Turkey vs Finland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Turkey vs Finland Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

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.  

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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 to win and Over 2.5 goals at 5/4

Both teams to score - Yes at 5/4

Turkey Preview

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. 

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Finland Preview

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. 

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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.

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Turkey Form Guide

Turkey Team Logo

Turkey

Won

5

Draw

4

Lost

1
W A

21-06-2016

EURO Grp. D

Czech Republic Team Logo Czech Republic

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

31-08-2016

Friendlies

Russia Team Logo Russia

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

05-09-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Croatia Team Logo Croatia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

06-10-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Ukraine Team Logo Ukraine

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

09-10-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Iceland Team Logo Iceland

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

12-11-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Kosovo Team Logo Kosovo

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

24-03-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Finland Team Logo Finland

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

27-03-2017

Friendlies

Moldova Team Logo Moldova

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

05-06-2017

Friendlies

Macedonia Team Logo Macedonia

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

11-06-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Kosovo Team Logo Kosovo

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

Finland Form Guide

Finland Team Logo

Finland

Won

1

Draw

3

Lost

6
D H

05-09-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Kosovo Team Logo Kosovo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

06-10-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Iceland Team Logo Iceland

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

09-10-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Croatia Team Logo Croatia

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

12-11-2016

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Ukraine Team Logo Ukraine

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

09-01-2017

Friendlies

Morocco Team Logo Morocco

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

13-01-2017

Friendlies

Slovenia Team Logo Slovenia

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

24-03-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Turkey Team Logo Turkey

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

28-03-2017

Friendlies

Austria Team Logo Austria

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

07-06-2017

Friendlies

Liechtenstein Team Logo Liechtenstein

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

11-06-2017

World Cup Qualification UEFA 1st Round Grp. I

Ukraine Team Logo Ukraine

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

Turkey Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Finland Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS + Win

BTTS + Draw

BTTS + Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Head to Head
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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Volkan Babacan 192 86
7 LB Gokhan Gonul 174 73
15 CD Mehmet Topal 187 82
4 CD Omer Toprak 186 83
3 RB Ismail Koybasi 177 75
19 CM Yunus Malli 179 70
10 CM Arda Turan 178 76
8 CDM Selcuk Inan 182 74
11 RM Olcay Sahan 179 71
20 LM Volkan Sen 175 68
9 CF Cenk Tosun 183 78
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Lucas Hradecky 187 64
18 RB Jere Uronen 177 69
3 CD Niklas Moisander 182 74
2 CD Paulus Arajuuri 192 89
13 LB Kari Arkivuo 177 72
6 CM Alexander Ring 173 69
16 CM Sakari Mattila 187 75
8 RM Perparim Hetemaj 176 68
7 LM Robin Lod 180 76
20 CF Joel Pohjanpalo 185 83
10 CF Teemu Pukki 176 66