Group A with Netherlands as the overall favorites to qualify from the group, sees the third best team in the world on the fifth place in the group of six teams. Czech Republic, the current group A leaders, meet Turkey in one of the most interesting Friday matches. The visitors have had problems beating Turkey at home even if they won back in 2013 and kept a clean sheet. For this match the bookmakers favor the hosts even if they lost in the first qualification game.
Fatih Terim knows the only way to beat the visitors is to outsmart their tactics, a task which most likely will fall towards Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan. Turkey lost surprisingly against Iceland 3-0, and found themselves on the last place on the table with a negative goal average. So far, the hosts have played seven matches this year, won five of them and lost against USA and the aforementioned Iceland. They have big injury worries for this match as Demirel, Toprak, Yilmaz and Pekmetek seem to have withdrawn from the squad due to different degrees of injuries. Terim still hopes to get either player back, and if he won’t manage then Turan will have to be backed up by Bulut up front.
Czech Republic won surprisingly against Netherlands in the first match, and their captain is the main man for their midfield. Petr Chech is constant in the goal even if he gets little play time at Chelsea, and their downside is the defense, where they leave too many spaces for the opposite team to explore. They don’t have injury worries, though a flu virus has put a few players under doubt. The away match against Turkey is a test of sorts to check whether their form against Netherlands wasn’t just a fluke.
888sport favors the hosts to win and gives them 2.16 odds for an outright win, Czech Republic got 3.40 and a draw has 3.30 odds. Both teams to score has 1.94 odds, Turkey to lead at half time 2.85 odds, Czech Republic 3.90. Over 2.5 goals has 2.16 odds, Turkey for both halves 3.35 odds, Czech Republic 5.30 and the wincast market of Lafata to score and the visitors to win has 7.00 odds. We are betting 8 units on the visitors to score over 1.5 goals per match at 3.30 with 888sport.