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