Turkey vs Iran
International – Friendly
Date: Monday, 28 May 2018
Kick-Off at 19:15 UK
Venue: Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu (Istanbul).
Iran have been in fine form and they look to retain such consistency as they travel to Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu for their Friendly clash against Turkey, lifting their spirits ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
Team Melli have thus bagged five wins in their last six outings and come into the match on the back of a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan, with yet another rock-solid defensive display on the record. They’ve impressed and based their success on such performances and we do hope we’re in for another such quest in Istanbul, as Carlos Queiroz’s men look to capitalize on Turkey’s inconsistencies.
Turkey have struggled to hold their own in World Cup Qualifiers Group I and they’ve finished only 4th behind Iceland, Croatia, and Ukraine. They’ve had many troubles at the back and just couldn’t outgun rivals despite solid performances in the attacking third, earning just one win in last five games – with two draws and two losses suffered along the way with a high total of nine goals conceded along the way.
Iran Team News
Carlos Quiroz has a fully strength squad to choose from, having retained most of the players that were part of the qualifying rounds.
The young Sardar Azmoun is the one to watch here having scored a massive 23 goals from 31 appearances relegating the seasoned Reza Ghoochannejhad and Karim Ansarifard to the bench.
Iran Predicted Starting Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Beiranvand – Hajsafi, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Rezaeian – Ezatolahi – Amiri, Ebrahimi, Jahanbakhsh, Dejagah – Azmoun.
Turkey Team News
Hakan Calhanoglu is out with an injury while Nuri Sahin is retired from internationals.
Mircea Lucescu decided not to call up on Arda Turan who has not played an international match since the defeat to Iceland in the qualifiers on 6th October 2017.
However, the likes of Mehmet Topal, Cengiz Under and Yunus Malli could fill the void in the center of the park.
Turkey Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Babacan – Kaldirim, Ayhan, Soyuncu, Ozbayrakli – Topal, Yokuslu – Under, Malli, Yazici – Tosun.
Turkey vs Iran: Head-to-head
- This will be the first head-to-head clash for the sides in recent history.
- Iran do seem to be in better shape at this point and the contest does come at a great time for them.
- Turkey hope to use the home ground and make their way to the historic first win over the rivals.
Turkey vs Iran: Prediction
We will now back Iran to leave Istanbul unbeaten and stick our necks out for Double Chance – Draw or away win at 1.83, which seems great value seeing their recent performances. They’ve been great at the back and Turkey could have troubles coping with them as they struggle to retain consistency.
We will now go for Iran to turn the contest their way and this would mean a narrow occasion with few goals too. With that in mind, we’ll also back Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.60 – seeing six of Iran’s last ten games end that way as well as four of Turkey’s last seven at home!
Turkey vs Iran Betting Tips
Double Chance – Draw or away win @ 1.83
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.60.