Turkey and Wales face off in the second round of matches from Group A and both sides are now in desperate need of a win: Turkey were comfortably beaten by Italy in the tournament’s opening game and Wales only managed to rescue a draw against Switzerland.
European Championship 2020
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium
Turkey suffered only their third defeat in 21 games as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat, three second-half goals doing the damage. Turkey’s defeat to Italy prolonged their record of losing every opening game at a Euro finals tournament .
Turkey never looked threatening at any point against Italy, and they will need their strikers to be at their best against a Welsh side that looked shaky at the back against Switzerland. Another defeat here for the Turks may well just end any hopes of progressing to the next round for them.
Wales started their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland. The scoreline flattered them, as they should have been on the receiving end of a defeat but they managed to steal a point in the end.
Rob Page’s side never looked too dangerous going forward and only managed to raise their tempo after going a goal down. They will feel confident about their chances of beating Turkey though, after seeing their display against Italy but will need to up their own game to avoid having any hopes of progressing in the competition resting on the prospect of going into the final group game needing to beat Italy to qualify.
Turkey do not have any injury concerns ahead of their game against Wales.
All 26 players are available for selection for the game.
Turkey’s last five games: DWDWL
Wales’ last five games: WWLDD
Wales have not beaten Turkey since 1981.
Turkey have produced under 2.5 shots on target in five of their last six European Championship games.
Kieffer Moore headed home Wales’ equaliser late on in the game against Switzerland and came close to scoring early in the first half.
He’ll be looking to build on that impressive showing against a Turkish defence that may struggle to deal with his movement and ariel ability. Back him to score anytime at odds of 16/5.
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