Turkey vs Iceland by Isaiah
Turkey is far below the powerful nations in Europe for years and years now, but the nation now has a chance to reach the World Cup group stage, being drawn in pretty difficult (for them) and equal group along side Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Finland and Kosovo. With two rounds till the end, they are at third posiiton having two points less than leaders from Iceland and Croatia.
That means that the Turks can only remain alive in this battle with all three points here against Iceland, side against which they've lost last October on the road with 2:0 result. During the previous qualifying phase, Turks lost to Ukraine and were almost overwritten in the battle, however bounced back with a bit unexpected victory at home over Croatia with narrow 1:0 result (only goal scored in 75th minute via Tosun) now knowing that anything but a three pointer is a negative result, while in case of a victory their chances wouldn't be small, at least for the second position as they visit Finland in the last round.
Turks will miss defenders Hakan Balta (50/2, Galatasaray), Hasan Ali Kaldirim (20/0, Fenerbahce) and midfielder Yasin Oztekin (6/0, Galatasaray) in comparison to previous few call-ups.
Iceland, on the other side, had similar story as Turkey in the previous qualifying window as the side firstly lost on the road to Finland narrowly 1:0, but then improved and got a three pointer at home over Ukraine with a 2:0 result in order to get back into the race. Must be said that they didn't play that game in a good way, actually with the Ukrainians being better side, but the hosts were awaiting them on counters mostly.
Goals from Sigurdsson made the difference in 47th and 66th minute, with the guests trying to respond and again being better, but the scoreline change never came. Iceland now needs to get something out of this match, with a draw probably meaning they can get the second spot as they await Kosovo in the last round, but still there are too many combinations and surely that they will be trying to get the three pointer at first.
Visitors will miss defender Hallgrimur Jonasson (16/3, Lyngby), midfielders Aron Sigurdarson (5/2, Tromso), Elias Mar Omarsson (9/0, Goteborg), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (36/0, Elazigspor) and forwards Kjartan Finnbogason (7/1, Horsens) in comparison to previous few call-ups.
Very important match for both sides and they actually both need to search for a three pointer. Something that promises more open game than what the odds suggest, therefore my first betting choice will be over goals for this one, since none of the teams can wait for too long in order to attack and once the goal gets scored, the game should be wide open. Value surely is with goals in this game.