Turkey and Iceland will both attempt to take a huge step towards UEFA Euro 2020 when they clash in a big qualifying game next week.
Many fans will remember Turkey’s fantastic showing in UEFA Euro 2008 and some will recall their phenomenal displays in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Now, it feels like it’s time for them to deliver once again. They’ve had a phenomenal qualification campaign so far, and it finally seems like they’ve got a squad that works as a cohesive unit. Whether or not they can keep it going in an actual tournament is another matter, but for now, they need to focus on pipping France to the top spot in the group.
Their last six games have featured a lot of joy for this Turkey team, with four wins in that run. They beat world champions France in a stunning performance, they edged past Andorra & Albania, and they were able to put Moldova to the sword. They also secured a draw against France in the reverse fixture, but against Iceland, they lost 2-1 – and they’ll be out for revenge.
Iceland’s heroics in UEFA Euro 2016 will live on forever in the history of international football, and we’re excited to see how they can add to that legacy. They’ll forever be known as the ultimate underdogs at this level due to their size, but they keep making magic happen regardless. They’ll almost certainly have to settle for the playoffs at this stage but if they’re able to pick up a win here, they’ll start to believe that another wonderful run is possible.
Iceland’s last outing was a nice 2-0 win over Andorra, and in their last six, they’ve also picked up wins over Moldova, Albania and most importantly Turkey. They were edged out by France in a narrow 1-0 defeat, and they were stunned 4-2 by Albania which was a huge knock to their qualification hopes.
Entertainment is going to be high on the agenda for a game of this magnitude, with Turkey and Iceland both serving as really fun foes for world champions France. In the end, though, it’s pretty clear to see that Turkey have more quality throughout the core of their squad. Iceland are going to give them a great game because they give literally everyone a great game, but when push comes to shove, the home will officially book their place in next year’s European Championships.
While Turkey don’t tend to let games get too out of control, we think the visitors are going to drag them down into a fire fight. As such, we’re backing the over 2.5 goals, and we think it’ll clear it by quite a margin – so make sure you try and tune in.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 8/11 and the over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 1/1. (All odds are taken from bet365).