Turkey vs France go head to head in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday 8th June at Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu in Konya. Turkey face a tough test as they host the world champions, and Didier Deschamps’ men are the odds-on favourites for an away day victory.
Can the hosts cause an upset, and continue Senol Gunes’ unbeaten run? You can see our betting tips and predictions below.
Turkey to win – 11/2
Draw – 14/5
France to win – 1/2
Kick Off Time: 19:45pm
Date: Saturday 8th June 2019
Competition: Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Venue: Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu
Turkey have hired returning boss Senol Gunes, who helped guide them to third place at the 2002 World Cup, and he’s made a decent start to his second stint in charge. They’ve won four in a row across all competitions with back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying victories against Moldova and Albania. As good as they were in those two games, this is a significant step-up, and although they are likely to put up a decent fight, they are widely predicted to come up short in this fixture. They have enough quality in their side to cause France some problems, and the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu and Cenk Tosun are always a threat, but Les Bleus will really test their defence. They’ve been good at the back in recent months, but the quality of opponent is questionable. Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches to choose from, and he will surely be able to mastermind another victory here. They’ve already eased past Iceland and Moldova in this group, but won’t have it all their own way in this tough-looking fixture.
Senol Gunes has a relatively full strength squad to pick from, and will be able to pick his strongest possible XI for this crucial fixture. The likes of Kenan Karaman and Trabzonspor’s Abdulkadir Omur were both given a run out earlier in the week, and will be hoping to play some part in this fixture.
Nazim Sangare was an unused sub against Uzbekistan, but he is likely to return to the side for this game.
Some questions have been asked about the fitness of Kylian Mbappe, who limped off against Bolivia earlier in the week, but Deschamps appears confident that he will play some part in this fixture. A number of players including Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko have only just joined the squad following their participation in the Champions League, and the former could be rested for this fixture.
Clement Lenglet was admitted to hospital with a skin complaint, but has reportedly been released, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him given a start.
Absentees for this fixture include Alexandre Lacazette, Ousmane Dembele and Nabil Fekir.
There are so many goalscoring options for France, and it’s difficult to know who will be given the nod by Deschamps. Olivier Giroud is often favoured by the French coach, and will provide an aerial threat throughout. He is fresh from netting in the Europa League final, and is a slightly bigger price than teammates Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
If you were looking for an alternative goalscoring bet, Burak Yilmaz is an interesting contender off the back of a 15-goal campaign for Besiktas. He netted in Turkey’s victory against Albania, and is a constant nuisance despite turning 33 earlier this year.
However, we’re sticking with Olivier Giroud, who is a decent price at 8/5 with Paddy Power to score anytime on Saturday night.
Despite keeping a number of clean sheets in recent weeks, Turkey will find it difficult to keep this very talented France side off the score-sheet. They also offer a significant threat themselves, and this could potentially lead to a very entertaining clash on Saturday evening.
Both teams have six points on board, and Turkey have very little to lose in this one. They aren’t expected to collect three points, and that freedom may just help them to find the net in Konya.
Over 2.5 Goals is priced at Evens with Ladbrokes, and that looks fairly generous considering the two sides’ goalscoring abilities.
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