Euro Betting: Turkey vs Wales 16th June
Group Stage | Group A | Baku
Their Euros So Far
With all teams now entering their second group games, Turkey meet Wales in their Group A encounter. Both sides are still waiting for their first win of Euro 2020, with Turkey being stuffed 3-0 by Italy in the tournament opener, and the Welsh somehow snatching a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
It’s fair to say, the Turks weren’t at the races against Italy. An uncharacteristically lethargic and passive performance in which the Italians were able to pass and move around them at will. But, after a qualifying campaign where they beat world champions, France, they will be hoping their Euro opener defeat is no more than a blip for their young squad as they look to turn things around in what is essentially a home game in Baku.
As for Wales, their hard fought draw against Switzerland will no doubt give them confidence and hope of progressing to the knockout stages, but it should also serve as a warning, with the Swiss very unlucky not to take all three points.
Target man, Kieffer Moore will be delighted to have got off the mark in the opening game, with his brilliant header – in spite of being heavily bandaged for a head wound – salvaging the game for his country. The Welsh will know they can rely on him, Bale and Ramsey to provide such value in games where it matters most.
This will be the first meeting between the sides in almost 25 years! The game in question was a remarkable 6-4 victory for the Turks in a 1998 World Cup qualifier. Turkish legend Hakan Sukur scored four goals in the victory, with Wales 2-0 down after eight minutes, recovering to lead 3-2 and 4-3, before conceding twice late on to miss out on the finals.
Aside from such an entertaining game, there has been little to choose between the sides in their last six games, with a number of stale draws and marginal 1-0 wins for both sides. Yet, a considerable amount of time has since passed, with little to no bearing being expected upon this latest game.
Interestingly, current Turkey coach, Senol Gunes was Turkey’s goalkeeper for their 1979 Euro qualifier against Wales, as well as for the two nation’s World Cup qualifying meetings in 1982.
So, it’s clearly about time the two sides re-established a modern football battle against one another, and another four-goal showing from one player off either side would be most welcome!
Will Turkey get back to their aggressive best to be in with a chance of progressing? Or will the Welsh Dragon fight fire with fire?