Turkey have only ever qualified for two World Cups, in 1954 and 2002, so it was no surprise whatsoever to see them fail to make it to Russia for this summer’s competition, despite the quality that they boast. They were drawn in a difficult group to advance from, but finished fourth below Iceland, Croatia and Ukraine and recorded just four wins from 10.
The core group of their players, though, are young enough to improve and reaching Euro 2020 – which is taking place across the continent – should be achievable. Turkey will also provide some competitive opposition for the 2018 World Cup hosts Russia when the two countries meet on Tuesday in their final game before kicking-off the tournament against Saudi Arabia next Thursday.
Having qualified for this summer’s tournament when selected in 2010, Russia have not played a competitive fixture since Euro 2016 and their recent results have been worrying; they have not won since October and are on a three-game losing streak. The home side on Tuesday – the game is taking place at the VEB Arena in Moscow, which is not one of 12 Word Cup stadiums – did record a 3-3 draw with Spain in November, though, to show that they are capable of causing an upset.
The Russians are strong favourites to get three points in their first game at Tipbet and it will be interesting to see whether their home support can carry them to the last-16 from Group A, with Uruguay and Egypt the other opponents.
For Tuesday’s friendly there are over 80 markets at Tipbet. Despite their disappointing qualification campaign, Turkey have a decent chance of avoiding defeat – they are 3.35 for a win or 1.60 with Double Chance; that is to at least draw.
Russia are at 2.15 to head into the World Cup in winning ways, while there are plenty of other exciting odds markets to choose from, including on the correct number of goals scored, which side will get the most corners, and the goalscorers. View them all here after registering for a Tipbet account.