Turkey vs Finland
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, Group I.
Date: Friday, 24th March 2017
Kick off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Antalya Arena.
Turkey are off to a promising start to the new qualifying campaign in spite of being in a pretty tough group with Croatia, Ukraine and Iceland.
They took five points from four opening rounds and they will have a nice chance to
Improve the stats and the numbers this Friday when they host Finland at Antalya Arena.
Fatih Terim managed to lead his team towards winning a point against Croatia at Maksimir at the start of the competition despite the fact he missed some of the key players including Barcelona’s Arda Turan.
Hakan Calhanoglu has thus been the leader of the team, but Bayer Leverkusen’s midfielder earned suspension and he skipped most of the season in Bundesliga which will be a huge handicap for the national team.
Anyhow, the win over Finland is a must because the visitors are one of the two weakest sides in the group I.
Markku Kanerva’s main problems lie in the final third because Finland lack the predator up front.
This has been the case more or less since Jari Litmanen’s time; and we thus should not be surprised to see the visitors at the bottom of their groups in both EC and WC Qualifications in the recent period.
Turkey vs Finland: Head to head
The two sides have met each other ten times over the history and Finland lead the tie by one win.
The last meeting happened back in May 2012 when Finland took a 3-2 win in a friendly.
Turkey vs Finland: Prediction
Turkey are 2/5 to win the match. They have the imperative to pick up three points if they want to keep their chances for making it to Russia alive.
However, we’d rather advise you to take the Under 2.5 goals bet because both teams are seriously limited in the final third.
Turkey vs Finland: Bet Tips
The main betting pick is Under 2.5 goals at the odds of 1.75 with Unibet
There is value in backing Under 0.5 goals in the first half, offered at 2.75 by Unibet.