Wales take on Turkey in their second Euro 2020 fixture at the Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening.
The Welsh come into this game on the back of a draw with Switzerland on Saturday. Borussia Monchengladbach forward Breel Embolo put the Swiss ahead early in the second half.
Wales regrouped and struck back in the 74th minute through Kieffer Moore. The Cardiff City striker rose highest to head home and level the scores.
Robert Page’s men survived a late scare in the game also. Mario Gavranovic found himself with acres of space in the box and slotted home for Switzerland.
However, the goal was quickly ruled out by VAR for offside. Wales survived the closing minutes to secure their first point of Euro 2020.
Turkey had a slightly different start to their campaign. They were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Italy courtesy of three second half goals.
That result leaves the Turks needing to win this game to have any chance of progression from Group A.
Below, we’ll preview this Euro 2020 fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…
Turkey vs Wales Predictions
Wales shocked the footballing world back at Euro 2016, getting all the way to the semi-finals. They were beaten 2-0 by eventual winners Portugal.
It looks as though the players have carried that spirit into this tournament also. The fight they showed against Switzerland was a warning to teams that they aren’t here to make up the numbers.
A win in this game will all but guarantee Wales’ progression into the knockout stages. Especially if Italy also beat Switzerland, as they are expected to do so.
The manner of Turkey’s defeat to Italy will be of some concern for head coach Senol Gunes.
After managing to withstand the Italy attack in the first half, Turkey fell apart in the second. A Merih Demiral own goal sent Italy on their way in the game. It was all one way traffic from there.
Turkey looked exhausted and struggled to keep up with Italy’s impressive passing and movement.
Any hope of a Turkey comeback was wiped out with a second Italy goal on 66 minutes. The Turkish back line switched off and Ciro Immobile ghosted in to make it 2-0. Lorenzo Insigne completed the scoring 13 minutes later.
Although Turkey were expected to lose the game, they didn’t show a lot of fight. That could provide Wales with plenty of encouragement.
If Page’s team can strike first, they might be able to go on and get the much needed three points. Turkey need to win this though, so you’d expect a much better performance from them.
Read on for our Turkey v Wales predictions and best bets.
Turkey vs Wales Head to Head
These two nations have met on six previous occasions. Wales have three wins to their name, with Turkey having two wins to theirs. The other being a draw.
The first meeting was all the way back in 1978 in Euro 1980 qualifying. Wales won that first game 1-0, but Turkey won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline a year later.
Wales and Turkey were again drawn together in 1982 World Cup qualifying. This time, Wales would win the home fixture by an impressive 4-0 scoreline. They then won the game in Turkey by a much tighter 1-0 score.
It would then be a further 15 years before the two countries would met again. This time it was in 1998 World Cup qualifying and the first game resulted in an uneventful 0-0 draw.
The reverse fixture more than made up for that though. Turkey eventually ran out 6-4 winners at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. However, neither nation would go on to qualify from the group.
Since the last meeting was 14 years ago, the head to heads don’t really provide much insight for this game. However, a tight game is expected and it could come down to a single goal.
Turkey Team News – L W D W D
Turkey were more or less at full strength for their clash with Italy. Now that they come into this needing a win, a very similar side is expected to start.
Veteran striker Burak Yilmaz is most likely to lead the line again. The 35 year old played the full 90 minutes on Friday though, so it’s unlikely he’ll see out the entirety of this game.
AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu couldn’t really get into the game against Italy. Turkey will need a lot more from him if they are to threaten Wales here.
Leicester City midfielder Cengiz Under was one of the few positives from the Italy game. He was a bright spark for Turkey after coming on from the bench for the second half.
Our Turkey v Wales predictions expect Under to start this game after that showing. He should also be joined by club teammate Caglar Soyuncu in the starting XI.
Wales Team News – D D L W W
Wales are expected to go with the 4-3-3 formation that served them well against Switzerland last time out.
Gareth Bale played the entire 90 minutes in the opener. He hasn’t played two consecutive 90 minute matches since October 2019 though.
Robert Page has a decision to make. Start with Bale, hope he can provide some magic, and sub him off; or have him on the bench as a potential game changer. We think Page will opt for the prior of those options and start the Real Madrid forward.
Wales’ goal scorer on Saturday Kieffer Moore has surely secured his spot in the starting XI again here. Dan James was brought off after 75 minutes in the Switzerland game and is expected to start again here.
Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey are likely to start in the midfield for Wales. They could be joined by Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson, who was an unused sub last time out.
Turkey vs Wales Betting Tips
Despite that disappointing start against Italy, Turkey are the favourites to win here. The traders have the Turks priced at 7/5 to win in our Turkey v Wales match bets.
The odds suggest that this will be a tight one. Wales are priced at 9/4 to win the game and likely book their place in the knockouts. Good value if you think they can get the three points.
The draw is priced at 2/1, which suggests the traders can’t decide how this game will go. This could be the most likely outcome, with so much on the line neither side will want to lose.
With Bale on their side, there’s always a chance that something special will happen. We’re predicting the Madrid forward to inspire his country to a massive win.