Turkey vs Finland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview
Kick Off: 17:00 Hrs
Venue: Antalya Stadyumu
Fri 24th Mar 2017
Turkey vs Finland Match Prediction
Finland will be looking for their first victory of their World Cup 2017 qualifying campaign when they travel to Turkey on Friday evening. Turkey picked up a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Kosovo in the previous round thanks to two second-half goals from Burak Yilmaz and Volkan Sen. On the contrary, Finland were beaten 1-0 on the road in Ukraine last time out, with Hans Backe’s men conceding the goal just before the half-hour mark. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT.
Betting Predictions and Tips
Although they have only won one of their opening four games in this WC Qualifying campaign, Turkey have been a decent side in front of their own fans over the past two years. They are undefeated in eleven home fixtures across all competitions in front of their own fans, while winning seven in the process. I’m backing Turkey to maximise their home advantage and to grab all three points in this one. I’m also expecting a high-scoring affair, as three of the last five meetings between these two sides have seen at least three goals scored.
Turkey have endured a disappointing start to this World Cup qualifying campaign, having won just one of their opening four qualifiers. Their 2-0 home win over Kosovo last time out was actually their first triumph in group I. Prior to this result, the Turks managed two consecutive draws against Croatia and Ukraine, along with a 2-0 defeat against Iceland. They had the better ball possession in Iceland, but they were unable to come back into the game after conceding two goals within the space of two minutes just before halftime. Turkey currently sit in 4th spot in the group I table with just five points under their belts after four rounds. However, Turkey can count on their home form ahead of this clash as they are undefeated in their last eleven home fixtures across all competitions, winning seven and drawing four in the process. The bad news is that Turkey have lost four of their five home meetings with Finland in all competitions, conceding at least two goals in three of these. Turkey’s best player, Arda Turan, is still out due to the misunderstanding he had with coach Fatih Terim and the fans at Euro 2016 in France. However, Manchester City’s wonderkid Enes Unal has been rewarded for his impressive form at Twente this season with a call-up to the national team squad. He will be competing for a place upfront with Besiktas’ in-form striker Cenk Tosun and Wolfsburg’s forward Yunus Malli.
Meanwhile, it appears that Finland are having another disappointing qualifying campaign for a major International tournament, as they are winless after the opening four rounds of this World Cup qualification process. They kicked off their WC qualifying campaign with a disappointing 1-1 home draw against the debutantes Kosovo and followed this up with three straight defeats at the hands of Iceland, Croatia and Ukraine. The Finns did well to score two goals on the road in Iceland, but they have failed to find the back of the net in their most recent two defeats at the hands of Croatia and Ukraine. Finland managed to beat Morocco in a friendly fixture at the beginning of January but suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat at the hands of Slovenia B (the reserve squad) four days later. Their narrow 0-1 win over Morocco was their sole triumph in their last 15 games across all competitions. Finland currently sit in 5th position in the group I table tied on one point with the bottom-placed Kosovo. Away from home, Finland are winless in two competitive fixtures since a 0-1 victory in Greece in their European qualifiers back in September 2015. The good news is that the Finns have picked up victories in four of their five visits to Turkey. A player to watch here is Joel Pohjanpalo, as the 22-year-old striker has scored four goals in just 30 minutes during his first two appearances for his club Bayer Leverkusen so far this season. The New York City FC’s player Alex Ring has also been called up to the Finland National Team for this WC qualifier against Turkey.
Turkey Team News
Arda Turan is still out due to the misunderstanding he had with coach Fatih Terim at the Euro 2016, while Cengiz Under is out due to a hip injury. However, Enes Unal has been rewarded for his impressive form at Twente this season with a call up to the national team squad.
Finland Team News
There are no fresh injury concerns for Finland ahead of this trip, but the New York City FC’s player Alex Ring has also been called up to the Finland National Team for this clash.