Knowing that just another point will see them land their spot at next year’s European Championships, a high-flying Turkey will welcome Iceland to İstanbul on Thursday evening.
Battling from behind to snatch a famous draw away in France last month, the Reds have continued to take Europe by storm and still find themselves topping Group H with just a pair of qualifying matchups remaining.
On the flip side, while Turkey may have one foot at EURO 2020, Iceland are more than aware that nothing short of a victory on Thursday and a minor miracle can see them secure a route out of Group H.
However, despite losing two of their last three qualifying matchups, the Blues will be boosted by their most recent meeting against Turkey when they met back in June.
Landing a 2-1 victory in Reykjavík, you might be interested to know that another shock Iceland win can be found at 15/4 with Paddy Power on Thursday evening.
Turkey continues to shine
Building off of their shock 2-0 victory over France back in June and snatching a point in Paris last month, the mood in Turkey’s camp only continues to soar.
Arguably the surprise package across Europe during qualifying, their stellar record over the defending world champions has seen them climb to the top of Group H and are in pole position to secure their spot at EURO 2020 as champions.
With just two qualifying matches reaming, Turkey are pencilled in at 8/11 with Coral to land top-spot in Group H, ahead of Les Bleus who are priced in at 1/1.
A huge part of the Reds’ stellar rise has come down to what is becoming a very eye-catching run on home soil.
Including their victory over France five months ago, Şenol Güneş’ men are in the midst of a six-match winning run in İstanbul and their defensive showings has continued to gain a long list of admirers.
Yet to concede a Group H goal in front of their own supporters, Turkey have also conceded just a single goal on home soil in their last seven appearances across all formats.
You might be interested to know that Thursday’s hosts can be found at 11/8 with Ladbrokes to come away with another clean sheet in midweek.
Iceland in need of a miracle
Although a routine 2-0 win over Andorra last month may have kept alive Iceland’s fading qualification hopes, the Blues are more than aware that it will take a minor miracle for them to land an automatic route to EURO 2020.
With just two Group H matches remaining, Erik Hamrén’s men are chasing down a four-point deficit to France and Turkey and are now priced as high as 25/1 with Bet365 to land what would be a remarkable top-two finish.
Suffering back-to-back defeats against Albania and Les Bleus earlier in the year, a huge part of Iceland’s continued issues are down to some glaring struggles on foreign soil.
Including shipping four against Albania back in September, they have now been hit with back-to-back defeats outside of Reykjavík, shipping a quartet of strikes in each of those defeats.
You might be interested to know that Hamrén’s away day strugglers are currently pencilled in at 9/1 with William Hill to once again ship over 3.5 goals on their travels in midweek.
Even more worrying for Iceland, they have recorded just a single victory on the road since January 2018.