Turkey vs Uzbekistan
Date: Sunday, 2 June 2019
Kick-Off 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Antalya Stadyumu (Antalya).
Turkey will be looking to boost up the confidence with a comprehensive home victory in a friendly against Uzbekistan on Sunday evening at Antalya Stadyumu. Crescent-Stars are about to face their biggest challenges in EURO 2020 Qualification Group H with matches against the likes of France and Iceland upcoming in June.
Senol Gunes’ men got off to a flying kick off to the new qualifying campaign. They picked up two easy clean sheet wins over Albania (0-2) and Moldova (4-0). The hosts made it three wins on the bounce on Thursday evening when they dispatched Greece 2-1 in another friendly. Dusseldorf’s forward Kenan Karaman scored his first ever national team goal in fourth appearance on the occasion, while Roma’s star Cengiz Under was also on target on the occasion.
Turkey vs Uzbekistan: Head-to-head
The two sides did not have the opportunity to play each other in the past.
Turkey vs Uzbekistan: Prediction
Uzbekistan will be in action for the first time since claiming the third place at China Cup in March this year. They fell 3-0 too Uruguay before beating the hosts nation China PR 1-0 in the second match at a friendly-based event.
White Wolves generally played hot and cold over the past couple of years. They went beyond the group stage at the AFC Asian Cup in January this year thanks to wins over Oman (2-1) and Turkmenistan (4-0). Nevertheless, Uzbeks were then stopped in the last 16 round by Australia losing on penalties after the regular time offered no goals.
Turkey have a very tough fixture with world champions France on schedule for next Saturday (EURO Qualifications). Senol Gunes might thus mix up his cards a bit for this friendly, but we generally have reasons to expect the hosts to be dominant against Asian rivals. Turkey allowed only one goal in last four matches and it came in the stoppage time of the aforementioned victory over Greece on Thursday. Home win to nil is the way to go.
Turkey vs Uzbekistan: Bet Tips
Turkey to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap 1.85.
Turkey to keep a clean sheet @ 2.20.