Turkey vs Iceland by Hassy

Turkey will this week play their final game of Group A in the European Champions qualifying stages, with group-leaders Iceland the visitors hoping to secure their top-spot. Anything other than a win for Iceland could seen them fall foul to the Czech Republic at the top of Group A, and thus receive a harsher draw ahead of next summer’s finals. Despite being two places adrift the in the group, it’s Turkey who are favourites to win and the Turks come into the game in superb form after beating Holland and the Czechs in Prague. Turkey might be five behind, but their convincing 2-0 win over the Czechs at the weekend will have Iceland worried. Turkey, with a win could still qualify as the best third place team so will look to get the win despite a draw being enough for them to guarantee a playoff place. 3 out of Turkey's four home games have seen BTTS, with Holland surprisingly the only country not to manage a goal.


There have been no reported injuries in the Turkey camp after the 2-0 triumph over Czech Republic. Star forward Burak Yilmaz continues to struggle with a hamstring problem and he is unlikely to play any part in the match unless it is absolutely necessary.


Iceland’s own hopes in front of goal lie with the likes of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Gylfi Sigurdsson, both of whom scored their third of the group stages last time out in their 2-2draw with Latvia. It is well worth noting that Iceland have managed to score in 15 out of 16 away games including friendlies and with the Turks becoming edgy as the game progresses it is not asking for too much for them to score. They have also scored in all but one game in the group stages (at home to Kazakistan) where a draw was enough for them to secure qualification.


Coaching duo Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson were able to select the strongest possible squad for the final two qualifiers, where Iceland have little to play for having already sealed Euro 2016 qualification.


First choice goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson has been ruled out of the Turkey match through injury, with uncapped Robert Orn Oskarsson added to the squad as his replacement.


Centre-back Kari Arnason (44/2) suffered a back injury in the match against Latvia and he is rated a major doubt, with Solvi Ottesen (27/0) ready to deputize if needed.


Following a very good performance in the penultimate Euro 2016 qualifier, coach Fatih Terim is unlikely to make any changes to his starting line-up.


I see this game being an equal and nervous affair but with a win of huge importance to both teams I expect an open game to begin with. Iceland will want to finish the group in top place to aid the seeding of the finals in the summer and Turkey will want to win to have any chance of the automatic qualification by finishing as best third place team.

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Comments (2)
I'm on this one, good bet and good value here.
10/13/2015 - 22:05
Keep up the good work Hassy...nice bet like always, gl
10/13/2015 - 23:28
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