Czech Republic vs Turkey Predictions & Betting Tips

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Czech Republic
Turkey

Tip Reasoning

Czech Republic gave themselves a real chance of making it to the knockout stages with their late comeback against Croatia on Friday. They lost their opening game 1-0 after sitting incredibly deep against the controlling Spain, only to be stung in the tail right at the end of the game.

Against Croatia they tried to be a bit more adventurous, but they failed massively as Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic punished them with two goals inside the first hour of play. However, substitute Milan Skoda proved his worth when he powered an excellent header in to pull one back for Czech Republic. This came just after the dictating Luka Modric was taken off with an injury, and Czech Republic took full advantage of his absence as they started to mount a challenge on the Croatia defence. Crowd trouble among the Croatian fans brought a halt to the game in the closing stages, with flares and fireworks being thrown onto the pitch and fighting among the Croatia fans. Croatia lost concentration as a result, and in the 89th minute gave away a penalty for hand ball, which substitute Tomas Necid powered into the roof of the net to equalise.

This gives Czech Republic hope. A win against Turkey would take them up to four points in the group, which would draw them level with Croatia if they lose against Spain. 1-0 wins for both Czech Republic and Spain would leave them needing a fair play tiebreaker, but any more comprehensive victories for either team would see Czech Republic take 2nd position in the group.

Turkey still have hope as well thanks to the qualification of four of the six 3rd placed teams, but their performances so far won’t give them much confidence of getting anything.

They were poor against Croatia and ended up deservedly losing 1-0, and against Spain they were even worse. They held strong for half an hour before Alvaro Morata headed in the opener, and after that the Turkish players just seemed to shrink. Nolito added a second goal just minutes later before Morata got his second and Spain’s third. Turkey showed absolutely no signs of mounting a comeback as soon as the first goal went in, and eventually they settled for the three goal defeat. Their fans’ discontent was evident as they started booing their own players, and Arda Turan in particular came under a lot of scrutiny for his lack of performance.

Turkey will now hope that their key players can put in some sort of performance against Czech Republic, as they definitely need a win and probably need a good margin of victory to make up for the goal difference hit they took against Spain.

They should definitely have some more luck in front of goal against Czech Republic. The 3rd placed side are one of the worst defensive outfits at the tournament and have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 matches, whilst Turkey have scored in 15 of their last 18 matches, which includes a 2-0 win over Czech Republic.

Czech Republic have scored in 16 of their last 20 games though, and with both sides desperately needing a win there should be a lot of openings at the back for both teams to take advantage of. This makes odds of 8/11 for Both Teams to Score look good value to me. Ultimately I think Czech Republic will be high on the confidence of their fightback and can get a win though, so I’m backing a 2-1 correct score prediction at 9/1.

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