Wales - Turkey predictions and free betting tips [21/11/2023]
Tofay as part of the 10th round of Euro 2024 qualifiers, the Wales team will face the national team of Turkey. After drawing in Armenia over the weekend, the fate of the "dragons" is no longer in their own hands, while the guests have already secured their spot in the continental championship and are calmly completing the campaign.
Wales: Ward; Lockyer, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, J. James, Ampadu, Williams; Johnson, Wilson; Moore.
Turkey: Altay; Celik, Bardakcı, Kabak, Kadioglu; Akbaba, Ozcan, Yuksek; Akturkoglu, Yılmaz, Yıldız.
The match will take place in Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.
In their pursuit of a third consecutive ticket to the European Championship after participating in the 2016 and 2020 tournaments, the Wales team had good chances to finish in the top two before the last round. The "Dragons" had an equal number of points with Croatia, while Robert Page's charges have gained good form in autumn: they beat Latvia (0:2) in September, then thrashed Gibraltar in a friendly match (4:0), and dealt with the "checkers" in an essential match (2:1). However, things went awry last Saturday: the Welsh took from Yerevan only a draw (1:1), as a result of which they are now two points behind the Balkan team. Otherwise, even a victory of the white-red over Turkey on Tuesday will not be enough to take second place in the group standings - however, there is also a fallback option with a play-off in March thanks to a high rating in the Nations League.
Gareth Bale (111 matches, 41 goals) has already finished his professional career, while another star of this team Aaron Ramsey (Cardiff City, 21 goals) is injured. However, experienced goalkeeper Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), defenders Davies (Tottenham), Roberts (Burnley), Rodon (Leeds), Mepham (Bournemouth) and Williams (Nottingham Forest) are included in the home team. Midfielders Wilson (Fulham, 8 goals), Ampadu (Leeds) and Brooks (Bournemouth), as well as forwards James (Leeds, 6 goals), Moore (Bournemouth, 12 goals) and Johnson (Tottenham) are sure to start tonight. The captain's armband will be kept by Ben Davies, and the defender from Luton Town, Tom Lockyer, should join the trio of defenders. It's important to note that Chris Mepham will have to serve a suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards.
Turkey returns to the EURO after failing the last tournament in 2021, finishing last in their group. Currently leading the standings with a 3-point lead over Croatia, the guests are guaranteed to finish in the top two - the question is, at what exact line they finish. Having drawn a stalemate with Armenia in September (1:1), and then losing to Japan in a friendly (4:2), Vincenzo Montella's mentees won two victories last month - over Croatia (0:1) and Latvia (4:0). And finally, last weekend the Turks delighted fans in a friendly match against Germany, winning in Berlin with a score of 2:3. After the Germans took the lead, Ferdi Kadioglu and young Juventus player Kenan Yıldız made successful strikes. Shortly after the break, Niklas Füllkrug equalized, but substitute Sari converted a penalty and secured the victory for the southerners.
Central defender Söyüncü (Atletico Madrid), who was absent in October, is back in action, unlike young Arda Guler (1 goal), who has been plagued by injuries since the start of the season. Key forward Unal (Getafe) is still out. Ünder (Fenerbahce, 50 matches, 16 goals), defenders Celik (Roma, 40 matches), Ozkacar (Valencia), Ayhan (Galatasaray, 53 matches) and Demiral (Al-Ahli, 41 matches), midfielders Ozcan (Borussia Dortmund), Çalhanoğlu (Inter, 82 matches, 17 goals), Yazici (Lille) and Kokcu (Benfica) are ready to play from the first minute. Red and white's main striking force is forward Tosun (Besiktas), who has scored 20 goals in 50 matches.
These teams met each other in June, and then the Turks easily took the upper hand with a score of 2:0.
Match Prediction: Wales - Turkey
The visitors are inspired by their first victory over the German squad in Berlin in 72 years, while Wales has practically resigned to their fate of upcoming playoff match. Considering that the Turks need to score at least one point for a guaranteed finish at the top, the southerners will take the pitch in Cardiff with such a task in mind. The option of the guests not losing looks very solid.