Turkey vs Iceland
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Ali Sami Yen (Istanbul).
After holding the world champions to a draw, Turkey stands a great chance to top the group. With just two match-days remaining and taking on Iceland at Istanbul, the Turkish contingent will sweat blood on the pitch to post the three points on the board.
Turkey vs Iceland Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Iceland won 2-1.
- In fact, Turkey lost the previous three fixtures.
- Seven of the prior eight wins went to the teams with home advantage.
- Four of the preceding five encounters saw Iceland scoring twice or more.
- On the road, Iceland scored three goals in the last meeting against this opponent.
Turkey vs Iceland Prediction
Turkey displayed conviction and determination in valiantly taking on the world champions in their latest fixture. They already had the mental edge, as France had lost on the road against this same rival. With h2h points being the first tie-breaker in case of two teams finishing on the same number of points, it was supremely important that the Turks do not lose in the reverse fixture.
As expected, the French had lined up with an enormous squad, but the guests managed in holding them off for quite a long time. In the 76th minute, the world champs did find the back of the net and looked set to avenge their loss in the first round. But against expectations, Turkey equalized the scorecard just nine minutes from full time, and held it till the very end, to make a strong claim for the top-most spot.
Iceland meanwhile, with the aid of the home advantage, scored a victory over one of the weakest teams in the group, Andorra. Not only did they register the win, but they kept a clean sheet as well.
This upcoming match-day, both teams will be keen for the win. Just two more games remain in this qualification stage, and with France in the same mix, no more points can be afforded to drop.
Iceland did win the reverse leg of this match-up and have performed fantastically well in recent h2h clashes. They also possess a phenomenal fighting spirit, and with the opportunity to get into the mains of the Euros, we can count on them to find the back of the net at least once.
However, with the confidence of having trumped France, and the support of the home crowd, the Turks do hold the upper hand here. Moreover, experience-wise, they are miles ahead of that of Iceland too, and finally, the performances of Iceland on the road over the course of last several games have been shambolic at best.
Taking these observations into account, count on Turkey to emerge victorious this Thursday.
Turkey vs Iceland Betting Tips
To Win: Turkey @ 1.80 (4/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).