Monday 13/10/2014, 21:45, Euro 2016 Qualification, Latvia vs Turkey
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Turkey is on a downward spiral to oblivion and unless they and the losing streak quickly, they will be out of the qualification race. They are already trailing the Czech Republic and Iceland, while still having to face the Netherlands in two games. The outcome of this match against Latvia will determine whether they remain in contention, which explains the motivation. The hosts have lower expectations and would gladly settle for a point, with complete disregard to the fact that they play at home.
Latvia vs Turkey Odds
Latvia 6.30, Draw 4.20, Turkey 1.65
Latvia vs Turkey Tips
Latvia prepared for the European championship qualification campaign with a string of friendly games. In both these matches and Baltic cup fixtures, they used a defensive formation with a single striker, trying to limit the number of goals conceded. For a while this went silky smooth, as they managed to keep a clean sheet in four consecutive games.
It all went down the drain in the match against Iceland, when the Nordic team score 3 unanswered goals and left them no chance to come back. At least in theory, Turkey should be an even more dangerous opponent, but the southern Europeans looked toothless in both games played so far.
Fatih Terim is an immensely experienced coach and will properly prepare this match, but pressure is mounting and the fans are about to lose their patience. The fact that Turkey allowed five goals while scoring just one is bad enough, but the fact that they were conceded at home against the Czech
Republic and in Iceland, only makes matters worse.
Terim won't lose his composure though and tonight will stick to the starting formation that he used in both games, while making just slight adjustments.
This means that Bulut will still spearhead the offensive, which makes perfect sense since he was the only one to score against the Czech Republic. Five midfielders, should give Turkey the edge over Latvia and some of these players are expected to join Bulut offensively.
- In three head to head games, Latvia won once and the other two ended undecided, with Turkey chasing its first victory.
- Pressure is huge on the visitors who are quite desperate to win, while the hosts can retreat in their own half and wait for Turkey to commit a mistake.
Latvia vs Turkey Prediction
Bookmakers are overly confident in Turkey to win the first game in this qualifying campaign, despite the disappointing recent results. This provides punters with the excellent opportunity of backing Latvia to win or draw at odds of 2.25 Pinnacle Sports. Those who don't like taking chances, can even go for the 1:0 Asian handicap, to have the stakes returned if Turkey prevails by the odd goal.
Bet: Latvia or Draw @ 2.25 with Pinnacle Sports