Russia vs Turkey: UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday. Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
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Russia narrowly lead Turkey in their Nations League group at the half-way stage. All three teams have played three games, with Russia the only one yet to lose. The World Cup hosts have build on their summer success and are now chasing promotion to the top flight of European nations. However, they missed a huge opportunity when they drew 0-0 with Sweden in midweek. Can they kick on after that setback and claim three points in their final home game of the campaign?
A home double header in October looked like a huge chance for the Russians to kick on and establish themselves top of the pile. They made the perfect start, following up their World Cup heroics with a 2-1 win away to Turkey. The hosts have looked to boost their profile in the light of their run to the last eight in the summer, and they’ve claimed two wins and a draw since their exit to Croatia back in July. However, will that form take them to a victory on Sunday?
The visitors missed out on a trip to Russia in the summer, but they aren’t unfamiliar with this weekend’s opponents. This is the third meeting between the pair in 2018, after they drew in a pre-World Cup friendly. Back then, Russia looked like doomed hosts of the World Cup, but they managed to kick on during the summer, and they followed that up with a win in their rematch. Meanwhile, Turkey managed to get back on track with a win over Sweden in the Nations League, but claiming a victory in this trip is going to be difficult.
Turkey head to Sochi having failed to win any of their last five meetings with Russia. On top of that, the hosts have won three of those five encounters, and they are chasing a fourth victory this weekend. Their impressive form in September shows their potential, as they followed up a victory in Turkey by hammering the Czech Republic 5-1 at home.
The hosts have taken their matches on the road this autumn, as they look to build on the momentum that the World Cup brought. They should get a strong reception in Sochi, and we expect the hosts to have enough to claim a huge three points here. A win would be almost enough to confirm their promotion to the top flight, and secure a Euro 2020 play-off spot. We see the hosts doing that, and we think they’re well priced to beat a Turkey side who failed to win four of their five trips in World Cup qualifying.