Turkey v Iceland Betting Preview | 6th October
In our Turkey v Iceland betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Friday’s Group I World Cup Qualifier.
Turkey v Iceland Betting Preview
Venue: New Eskisehir Stadium
Turkey play host to Iceland in a crucial World Cup with both sides battling it out to reach next summer’s finals in Russia. Iceland are in the box-seat to at least claim a top two finish as they are joint-top of Group I with Croatia with just two games left in qualifying. Turkey are two points behind Iceland knowing a win is a must if they are to keep alive their hopes of playing at the World Cup next year.
Iceland got the better of Turkey in their first meeting at the start of their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win and they are sure to be in for a red-hot reception in Turkey as the hosts look for revenge.
Turkey’s fate is in their own hands with two wins from their final two games sealing a play-off spot at least, while Iceland know a point will go a long way to helping them claim the play-off spot.
Turkey, who are in good form having lost just one of their last seven games, are historically strong at home and they have won three and drawn one of their qualifying games on home soil this campaign, while Iceland have struggled on their travels with their only win away from home coming against Kosovo.
Arda Turan is in line to win his 100th cap for Turkey if he plays against Iceland.
Mevlut Erdinc is back in the squad for the first time in a year, but he is likely to have to content himself with a place on the bench with Mircea Lucescu set to stick with the side that beat Croatia in their last qualifier last month.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrímsson has no injury concerns to deal with and will look to his experienced players to help them get a positive result to keep alive their hopes of qualifying.
Gylfi Sigurddson, who has struggled for form at Everton since his arrival in the summer, will play in the No. 10 role behind lone front man Alfred Finnbogason.
Potential Turkey Starting XI: Babacan, Ayan, Topal, Söyüncü, Erkin, Sahin, Özyakup, Turan, Çalhanoğlu, Tosun, Yilmaz.
Potential Iceland Starting XI: Halldórsson, Saevarsson, Ingason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Berg Gudmundsson, Bjarnason, Sigurdsson, Finnbogason
Head To Head
- Turkey and Iceland have met 10 times.
- Iceland have won 6 times and drawn 2 games.
Stats & Facts
- Iceland’s only win away to Turkey was in 1980.
- Iceland have failed to score goals in two of their last four away games.
Turkey – 6/5, Draw – 28/11, Iceland– 10/3
- Turkey to win 1-0 – 6/1
- Under 1.5 goals – 28/13
- Cenk Tosun to score anytime – 23/10