Turkey v Sweden Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 17/11/18
Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marchCF96) previews Turkey v Sweden and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s UEFA Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Turkey v Sweden Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 17/11/18
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports
Sweden head into these last two games of the Nations League needing points to avoid relegation. They currently sit bottom of League B Group 2 but have played a game less than both Russia and their opponents here, Turkey.
The home side have played three matches, winning one and losing two. They lost home and away to Russia, who are four points clear at the top of this group, and look set to be promoted into League A.
Sweden punched above their weight in the World Cup in the summer but have since struggled. They have failed to win any of their four matches since the finals and lost at home to Turkey in the reverse fixture back in September.
This fixture is basically a relegation scrap, with the loser suffering that fate to League C. Turkey’s two defeats to Russia in this competition are their only defeats in any of their last nine fixtures and they have lost just four times in their previous 18 games at home.
Neither side are in great form but given the home advantage and the fact Turkey have already beaten Sweden away from home in this group, the 7/5 on offer for them to win here definitely appeals.
Mehmet Topal is back in the squad and will be hoping to start in midfield. Otherwise, the Turkey side will be similar to the one that started the last handful of matches.
Emil Forsberg was not selected for the squad but he is the only absentee for the away team.
Potential Turkey Starting XI: Bolat; Celik, Aziz, Soyuncu, Kaldirim; Yokuslu, Topal; Under, Ozyakup, Calhanoglu; Tosun
Potential Sweden Starting XI: Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Durmaz, Larsson, Svensson, Claesson, Berg, Thelin
Head To Head
- These two nations have faced each other nine times, with Turkey winning four, Sweden winning just one and four draws. Turkey have won the last three meetings, with BTTS occurring in all of them.
- Turkey – 17/12
- Draw – 23/10
- Sweden – 23/10
With Russia already in-line to win the group, this game is a relegation decider, with Sweden still to play the Russians at home.
Turkey have the advantage of beating Sweden in September away from home, so they will be confident of picking up the necessary three points to avoid relegation. They are a tough side to play against and they have quality in their attack, with the likes of AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, Everton’s Cenk Tosun and Roma’s wonderkid, Cengiz Under.
Sweden are yet to win since the World Cup and do not travel to Turkey with much confidence. A difficult game to call but with 7/5 on offer for Turkey, that looks the best selection for this game.