Friday 23rd March 2018

Turkey v Rep of Ireland 17:30

Both Turkey and Ireland failed to make it to the World Cup Finals in Russia this summer but we’ve still got a decent match to look forward to this Friday.

They last played back in 2014 – with Turkey winning taking that one 1-2, while the last time they met each other in Turkey it finished 0-0.

If the FIFA rankings are to be believed then with Turkey 38th and Ireland 31st then we should be in for a very close game.

The betting sort of backs this up with Turkey the 1.95 favourites, with the draw 3.20 and Ireland on offer at 4.20.

The sides have met 13 times, but with Ireland having the upper hand here with 5 wins to Turkey’s 2 then the visitors look the better value – the other 6 meetings were drawn.

In fact, 3 of the last 4 meetings between these sides ended all-square.

Turkey also haven’t lost against Ireland in their last four, but despite this good record this would be a risky option as Turkey actually head into the game having not won in their last 5 games.

In contrast to that, Ireland head here in much better form – they’ve only lost one of their last 7 games.

Another option could be in the Over/Unders market as 4 of the last 6 head-to-heads saw 3+ goals, but with ALL of Ireland’s last 6 matches going the other way (Under 2.5 goals) then this, again, might be a bit hit and miss. Over 2.5 goals is on offer at 2.50, with Under 2.5 goals at 1.50.

The better bet might be ‘both teams to score’. This has rewarded backers in 4 of the last 5 clashes so the 2.25 on this happening again certainly catches the eye.

However, with Turkey’s poor form heading into the game (not winning in their last 5) and the fact Ireland have lost just one of their last 7, then the 1.85 on either an Ireland win, or a draw in the ‘DOUBLE CHANCE’ catches the eye.




Friday 23rd March 2018

Turkey v Rep of Ireland 17:30

– Last met 2014, Ireland 1-2 Turkey
– Last repeat fixture (1999), Turkey 0-0 Ireland
– FIFA Rankings, Turkey 38, Ireland 31
– Met 13 times, Turkey 2, Draws 6, Ireland 5
– 3 of the last 4 heads-to-heads ended in DRAWS
– Turkey are unbeaten in their last 4 vs Ireland
– 4 of the last 6 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Both teams scored in 4 of the last 5 head-to-heads
– Ireland’s last 6 games all went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Ireland have lost just 1 of their last 7 games
– Turkey have NOT won in their last 5 games