Turkey v Sweden Betting Tips & Predictions
There’s money to be made with good Turkey v Sweden betting tips. Saturday brings a fast-moving, action-packed feast of football from the international scene. Some of the biggest names in Europe do battle for three UEFA Nations League points in front of the Sky Sports cameras. There’s enough to keep armchair fans glued to their TV screens; it also has all the ingredients of a memorable day for punters.
Kicking off at the slightly earlier time of 5.00pm, residents of planet football have Turkey v Sweden to enjoy from Konya Buyuksehir Stadi. The two sides involved aim to land the win needed to put pressure on Group B2 pace-setters Russia. They sit proudly atop the pool with seven points in the book, banked thanks to two wins and a draw.
Turkey are, at this stage, their nearest rivals on three points – lose, win, lose. However, they have played a game more than Sweden. The Swedes can be found on the bottom rung after picking up just one of the first six points available to them. The winners of this match will breathe new life into their campaign… but who will that be?
Hosts Suffering from Lack of Form
Turkey train for this match knowing recent form is very much against them. The Crescent-Stars have managed to win only one of their six most-recent outings. The spare in that less than impressive run came over Sweden in this very competition away from home back in September. 3-2 was the final score in what was a breath-takingly dramatic match.
Thelin and Claesson were on the scoresheet either side of the break for the beaten team that night. Unfortunately, those goals were matched, and eventually beaten, by Calhanoglu and a late Akbaba double. Incredibly, the scoreboard read Sweden 2-1 Turkey heading into the final few minutes, before an equaliser came on 88 and winner on 92. It was a stunning end to the fixture and it was no surprise to see Sweden left feeling like a team who had been robbed blind.
Since that triumph, Turkey have drawn with Bosnia at home – a team they really should be beating – and were beaten 2-0 by Russia on their last outing, downed by the group leaders last month. Neustadter got things moving with an opening goal on 20 minutes and it was wrapped up by teammate Cheryshev when hitting a second on 78. A fair result and one that left Mircea Lucescu’s crew playing catch-up and in desperate need of the points here.
Sweden Winless in Five
Like their opponents, Sweden have won only one of their last six and are, in fact, without a victory in their five most recent goes. That’s rare for a nation who were once ranked amongst the best in the world. In fact, FIFA placed them second in 1994. They can currently be found perched in 17th spot and looking distinctly sorry for themselves. They know their ratings are set to tumble again in the near future; especially if they fail to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
Janne Andersson is worried for the future. However, he knows the best way to get the fans believing again is with a run of favourable results. What has already happened in this competition means there’s no chance of them winning the bracket and repairing the damage. What they can aim for, however, is damage limitation. Finishing second behind a very good Russian team would go someway to seeing them achieve that.
Sweden’s last victory came over Switzerland at the World Cup round of 16 back in the summer. Since then they’ve suffered a real fall from grace, losing to England, Austria and Turkey, scoring two goals and conceding seven. They did pick-up a surprise 0-0 vs Russia last month before holding on for a 1-1 at home to Slovakia. That may just have helped steady the ship a little and divert them away from the rocks, at least for the time being.
Trust the Trends
Saturday will be the 12th recorded competitive meeting between Turkey and Sweden. It’s fair to say the home side have dominated in the past, leading the head-to-head stats 5-2 with four matches drawn. The rivals first met in 1951 when Sweden got off to the perfect start, notching a 3-1 result; however, they lost the most recent pairing, that 3-2 being one of the most enjoyable on the list.
Five goals would’ve come as no surprise to football punters who enjoy keeping the stats close; both teams have scored in each of the last three renewals and five of the last six. That’s useful information and could lead to you landing a winning bet when they go back at it. There are plenty of options to follow the form too.
Back both teams to score again at a handy even money with William Hill – no is a surprise 8/11 favourite with the same firm – over 2.5 goals catches the eye at 13/10 when getting your stake down at Bet365 – under 2.5 a tight 8/13.
There’s a Big Price to be Had
The reason we love the trends in football betting is it so often gifts you a strong play when there seems to be no angle in. So here is the best of the bunch. Turkey have beaten Sweden in each of the last three matches, a run stretching back to March 2015. You’ll have to cover five games – September 2001 – to find the last time Sweden won.
As far as clues go, that’s about as strong as we could hope to find. Back Turkey to enhance their reputation at a cracking 7/5 – top price at Unibet – and, even if you don’t win, you can take heart from the fact you have been looking in all the right places.
After something a bit bigger to keep you on the edge of your set during the 90 minutes? Combine the stats and back both teams to score in a Turkey win at 9/2 (William Hill). That’s certainly enough to win us over and we’re certain it’ll be popular with those who like to play small stakes for big returns.