Turkey (@7.0) vs Russia (@1.07)

Our Prediction:

Russia will win

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

The Turks are on a hot streak with 5 straight victories in which they were very efficient scoring 80 points or more almost every time. The home court always provides them with a fantastic energy, and despite missing Enes Kanter because of the political issues, Turkey is going to be one hell of a team. The Turks are a mixture of youth and experience, and they have a well-balanced team on every position. Bobby Dixon, Semih Erden, Osman, Aldemir, all these guys can provide fantastic games.

Somehow they found the way to win(!) 2-3, with Emre Akbaba scoring twice in the dying minutes of the match. Their defeat to Russia at home last month is their only one in their last eight matches. The other day, they hosted Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly match, which ended without goals. Turkey had some wild four days last month. On the other hand, against BiH, on Thursday, they kept their first clean sheet in seven games. They lost at home, won away, making them a super difficult team to read. They lost 1-2 at home to Russia on their Nations League debut, and then were losing 2-0 in Sweden early in the second half.

Both teams have scored in all of their last four though and their most recent competitive home international saw them concede 3 against Iceland so they clearly have vulnerabilities at the back. Russia scored 11 times at the World Cup and showcased far more firepower than anyone was expecting. However they have also only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 15 international matches overall and without a home crowd behind them, they are likely to be less of a force to be reckoned with.

The point they earned with that 0-0 has them at the top of the group table, on four from two matches. If they beat Turkey, they make sure they finish higher than them in the table, plus, it will create a six-point gap between them and Sweden, meaning that it will take the Swedes a small miracle to leave Russia second. They finished the game on bigger ball possession, more attempts than the Swedes, but just one on target, and generally lacked spark. After last months big wins in Turkey and at home over Czechia (1-2 and 5-1, Nations League and friendly game respectively), Russia looked set to do much better than what they ended up doing against troubled Sweden on Thursday. Key word, if.

Turkey vs Russia Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Artem Dzyuba His goal against Turkey when the two countries last met was his 15th for Russia, having established himself as their leading striker during the World Cup.Denis Cheryshev The break-out star of Russias run to the World Cup quarter-finals, and a goalscorer in Turkey too.Aleksandr Golovin Monaco playmaker returned to the side last time out, and will hope to build on his own form at the World Cup which included a goal and two assists in the opening game.

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.

Last month, in Turkey, Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead and, after Serdar Azizs equaliser just before half-time, Artem Dzyubas goal early in the second period secured an away win. This will be the third time the two nations have met in 2018, having also drawn 1-1 in a friendly in June ahead of the World Cup Aleksandr Samedov scoring for the hosts before Yunus Malli equalised after the break. Turkey are yet to beat Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union, with defeat in the reverse fixture making it three Russian wins and two draws in the five games they have played.

Instead, Aleksandr Golovin who missed the win in Turkey returned to the starting line-up, while Guilherme was back in goal. Russia attracted headlines for the wrong reasons in the build-up to their match with Sweden, following news Aleksandr Kokorin had been arrested for assault. Daler Kuzyaev dropped to the bench on the wing, but could return to the starting line-up in place of Alexei Ionov. It should not have affected them on the pitch, therefore, as they continue to build on the back of their successful home World Cup. The striker has not played since March, however, with Artem Dzyuba having established himself as the countrys number one striker during Kokorins injury absence. Alan Dzagoev was not named in the match-day squad against Sweden, despite being ruled fit enough to be called up.

This Fridays match sees Turkey and Russia enter the UEFA Nations League. The pair find themselves in League B, Group 2 along with Sweden and it should be a pretty competitive group given it does contain two World Cup Quarter-Finalists. The sides played out a draw only three months ago so they should be pretty familiar with each other and it has the makings of a close game.

Turkey vs Russia Prediction

Their impressive form in September shows their potential, as they followed up a victory in Turkey by hammering the Czech Republic 5-1 at home. On top of that, the hosts have won three of those five encounters, and they are chasing a fourth victory this weekend. Turkey head to Sochi having failed to win any of their last five meetings with Russia.

Expert Verdict: Russia managed to find form at just the right time for the 2018 World Cup, putting a miserable run of form behind them to reach a respectable quarter-final finish at their home tournament. Turkey were one of the teams they failed to beat in the build-up to the tournament, but buoyed by their World Cup performances - and having also not lost this fixture since the break-up of the Soviet Union - they should have enough to win.

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They had a positive record during the preparation with 5 victories and 4 defeats, but from our point of view, they didnt show their real face. Aleksey Shved and Timofey Mozgov are the two biggest stars in the Russian team, but we have to add that the rest of the core is sustained by experienced players who play in the domestic league, mostly in CSKA Moscow. Russia is a mystery. They are relying on a high number of points without actually putting too much effort on the defensive end. It means that they know each other very well.

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.