Friday, November 15, 2019

Prediction: France vs Turkey

Verdict: Over 2.5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: 888sport

The two best teams in Group H of the 2020 European Championship Qualifiers will collide this Monday at Stade de France when Les Bleus take on Turkey. Both sides have 18 points after seven matches, and the scenario is quite clear. The team that gets the win, will probably secure a spot in the 2020 EUROS. Kick-off for this match has been settled at 19:45 hrs BST.

France

Didier Deschamps’ men have looked absolutely dominant at home during the 2020 European Championship Qualifiers. Aside from winning their first three matches on home soil, they have done so by a three-goal margin each time. That has been the case despite some key absences on recent months, as players such as N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe have all missed time, just to mention a few. But France’s incredible depth has been a major strength for the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions thus far. The 2016 European Championship finalists are also looking to become Europe’s best team, in an effort to complete the “double” that would represent being both World Champions and European title holders. Their performances during the current Qualifiers shouldn’t leave doubts over what they are capable of doing. France have won six of seven matches to date, scoring 20 goals while conceding just four.

Team News

France’s biggest absence will be Hugo Lloris. The Tottenham goalkeeper will be out until next year due to a serious shoulder injury.

Leo Dubois and Kylian Mbappe have also been ruled out due to injuries.

Turkey

Surprisingly, Turkey sit at the top of Group H. Even though they are tied with France at the top of the standings with 18 points (W6, L1) and carry a worst goal differential than Monday’s opponents (+13 against France’s +16), they sit ahead of them on the table since they won the previous H2H meeting – a 2-0 win on Turkish soil. Turkey have looked absolutely impressive so far during the 2020 European Championship Qualifiers, and only two sides – Belgium and Ukraine – have conceded fewer goals than Senol Gunes’ men. Led by Everton’s striker Cenk Tosun, veteran midfielder Emre Belozoglu and promising centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, Turkey have proven they can go toe-to-toe against virtually any team in the world given their current form. Can they pull the upset and shock the world by defeating the World Champions on their own turf?

Team News

Turkey do not have any injury concerns ahead of this match.

Key Factors to Consider

  • France have looked absolutely dominant, leading at both half-time and full-time in five of their six wins during the current Qualifying run.
  • Both France and Turkey are in pole position to qualify. Both teams have won six of seven Qualifying matches thus far.
  • None of the five previous meetings between these two sides has produced a goalless first half. So we could be in line for several goals.
  • France have the edge, though – they have won the last two home matches they have played against Turkey.
  • The visitors have conceded just one goal in their last five matches in all competitions.

Conclusion

Both Turkey and France have averaged over two goals per game during the current Qualifiers. That should be enough reason to think we might be in line for a high-scoring affair. Especially since the winner would esentially clinch a spot in the 2020 EUROS.

Expect this game to feature at least three goals scored in total.

Verdict: Over 2.5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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