Group A has shown to be full of intense matches so far due to its tough competition, with none other than Iceland sitting at the top. Turkey is currently taking up the 4th spot in this mini group of death. The difference between them and the 5th placed Latvia is 5 points, while they fall short by just 1 point to the 3rd placed Netherlands.
Turkey has been showing consistent performance under their current coach Fatih Terim, who took up his 3rd term at his nation’s team in 2013. They are yet to record a loss in their last five competitive matches, winning two matches versus Kazakhstan, drawing two vs Latvia, and drawing once more vs The Netherlands away from home.
Although they failed to qualify for the World Cup, there is no telling how their run in the Euro 2016 qualifiers will look like come the end of the group stage. Still, many are doubtful of Turkey’s chances to secure a top 3 spot due to the strength of the group’s remaining teams.
The Netherlands have not proved to be overly impressive in the Euro 2016 qualifiers so far. 3rd place in Group A is nothing to scoff at, and it secures a qualifying spot if they remain there, but there is work to be done if they are to become more than a shadow of their former glory. Iceland has shown to be their kryptonite so far in the group; Netherlands lost both matches to the group leaders (0:1 and 2:0) without managing to score, while they 3rd loss of the group stage was against the Czech Republic, played around this time last year.
This match in particular peaks the interest of bettors and fans due to the current group standings. Turkey will look to overthrow The Netherlands for the 3rd spot in the group, while The Netherlands will look to maintain their current position. The difference between both teams is exactly one point, and their head to head further reinforces the match’s unpredictability.
The teams’ last meeting in the group ended with a result of 1:1, with The Netherlands salvaging a draw in the 92nd minute thanks to Huntelaar.
Despite this, most bookmakers are backing Netherlands as the winner with average odds rounding up to 2.20 or 6/5. The head2head of this matchup tells a different story, which is the goals scored statistics. In the teams’ last five meetings, all five have ended up with no more than 2 goals scored in total.
Moreover, Turkey has conceded a total of 9 goals so far in the group stage, while Netherlands have conceded only 7.
In such a tight matchup with so much at stake, betting right out on the winner is like playing with fire. We recommend taking up a slightly safer option and betting on under 2.5 goals at average odds of 1.70 or 7/10.
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