Turkey (@7.0) vs Russia (@1.07)

Our Prediction:

Russia will win

Turkey – Russia Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 08:30

Their impressive form in September shows their potential, as they followed up a victory in Turkey by hammering the Czech Republic 5-1 at home. On top of that, the hosts have won three of those five encounters, and they are chasing a fourth victory this weekend. Turkey head to Sochi having failed to win any of their last five meetings with Russia.

The World Cup hosts have build on their summer success and are now chasing promotion to the top flight of European nations. Russia narrowly lead Turkey in their Nations League group at the half-way stage. Can they kick on after that setback and claim three points in their final home game of the campaign? However, they missed a huge opportunity when they drew 0-0 with Sweden in midweek. All three teams have played three games, with Russia the only one yet to lose.

Instead, Aleksandr Golovin who missed the win in Turkey returned to the starting line-up, while Guilherme was back in goal. Russia attracted headlines for the wrong reasons in the build-up to their match with Sweden, following news Aleksandr Kokorin had been arrested for assault. Daler Kuzyaev dropped to the bench on the wing, but could return to the starting line-up in place of Alexei Ionov. It should not have affected them on the pitch, therefore, as they continue to build on the back of their successful home World Cup. The striker has not played since March, however, with Artem Dzyuba having established himself as the countrys number one striker during Kokorins injury absence. Alan Dzagoev was not named in the match-day squad against Sweden, despite being ruled fit enough to be called up.

Russia vs Turkey Head-to-Head Stats

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Last month, in Turkey, Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead and, after Serdar Azizs equaliser just before half-time, Artem Dzyubas goal early in the second period secured an away win. This will be the third time the two nations have met in 2018, having also drawn 1-1 in a friendly in June ahead of the World Cup Aleksandr Samedov scoring for the hosts before Yunus Malli equalised after the break. Turkey are yet to beat Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union, with defeat in the reverse fixture making it three Russian wins and two draws in the five games they have played.

This Fridays match sees Turkey and Russia enter the UEFA Nations League. The pair find themselves in League B, Group 2 along with Sweden and it should be a pretty competitive group given it does contain two World Cup Quarter-Finalists. The sides played out a draw only three months ago so they should be pretty familiar with each other and it has the makings of a close game.

Expert Verdict: Russia managed to find form at just the right time for the 2018 World Cup, putting a miserable run of form behind them to reach a respectable quarter-final finish at their home tournament. Turkey were one of the teams they failed to beat in the build-up to the tournament, but buoyed by their World Cup performances - and having also not lost this fixture since the break-up of the Soviet Union - they should have enough to win.

Russia vs Turkey Prediction

They had a positive record during the preparation with 5 victories and 4 defeats, but from our point of view, they didnt show their real face. Aleksey Shved and Timofey Mozgov are the two biggest stars in the Russian team, but we have to add that the rest of the core is sustained by experienced players who play in the domestic league, mostly in CSKA Moscow. Russia is a mystery. They are relying on a high number of points without actually putting too much effort on the defensive end. It means that they know each other very well.

Turkey had a rather dismal campaign in the World Cup Qualifications, but certain improvements can be noticed under Mircea Lucescu. The team head into this with a streak of four games without a loss, but the Romanian manager has reasons to be worried with his defensive line which shipped five goals in last three friendlies against teams like Montenegro, Iran and Tunisia.