To kick off at this coming Wednesday is the match between Turkey and Wales at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu for a match in the 2nd round of the Euro group stages. Turkey arrive at the Euro 2020 placed 29 in the FIFA world ranking, thus indicating a close match against Wales who look at the Euro 2020 from number 17 in the FIFA world ranking.
They did well enough in qualifying to have claimed first place in some groups, but Turkey had to settle for 2nd spot. They are likely to exit the Euro 2020 before the final, but could still be in for a good run. Losing out to Italy is no shame, as the Italians are not the side against which the Turks need to measure their strength.
Wales needed to fight tooth and nail to hang on to 2nd place in qualifying and did well to secure a place at the Euro 2020. They enter their next match with high hopes, as they claimed a point against the Swiss who controlled large parts of the match.
Turkey vs Wales stats and analysis
Turkey have not exactly set the world alight recently when it comes to goal scoring. Turkey scored a modest 16 times in the last 10 internationals for an average of lowly 1.6 goals per game. They managed a clean sheet in 7 of these matches, conceding just 6 goals which is an average of 0.6 per game. Three of those goals came against Italy!
Wales do not hold a reputation of being a high scoring team. Wales only found the back of the net 11 times in the last 10 internationals, creating an average of just 1.1 goals per game. However, they were very solid in defence with 9 goals conceded, which is a highly respectable average of 0.9 per game. Strangely enough they managed just 3 clean sheets in of these matches.
Turkey got off to a nightmare opening of the Euro 2020 and need to respond quickly. While thoroughly bleak in offense they let in 3 goals and losing again would probably mean exiting the tournament.
Wales came away from their first encounter at the Euros with a hard fought point, thus keeping their plan of reaching the knock out stages very much alive.
Stats and facts for Turkey and Wales.
- Turkey scored in the last 10 of 12 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Turkey's last 5 of 7 matches;
- Turkey have not conceded in the last 5 of 7 matches.
- Wales unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Wales's last 8 of 10 matches;
- Wales scored in the last 14 of 16 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Wales's last 5 matches in the row.
Lineup Turkey vs Wales
Form Turkey vs Wales
Turkey hope to boost points tally.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Turkey who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their last 3 international matches Turkey split the points in a 0-0 draw against Guinea and followed that up with a 2-0 win against Moldova, before taking part in a 3-0 defeat against Italy.
One can't really critize Wales when it comes to results in recent matches as they have been pretty much according to their level. In their last 3 international matches Wales were hammered by France in a 3-0 defeat and followed that up with a drab 0-0 draw against Albania, before stealing a point in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
Turkey v Wales Fixture History
The 2 nations have not played an international match against each since a World Cup qualifier in 1997. Back then Turkey claimed an emphatic 6-4 and one can only hope for just as entertaining a match!
Full Time Betting
Following odds are available for this match with the bookmakers: Turkey to win pays out at 2.30, the best prize for a draw is 3.00, while an away win for Wales returns you odds 3.30.
It is hard to look past Burak Yilmaz when searching for a goalscorer for Turkey. Burak Yilmaz managed to hit the target 2 times in 6 previous outings for Turkey. Wales are banking on Kieffer Moore to bring his A-game to the table as he has has been on target 2 times in 6 recent internationals.