Russia v Turkey Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 14/10/18

Russia v Turkey Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Russia v Turkey and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Russia v Turkey Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 14/10/18
  • Time: 17:00
  • Venue: Fisht Stadium
  • Channel: N/A

Russia host Turkey in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday Afternoon and a win for the hosts would see them move within 1 point of promotion. Russia have carried on where the left off in the summer with a good start to their Nations League campaign they sit on 4 points with 1 win and a draw so far. Russia go into the match as warm favourites at 5/4 to win the match with Turkey 12/5 to get the win in Sochi.

Turkey grabbed a last minute win against Sweden last time out but they’ll be up against it here. That win was their first win away from Turkish soil in 7 matches. The Crescent Moons have struggled away from home and that might be down to their defending, they have already conceded 4 goals across 2 games in the Nations League so far and they have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 12 matches. Those clean sheets came against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ireland. Russia on the other hand have only failed to find the net once in their last 9 games. Both teams to score in this match is 1/1 (William Hill) and that could be a good option as the previous 2 meetings between the sides this calendar year has seen both sides find the back of the net.

Russia holds 5 game unbeaten record against Turkey and I think they could be on track to extend that. They’ll be looking to striker Artem Dzyuba to fire them to victory, the 30-year-old scored his 15th goal for Russia in the reverse fixture and he is currently a generous 5/1 (Bet365) to score first on Sunday.

Another angle that interests me in this match is Russia to win and over 2.5 goals at 14/5 (Betbright). 6 out of the last 8 matches involving Russia have seen over 2.5 goals scored, this bodes well for that angle of attack and I think with Russia’s vastly experienced squad we could see the home team come out on top.

Team News

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. The striker has not played since March, however, with Artem Dzyuba having established himself as the country’s number one striker during Kokorin’s injury absence

Emre Akbaba was ruled out of the current Turkey squad through injury, but there were otherwise few changes from the defeat to Russia last time out.

Potential Russia Starting XI: Guilherme, Manuel Fernandes, Roman Neustadter, Georgiy Dzhikiya, Konstantin Rausch, Yury Gazinskiy, Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba

Potential Turkey Starting XI: Sinan Bolat, Sener Ozbayrakli, Caglar Soyuncu, Kaan Ayhan, Omer Bayram, Mahmut Texdemir, Okay Yokuslu, Cengiz Under, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Hakan Calhanoglou, Cenk Tosun

Head To Head

  • Turkey are yet to beat Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
  • 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.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Turkey have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 matches.
  • 6 of the last 8 games involving Russia have seen over 2.5 goals scored.

Betting Odds

  • Russia 5/4
  • Draw 23/10
  • Turkey 11/4

The Verdict

This game will be a close one and might not be the greatest of spectacles but I think we will hopefully see goals in this match. I’d side with the Russians to come out on top in this one and carry on building from their impressive World Cup.

Recommended Bets

  • Dzyuba First Goalscorer 5/1 (Bet365)
  • Both teams to score 1/1 (William Hill)
  • Russia to win and over 2.5 goals 14/5 (Betbright)