Turkey V Albania Betting Tips: Turkey To Nil – 11 October 2019

Yet another uncomplicated victory for Turkey?

Turkey V Albania

Friday 11 October 2019 – 19:45 Kick-Off
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group H
Pick: Turkey Win To Nil
Odds: 51/50
Bookmaker: MarathonBet

1 X 2
43/100 7/2 15/2

* (All betting odds displayed were correct as of 8 October 2019 at 18:30)

Preview: The surprise leaders of Group H are Turkey, who have registered the same number of points as World Cup winners France but lead the way due to a superior head-to-head record. Applying the pressure in third are Iceland, who could capitalise should Turkey fail to beat an Albania team still harbouring an outside chance of finishing in the two automatic qualifying positions. All to play for.

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Turkey Preview – Sixth straight home win beckons?

Results in Group H: Albania 0-2 (A), Moldova 4-0 (H), France 2-0 (H), Iceland 2-1 (A), Andorra 1-0 (H), Moldova 0-4 (A)

The Crescent-Stars are not only shaping up as solid candidates to secure qualification for a second consecutive European Championship but are threatening to do so as Group H winners. After six qualifiers, only France have amassed as many points (15). It is Senol Gunes and his so far excellent Turkish team who currently occupy top spot, though, on the basis of their superior head-to-head record with the world champions, who they beat 2-0 on home soil in June.

Victory against France caught many by surprise at the time, for obvious reasons. After all, Turkey would fail to even qualify for a 2018 World Cup that was subsequently won by Les Bleus. Yet their 2-0 triumph was not by chance; dominating proceedings throughout whilst limiting an all-conquering side to no shots on target. Goals from Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under would seal a famous but fully deserved win.

By some contrast, a 1-0 win over Andorra last time out at home was rather more understated, which was followed by a 4-0 win in Moldova. All important were the outcomes, maintaining not only their occupancy at the top of this group but extending their superb recent form: it is now five consecutive wins at home and seven in their last eight games overall (W7 D1), with six of those wins accompanied by a clean sheet. The only blemish being a 2-1 loss in Reykjavik away to Iceland.

 

Turkey/Turkey (HT/FT Betting)
5/4

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Albania Preview – Slim qualifying hopes reliant on victory?

Results in Group H: Turkey 0-2 (H), Andorra 0-3 (A), Iceland 1-0 (A), Moldova 2-0 (H), France 4-1 (A), Iceland 4-2 (H)

While not completely out of the qualifying picture, the Albanians will know only victory in Turkey will offer them any hope of reducing a six point deficit which stands between them and the automatic qualification spots. The bulk of their nine points, however, would come from routine wins over Andorra and Moldova, who are undeniably the two weakest nations in this section. Therefore making a solid case for them winning this match is not straightforward.

More damning – and possibly a fairer reflection of their level right now – will have been losses to France (4-1), Iceland (1-0) and Turkey (0-2). Those outcomes were, however, prior to last month’s thrilling spectacle with Iceland, registering a vital 4-2 win in Tirana and thus reversing at least one of those losses. Unfortunately for them, there will be no raucous home support on this occasion. That could be significant, with them having lost four of the last five away encounters.

Albania have already slumped to two defeats away from home in this campaign, with their only away success coming in Andorra (0-3). They are not completely without hope, though: including all results earned since the beginning of 2018 World Cup qualifying, ‘The Eagles’ have clinched victory in four of twelve away matches (W4 D1 L7). That may not seem all that remarkable but one result in particular stands out: a 3-2 friendly win in Turkey in November 2017.

 

Turkey V Albania Key Facts:

  • Turkey are currently on a run of five straight home victories, four of which were achieved with a clean sheet.
  • Albania have lost four of their last five away games, three of which were ‘to nil’.
  • Three of the previous four meetings were won by Turkey, who were 2-0 victors in Albania in March but were beaten 3-2 the last occasion they were hosts (2017).

 

 

Betting Summary

Turkey are in the ascendency in this group (W5 L1). Five wins from six qualifiers has them perched atop the standings, above France by virtue of beating the world champs 2-0 on home soil. It is seven wins from their last eight matches, which improves to five from the last five when at home – and four of those were without conceding. Furthermore, they beat the same opposition 2-0 away from home in March.

Albania have been mixed thus far (W3 L3). Victory at home to Iceland in September provided them with some hope of possibly clawing themselves back into contention. Realistically only three points in Turkey will suffice, but some rotten form on their recent travels – losing four of the previous five, three of which were ‘to nil’ – dents any appeal.

Too good in the reverse encounter, when winning 2-0 on the road. It should be a similar story in Istanbul as Turkey target a sixth straight home win. Albania desperately need three points but have shown sparse amount in their recent away performances to suggest that will be the case. Turkey’s superb form has been built on some strong defensive foundations and another win without conceding seems plausible.


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