Russia v Turkey Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th October 2018

Russians to seal important points against Turks

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Russia v Turkey Betting Tips – UEFA Nations League, 14th October 7.45pm

Russia played out a draw with Sweden during midweek which leaves them top of Group 2 in League B in the Nations League and fully in control. If they could drill home three points against Turkey on the weekend, that would leave Russia four points clear at the top with just one to play. So they will be looking for a big result here, but Turkey would take over if they could spring a surprise. Read our predictions for Russia v Turkey.

Russia v Turkey Betting Odds*

Russia 21/20
Draw 9/4
Turkey 14/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)

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Russia News and Form

Following on from totally waking up the World Cup after poor form, Russia have continued in a positive manner. They are W2 D1 in their last three games now, including that 2-1 success away at Turkey in their opening Nations League fixture. They beat the Czech Republic 5-1 after that in a friendly before playing out a 0-0 draw in midweek against Sweden in the Nations League.

So Russia have suffered just the one loss in their last nine games (W4 D1 L1) so that’s some pretty decent stuff from them. Because they have taken only one clean sheet in seven, both teams to score in this rematch is at even money and it’s worth a flutter* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm).

Both teams have scored in four of Russia’s last five games so there is a good trend. This is a big opportunity for Russia now to drive forward in their positive vein if they could win this Nations League group with a game to spare. A win here would leave them with just the concern over Sweden winning their last two to finish level on points with them.

If they were to play out to a draw here then they could still win the group if Sweden were to fail to beat Turkey on November 17th, with the Russians due to meet the Swedes in the final match of the group three days later. It is a good position for the Russians at the moment and Russia to win by 1 goal is at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm).

Turkey News and Form

Turkey looked unpredictable going into the Nations League and that is exactly what they have been for punters. They suffered that 2-1 home loss against Russia in their opener, but then out of nowhere rescued a situation to beat Sweden in their second group game. Out in Sweden, Turkey were 2-1 down with two minutes to play.

With their Nations League campaign looking dead and buried just two minutes to play, but then Emre Akbaba come up with two goals in two minutes to turn everything on its head. Over 2.5 goals is at 5/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 12th, 2018 at 4:31 pm).

You would naturally imagine that given the situation, Russia would be conservative and just hope to snatch a win. But Turkey are loose at the back with only one clean sheet in their last eight games played. So we are looking at goals for our Russia v Turkey predictions.

Going back to pushing the game over 2.5 goals, Turkey have scored in all but one of their last nine games, so there is value there. In their last seven away games Turkey have produced a W1 D4 L2 record, so don’t have the winning form for punters on their travels. A win puts them two points clear at the top.

Russia v Turkey Head to Head

It was a 2-1 success that Russia got out in Turkey in that first Nations League fixture. That leaves them W2 D2 in four previous games against Turkey. From their two previous meetings in Russia, the Russians are W1 D1. Just one of the four previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.

Russia v Turkey Predictions

Russia to win: We are looking at home advantage doing the job in this one. It could be tight as there is a lot at stake in this one and Russia won’t want to let things slip on home soil. So we are looking at them to edge it by a one goal margin.

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