FYR Macedonia vs Turkey
International Friendly Match
Date: Monday, 5th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET
Venue: Arena Filip II (Skopje).
Macedonia are coming on the back of a disappointing campaign at the World Cup qualifiers. At the end of find round of five fixtures, they are left 3 points in their account, literally ending their dreams to play in the prestigious tournament next year.
The Red Lions lost four on the bounce before picking up a win in their fifth game against Lichtenstein. They did back up the win with yet another morale boosting 3-0 result against Belarus in a friendly at Skopje 4 days later.
The morale and confidence at the Turkish camp will be totally different to that of their hosts. They are still in contention for a place at the World Cups from a group that contains Croatia, Iceland and Ukraine. Fatih Terim’s team are fourth in the standings 5 short of leaders Croatia and 2 short of the second placed Iceland.
The Crescent Stars were beaten just once since their exit from the Euro 2016. The defeat came in a difficult World Cup qualification fixture away at Iceland. Since then, there has been 3 wins, against Kosovo and Finland in the qualifiers, well backed up by a 3-1 win against Moldova in a friendly at home.
Macedonia vs Turkey: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between the sides since they met in a friendly in 2006 at Skopje. Macedonia bagged a narrow 1-0 win on that occasion.
Turkey were unbeaten in the four matches since then with 3 wins and a draw, all coming in qualifiers. They also won the two previous trips to Macedonia by the same 1-2 score-line.
Macedonia vs Turkey: Prediction
Heavy squad rotations are expected from both head-coaches as this fixture serve as an opportunity to perfect the tactics. Also, a setting to give the fringes a prolonged run in the first squad.
Comparing the team strengths, Turkey are far ahead of the Macedonians and their form are excellent. It will be worth to go with an away win, with both teams to score in combination boosting the value of the total earnings.
Macedonia vs Turkey: Bet Tips
BTTS and Turkey to win at 5.00 odds by Bet365
Over 2.5 goals at 2.35 at Bet365.