweden were competitive on home soil in their World Cup 2018 qualification group and we can take enough from that to see them just edge their way past the Turks. Neither are partially good in the final third of the pitch, but home advantage may be telling.
8th September 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
After failing to come through the World qualification play off round, Ireland will have nothing do over the summer. They head off for a friendly match on Friday night as they look to regather themselves. Turkey are in the same boat after really falling flat in their group stage campaign, coming fourth only.
Turkey 19/20, Draw 11/5, Ireland 16/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00:22 p.m. on March 21st, 2018)
Neither of these will be going to the World Cup in the summer. Turkey really failed to mount a strong challenge in their group, which wasn’t that difficult of one for them really. They just couldn’t get up a head of steam or consistency at all and finished fourth. Basically Turkey are a side who are lacking a bit of form overall really. Back in the November international break, they played friendly matches against Romania and Albania, losing both and conceding five goals in the process. That is at least two goals that they have conceded in each of their last four games now. Turkey have returned a poor W1 D1 L4 record in their last six, failing to score in three of the four losses in that sequence. So Ireland should certainly have nothing to fear in this at all and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018).
2014 was the last time that the Turks and the Irish came together. That was friendly in Dublin and the visitors took a 2-1 win on that occasions. From the five previous friendly matches, things are actually even at one win each and three draws.
Ireland got themselves to the play offs in qualification for the World Cup, thanks to a dramatic win in Wales in their final group stage match. However, they really threw it all away as they were destroyed by Denmark in that play-off tie. So the Irish will be twiddling their thumbs over the summer as well. The Boys in Green are carrying a little more form than their Turkish counterparts are though so that’s a little bit of a positve. Ireland are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games. Their last home game was their World Cup play-off second leg against Denmark in which they just capitulated, having going into the game on the back of a solid 0-0 away draw. The Irish are not a particularly high scoring side and both teams NOT to score at bet356 for this one is a decent option at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:22 p.m. on March 20th, 2018). This will be Ireland’s only game during the current international break.
A low scoring game will probably be churned out as is usually the case in these international friendly matches. This really serves no purpose for either side so expect a a bit of a nothing-match but Ireland look the better of the two anyway, so just settle on a draw.
21st March 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This should be a group where the winner will be the one who can dig in and grind the most. Croatia are running top of the pile with favouritism and rightly so. They are a technically gifted and solid side and there is a great chance for them to make some strides towards the World Cup 2018 here, largely unopposed. Their only issues are likely to come out on the road in difficult trips to the Ukraine and Turkey but they in turn of course, will be difficult away opponents for both of those as well, who are pencilled in as being their main challengers for top spot in the group. Frankly though, we don’t see much of a challenge transpiring in this one at all.
Croatia 11/10, Ukraine 3/1, Turkey 10/3, Iceland 6/1, Finals 66/1, Kosovo 500/1
Really one only ever sits up and takes notice of the Ukraine as a threat when they are playing at home. They aren’t the greatest travelling side and they really looked pretty flat and poor at Euro 2016, not putting up too much of anything special except in a second half performance against Germany in the group stage. Still they lost though. So the jostling for positions in this one will come down to a scrap between the Ukraine and Turkey for second place because we fully expect Curtain to see off both of them. So the Ukraine, who aren’t a very expansive side really will come under pressure from Turkey.
Turkey’s failures are lack of self belief and discipline at the back. They rarely look organised enough to hold themselves together for ninety minutes, but as they showed down the final stretch of Euro 2016 qualifying, they can raise their spirits and game when they have too. The question with Turkey is always whether or not they can do it on a consistent basis? The talent is there, the organisation not so much, but they still look to have more appeal to qualify in second place behind Croatia than the Ukraine do. Turkey can go to places and pull off wins, where it’s harder to trust the Ukraine on the road.
Top 2 Finish Odds: Croatia 1/4, Ukraine 4/5, Turkey 5/4, Iceland 11/4, Finland 6/1, Kosovo 200/1
It is likely to be tighter between them that it would even appear to be, but what about Iceland? They were the unsung heroes of Euro 2016 as they chanted and battled their way to the quarter finals of the competition, knocking out England along the way. They really dug in during Euro 2016 qualifying as well and took that famous win over Spain along the way. If they are still running on the high of the success that they secured there, then they will be just fine for this campaign, in terms of being competitive. But we don’t see them being fine enough to scrape their way into second place from it. They had their moment in the sun and that is likely to have passed them by. Kosovo make their World Cup qualifying debut.
Qualification Prediction: Croatia, Turkey, Ukraine, Iceland, Finald, Kosovo
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30th August 2016 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Still something to play for for both of these in Group D. Turkey would have to put a win on the board here and hope to squeeze through to the next round as one of the best third placed teams. The Czech Republic have one pint on the board so far and could haul themselves up into second place if they beat the Turks and Spain beat Croatia in the final round of group matches. Will the Czech Republic have the bit between their teeth after their comeback draw against Croatia on Friday? The Czech Republic are 5/4 for the win, with Turkey at 23/10 and the draw at 13/5.
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The Czech Republic are hanging to a very thin lifeline then, a late penalty kick against Croatia in that game which was stopped because of crowd trouble, has kept them hanging in there. There really hasn’t been a good performance from them yet though to be honest but with Turkey looking down and out they may fancy their chances here of getting enough on the board to have a shot at the next round of competition. The Czech Republic really have to target the win because the one point they have may not be enough to get through as a third placed finisher. They can not rely on it being enough basically, not with a negative goal difference on their account as well at the moment.
They were never in their opening defeat against Spain and looked completely out of it against Croatia for the large part. There’s not a tremendous amount of quality to look at in the Czech Republic set up and they do look likely to concede. It could be worth a punt on Both Teams To Score in this one for a price of 4/5. Both have to go for the win and with neither having a particularly great defence at all, it may as well be worth having a look at the game going over 2.5 goals for a price of even money. These two were together of course in Euro 2016 qualifying, with each taking a respective away win.
Turkey will be targeting this as their easiest game and a lifeline to still potentially make some progress. They slightly hold a head to head advantage over the last six meetings with the Czech Republic in a W3 D1 L2 record, but that also points to nothing really around to split these two. Six of the last eight clashes between them have gone over 2.5 goals. Turkey need a big game from their forwards but they haven’t shown up at all at the tournament. They will be going into this in the back of a highly frustrating heavy loss for them and heads looked to be dropping from them in it, while the Czech Republic will be far more buoyant after having claimed a late and unexpected point against the Croatians. That may just tip the balance.
There hasn’t been too much on offer from Turkey at the tournament which is a surprise because they had been getting better and better. But they have been given footballing lessons in their two defeats against Croatia and Spain and don’t look to be a confident side. The Czech Republic may just edge this one sheer spirit alone. Low scoring game, Czech’s to win.
18th June 2016 / lee - Category: Euro Betting