Turkey (@7.0) vs Russia (@1.07)

Our Prediction:

Russia will win

Turkey – Russia Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 08:30

Turkey had a rather dismal campaign in the World Cup Qualifications, but certain improvements can be noticed under Mircea Lucescu. The team head into this with a streak of four games without a loss, but the Romanian manager has reasons to be worried with his defensive line which shipped five goals in last three friendlies against teams like Montenegro, Iran and Tunisia.

The Russians are really desperate for the result and theyll be highly motivated to get one which is why we notice the value in backing the home win at 2.00 odds in the clash at VEB Arena. Teams top scorer Cenk Tosun was sent off in the recent 2-2 draw with Tunisia and he will likely be left out here after a troublesome behaviour which followed the red card.

The previous two were at the World Cup, and ended with a penalty shoot-out victory against Spain but a defeat in the shoot-out against Croatia. Since then, they beat Turkey 2-1 courtesy of Artem Dzyuba and Denis Cheryshevs goals before blowing the Czech Republic away with a 5-1 friendly win. The draw with Sweden in their second UEFA Nations League match was Russias third in their last five matches.

Russia vs Turkey: Prediction

Their squad was largely ridiculed prior to the tournament but in the end they performed well, knocking out Spain and coming within a penalty shootout of the last four. The World Cup went far better than Russians could possibly have hoped for, both on and off the pitch. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov has signed a new two year deal and will have his heart set on guiding Russia to Euro 2020 although he has seen several of his players retire following the World Cup.

Cenk Tosun Everton striker looks set to be given the nod up front, having scored 11 times in his 31 Turkey appearances so far.Hakan Calhanoglou Got the first goal in the win against Sweden in their most recent UEFA Nations League match, and has nine in 35 at international level.Cengiz Under One of a number of rising starts in this Turkey side, the 21-year-old Roma winger has already scored four times for his country.

Emre Akbaba was ruled out of the current Turkey squad through injury, but there were otherwise few changes from the defeat to Russia last time out. Ertugrul Ersoy and Mert Muldur made late substitute appearances in the draw with Bosnia their international debuts while Turkey opted to give Cenk Tosun and Enes Unal a half each up front. It seems likely only one will play again against Russia, with Tosun having been given the nod last month.

In the last 16, Dzyubas penalty ensured a shoot-out against Spain, where Igor Akinfeev was Russias hero in goal as they reached the quarter-finals. Cheryshev and Dzyuba scored again in a 3-1 win against Egypt but a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay left them in second place in the group. There, however, their look ran out losing in the shoot-out to Croatia after a 2-2 draw. After a miserable run of form going into the tournament, Russia put it all behind them in the opening game when they thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 Denis Cheryshev scoring twice and Yury Gazinskiy, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin adding the others.

Turkey Team News

Cenk Tosun No goals yet this season for Everton, but the striker has scored 11 in 29 international appearances.Enes Unal Promising young forward who was originally with Manchester City until work permit issues forced him to head to La Liga.Cengiz Under Roma midfielder is another of the new generation of young Turkish talents looking to make their mark in Europes biggest leagues.

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Denis Cheryshev One of the unlikely heroes of Russias World Cup run, scoring four goals in the tournament despite starting it as a substitute.Artem Dzyuba Has continued the form he showed at the World Cup with seven goals in eight games so far this season for Zenit St Petersburg.Aleksei Ionov Back on the international scene after two years away, the Rostov winger will be looking to set Artem Dzyuba up in the middle.

Both home matches have ended in victories 1-0 against the Republic of Ireland thanks to Mehmet Topals goal and 2-1 against Iran after Cenk Tosuns double. Away from home, they drew 2-2 in Montenegro and 2-2 again with Tunisia in Switzerland thanks to Caglar Soyuncus last-minute equaliser. Turkey are actually unbeaten in 2018, winning two and drawing three of the five friendly matches they have played. And, last time out, Yunus Malli scored their goal in a 1-1 draw with Russia in Moscow.