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Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Turkey vs. Iceland


Published on: 12/10/2015

Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Turkey vs. Iceland

October 13, 2015 19:45pm – Konya Büyükşehir Torku Arena

Euro 2016 – Group A

Turkey can claim third place in Group A and book a place in the Euro 2016 play-offs if they can avoid defeat in Konya on Tuesday night.

Defeat could end Turkey’s play-off hopes

There will be a tense atmosphere in Konya on Wednesday as the Turkish national team attempts to avoid defeat at home in order to secure a place in the European Championship play-offs. A win or a draw would be good enough to put their name in the pot for November`s crucial third-place clashes.

Fatih Terim`s team will be facing an Iceland side that has already qualified for next summer`s football extravaganza and has little left to play for apart from a top-spot finish in Group A. Turkey have only ever beaten Iceland once in eight previous encounters.

Turkey put themselves in a great position by beating second-ranked side team Czech Republic away from home on Saturday night. With Netherlands prevailing in Kazakhstan, the win meant that Turkey`s play-off fate remained in their own hands.

While a win would be welcome, a draw would also be enough to send Turkey through to the play-offs thanks to their superior head-to-head record against the Dutch. The last time the teams met in Reykjavik, the Icelanders ran out victors by three goals to nil.

Euro berth secure for Iceland>

As things stand, Iceland would still win group A if they finish level on points with the Czech Republic thanks to their superior goal difference. However, a win would guarantee top spot for the North Atlantic side. A draw could allow the Czech Republic to overtake them should they manaage to win in the Netherlands.

Iceland cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first Group A meeting between these two sides, although they did play the final 30 minutes against 10 men following the dismissal of Turkish player Ömer Toprak.

Recent form (Euro Qualifying)

Turkey: WLLWD

Iceland: LWWLD

Betting odds and tips

Turkey have won theirextra focus they need to avoid defeat in this match. However, Iceland have been dominant on the road and will not give the Turkish team an easy ride. The draw looks like the choice bet and is currently last three at home and will be hoping to add a fourth on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Iceland will be looking for their fourth away win of the campaign when they travel to Konya.

This game has far greater consequences for the home side, and that level of intensity should give them the available at 16/5 with Betfred.

Published on: 12/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (12/10/2015 12:09:30) but are subject to change.