Turkey vs Estonia
Turkey lost 2-0 away to Holland to their first game for the World Cup qualifiers. Defensively they had many problems, but showed some good offensive football, and they did not scored just by bad luck. Tonight’s game against Estonia will be played at Sukru Saracoglu and more than 20,000 Turks will attend in the stands, and everyone can understand that this is a very important and vital game for Turkey in order to have hopes for qualification.
The lineup of Turkey will be the same as that of last Friday as coach Abdullah Avci stated. Keeper Volkan, defender Korkmaz, and Balta from Galatasaray left out of the squad due to injuries. The lineup will change in relation to that we saw against Netherlands, as Sararer (Geuther Furth) and Torun (Stuttgart) did not satisfied at all, while Inan (Galatasaray) who is considered the leading midfielder of Turkish league, will be to the starting eleven. All three strikers, Mevlüt Erdinç (Rennes), Umut Bulut and Burak Yılmaz (Galatasaray), are fit and ready to participate.
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Estonia lost at home with the score of 0-2 against Romania to their first game for the World Cup qualifiers. They were little bit competitive in the first half, but they were unable to keep the pace against the Romanians. Romania scored with Torje and Marica and took the important victory.
There will be lot of changes in the lineup of Estonia to tonight’s match, just to present a more fresh and competitive squad as their coach stated. Turkey is famous for their home record, and Estonia must be totally focused if they want to take a result there. Experienced defenders Piiroja (Flora Tallinn) and Barengrub (Kalju) are both out of the squad, while midfielder Lindpere is back after injury. Estonia will prefer a full defensive formation with only Oper on top of the attack. Generally their squad is nothing special especially in front line, where expect Oper, there is very thin solutions like Ojamaa (Motherwell), Saag (Vejle) and Voskoboinikov (Dinamo Tbilisi).
Turkey is correctly the big favorite of this match, as they remain superior when they are playing at Turkish land, and it will be a big surprise if they will not win this one. If Estonia will not afford the first half hour, everything will be better for Turkey to finish the game easy.
Bet: Turkey -1.75 Asian handicap @1.94 with Pinnacle Sports
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