Latvia vs Turkey Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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Turkey 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Latvia are a good counter-attacking outfit and scored three goals against Turkey in March.
  • Turkey have scored seven and conceded nine in their last four games.
  • Both teams have scored in four of the last six Latvia home games.

Turkey too passive when in front to trust

Turkey’s terrific start to this qualification programme looks to be in the distant past now as more points were dropped by the Crescent Stars at home to Norway on Friday.

Stefan Kuntz’s side looked just as passive as they did under his predecessor Senol Gunes in allowing an opponent back into the game when on top. That has been a recurring theme of Turkey’s games of late and echoes what happened when Latvia came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to grab a draw when these sides met in Istanbul earlier this year.

Latvia’s chances of doing anything other than making up the numbers in this group left town a long time ago, but they played with pride and discipline in a 1-0 home defeat to leaders Netherlands on Friday.

Latvia can test Turkey on the counter

And, as they demonstrated in Turkey, Dainis Kazakevičs pose a real threat on the counter attack, which is why we think they can score in this game too. Unlike the Dutch, Turkey don’t have great one-on-one defenders and it’s likely they will be exposed at some stage of this contest.

Turkey should really find the back of the net too, given they have scored seven goals in their four post-Euro 2020 qualifiers, so we think the price of around Evens is fine for both teams to register.

Turkey do have the talent to take three points here though, so we think a 2-1 correct score play fits a scenario where they have to come again after letting an early lead slip.

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