Turkey vs Republic of Ireland
Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK
Venue: Antalya Stadyumu (Antalya).
Republic of Ireland are about to hit the court for the first time after the horrendous 1-5 defeat to Denmark in the reverse fixture of their playoffs tie in the final battle for the appearance at the World Cup in Russia. Martin O’Neill is still thee head coach in spite of the mentioned failure and he will be looking to instill some confidence into his players with a result here against Turkey. A potential defeat would further ruin the atmosphere in and around the nation side given that the team has a super tough fixture against France on Monday.
The Boys in Green should have plenty of space to create in the final third here, though, as Turkey have just been incapable of keeping things tight at the back in their recent set of friendlies in November last year. Mircea Lucescu’s men have shipped as many as ten goals in last four matches.
Turkey have first suffered a tough 0-3 defeat to Iceland before sharing the spoils in the final qualifier against Finland (2-2 draw). November’s friendlies have seen concede two to Romania and as many as three to Albania. Nottingham Forest’s Daryl Murphy and Southampton’s Shane Long should thus have room to deliver the goods at Antalya Stadyumu.
Turkey vs Republic of Ireland: Head-to-head
The two teams will take on each other for the 12th time over the history.
The draw has been the most common of the outcomes, happening on 5 occasions, while Turkey have only picked up 2 wins in the process.
Both teams have scored in four of last five head to head games.
Turkey vs Republic of Ireland: Prediction
Backing goals at both ends has a tremendous value at the 2.25 odds given that both teams have been pretty vulnerable at the back lately (as well as their H2H history).
The value-seekers can try with Republic of Ireland to net two or more goals at the odds of 4.50.
Turkey vs Republic of Ireland: Bet Tips
Odds are correct at the time of compiling this article. Please gamble responsibly (18+).