With UEFA changing the qualification rules for the Euro 2016 tournament and having two teams from a group qualify directly for the group stage, Iceland hopes of making it at least to the play-offs. They host Turkey on Tuesday to determine which of the two teams get to walk away with not only three points, but also a qualification boost.
Iceland will rely on the experience of their two legends, while some of their stars like Sigthorsson and Sigurdsson will once again command the midfield. The team has improved a lot over the recent years, while Turkey failed to qualify for a tournament since 2010, which also includes three failed World Cups. Iceland missed on their Brazil ticket in the play-offs by falling to Croatia. In their last seven head to head matches, Iceland only managed to lose once against Turkey, while winning four matches and recording a draw.
Turkey won last week against Denmark, and Fatih Terim plans on using the victory to help his players out. “The Denmark game has given us a major morale boost heading to Iceland,” said Terim. “Denmark are a strong team. We played very well in the second half. We played a chess match.” The visitors will have to play without Nuri Sahin, recovering after a knee injury, but will take pride in having Arda Turan and Burak Ilmaz in great form.
Bet365 gives Turkey 2.05 odds for an outright win, Iceland 4.20 and a draw is at 3.40. Turkey with a -0.5 Handicap is at 2.05, Iceland with a +0.5 at 1.87 and Turkey to win by a one goal margin is at 3.60. Iceland to win to nil is at 6.50, Turkey at 3.10, and we’re betting 8 units on over 2.5 goals per match at 2.20 with Bet365.