Turkey v Iceland
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Thursday evening, Turkey and Iceland go head-to-head in Group H of qualifying for next years European Championships. The clash could be pivotal in deciding who qualifies for Euro 2020.
Turkey have been one of the surprise-packages of the qualifying campaign so far. The home side is currently top of the group ahead of France courtesy of a superior head-to-head record.
They are also four points clear of the third-place visitors. Turkey only needs a point from this clash to secure qualification for next years tournament.
Senol Gunes’ side has been outstanding in qualifying, winning six of their eight qualifiers, with their only blip coming in the reverse fixture, a 2-1 defeat.
A good defensive record has been the foundations of Turkey’s stellar campaign, as they have managed five clean sheets in their last seven qualifiers.
The scenario is simple for Iceland, they have to win to qualify for Euro 2020. However, that is a tall order considering that Turkey have won their last six home qualifiers without conceding a goal.
A recent inconsistent run of form in qualifying, consisting of two defeats from their last three outings could prove fatal to their qualification hopes. After defeats against Albania and France, the Nordic team did bounce back last time out with a 2-0 home win over Andorra.
The visitors recent away form has also been their downfall, as they have lost three of their last four qualifiers. Iceland have also conceded eight goals in their last two qualifiers on their travels. The visitors do have one positive in the fact that they have won the last three meetings between the two teams.
Turkey have no reported injuries. However, a number of their players, including striker Cenk Tosun, will miss the last group game if booked. Iceland are without experienced midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and winger Johan Berg Gudmundsson.