Turkey v France Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 04, 2019
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Turkey host World Cup holders France in their attempt to qualify for the European Championships, with both sides in strong form. The two sides have won both of their opening games in the qualifying rounds, with Les Blues only narrowly ahead on goal difference.
France have a strong record over Turkey having won all three of the last meetings, albeit relying on a Karim Benzema penalty to do so in their last clash in June 2009.
Şenol Güneş is likely to make a number of changes to the side that beat Uzbekistan, bringing Cenk Tosun and Cengiz Ünder back to bolster the front line. Oguzhan Ozyakup may also hope to feature in midfield, although would likely do so at Ozan Tufan's expense.
Kylian Mbappe may miss out on Saturday, having sustained an ankle injury during a friendly against Bolivia during the week. This could see Kingsley Coman stepping into the right-wing position, with N'golo Kante also expected to reclaim his place in midfield over Tanguy NDombele.
Turkey v France Predictions and Preview
France travel to Turkey on Saturday, for what is their most important fixture since their World Cup final win last summer. In Güneş' side, they face an opponent that is not only their closest competitor in their group for European Championship qualification, but a side that is in top-form.
Four straight wins has instilled new-found confidence in the Turkish side, and the impact is evident on the pitch, with Roma wonder-kid Cengiz Under unleashing a thunderbolt of a strike to open the scoring against Greece. The winger is 5/1 to hit the target again this weekend, and will undoubtedly be a handful for Benjamin Pavard, who prefers a centre-back role to the right-back spot he fills for France.
Despite the optimism, Güneş will be aware that his recent opposition is nowhere near the calibre of France. Les Blues have dispatched the likes of Iceland and Germany in fixtures this year, and despite falling to an unexpected defeat to the Netherlands, appear to have even improved on their World Cup squad. The likes on NDombele have added an extra physicality to midfield, whilst Lucas Digne has proved his worth at left-back.
Saturday's game remains their first competitive test of the year, and Didier Deschamps will be keen that his team picks up a result. They will be confident that they can do so, but would be wise not to underestimate their hosts.
France to win both halves at 11/8
A quick start for Les Blues will ease the nerves so expect Deschamps to encourage attacking play from the offset.
Olivier Giroud to score anytime at 13/8
Although far from France's most celebrated player, he is an integral part of their system, and is often left unguarded given Antoine Griezmann's outstanding movement.